Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
All of the profits from books sold on "Good Books" go to Oxfam, who set up all kinds of charity projects in developing countries. So instead of adding to the coffers of some online mega-corporation, your purchase is feeding a starving child, building a well for clean water, or some other such feel-good goal. Just when you thought shopping was self-indulgent!
And yes, they're selling Sex in a Tent - so feel free to make your purchase also contribute to the well-being of a struggling author in the wilds of New Zealand ;o)
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Anyway - ho ho ho and all that. Enjoy the sun or snow or whatever you're getting this holiday season!
Monday, December 17, 2007
The photo above is a friend of the family, Ariel Fenster, perusing Sex in a Tent at Barnes and Noble in New York City. It's great to find out where the book is sitting on shelves, so if you spot it in your corner of the world, let me know!
In other news, the interview I did with Steve Sergeant for The Wildebeat podcast is now available on their website. Here's the link. The edited interview runs about 10 minutes, and if you're a member there's an "adult" version available.
And a bit of surprise publicity - the American Hiking Society ran a story about my book on their blog a few days ago. Here's the link for that one.
I hope you've all got your last-minute gift shopping under control. Happy holidays, and I hope you get all of the new gear you've been hoping for - and a copy of Sex in a Tent of course!
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
But they shone the spotlight elsewhere today, featuring an interview with me about "Sex in a Tent". You can read it here.
In other news Down Under, the book is now available for several online booksellers in both Australia and New Zealand. Check the websites for Dymocks (in Australia only), Angus & Roberston, Collins, and in NZ, Whitcoulls.
Now folks in the Southern Hemisphere can buy the book for those Christmas stockings too!
Friday, November 23, 2007
My cousin's husband (does that make him my cousin-in-law?) is CEO of a Canadian company called ZENN (Zero Emissions, No Noise) which makes - brace yourselves - electric cars! It seems reports of the death of the electric car were greatly exaggerated.
Zenn was recently featured on The Mercer Report, a Canadian satirical newscast along the same lines as The Daily Show (except that it's not daily.) Here's the link to the clip.
It's worth watching just for Rick Mercer's wonderful Newfoundland accent.
Monday, November 19, 2007
- You will give each other more support and encouragement than friends or acquaintances, so there's a better chance of keeping a positive attitude.
- You are likely to know about each other's health problems, and also realize more quickly if your partner is not behaving "normally".
- You won't have any issues about sharing body heat, or helping each other physically. And if there is any blood involved, you're not going to be concerned about HIV infection (unless you have a positive partner.)
- You know your partners limitations in terms of fitness and skills, so you can make plans that are achievable.
- Partners are likely to over-sacrifice, so that one will give up too much of their dry and warm gear to the other, and end up hypothermic themselves.
- You are unlikely to be willing to leave a sick or injured partner by themselves, even if going for help alone is the most logical thing to do.
- Many survivors stay alive through their ordeal so that they can return to loved ones back home. If your loved one is there with you, do you lose that driving force to stay alive?
- Some couples will spend so much time arguing over whose fault it is that their lives are in danger, they'll forget to try to get rescued!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The blogosphere is a fascinating place. I love the way that things travel around from blog to blog and pop up in unexpected places. I've certainly learned not to put anything on my blog that I would want to maintain the copyright on!
Tomorrow I'm off to San Francisco, where I'll be chatting with Steve from Wildebeat. Then on Tuesday I'm hooking up with my friends at Wilderness Press in Berkeley. Ah, the jet-setting lifestyle of the first-time author...
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Campers around the world have surely tried their hand at this
extracurricular activity before. But even seasoned adventurers may learn
some new tips or techniques in this recent release from Wilderness Press
dedicated to the art of outdoor love. Sex in a Tent: A Wild Couple's
Guide to Getting Naughty in Nature is the first comprehensive guide to
getting it on outside, and a must have for couples looking to heat things up
during tent-toting travels.
Forget hotels and hostels for romantic getaways -- give Mother Nature a
spin! That's what writer and adventurer Michelle Waitzman set out to do with her
Monday, November 05, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
So instead we went on two day hikes. Saturday, the foreboding forecast was pretty accurate. The weather was windy and cold, and for the last hour of our hike the rain slowly got heavier. We did a loop track in Kaitoke Regional Park, which gave our lazy, winter legs a good workout for almost six hours. Here are a few pics. The dead trees in the first one are probably due to possum damage.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 6
6pm - 8pm
C'est What (67 Front Street East at Church Street)
I'll be there with copies of the book for sale, and happy to chat with everyone about camping, sex, visiting Toronto and all kinds of other stuff. And I'll sign your copy of the book if you're into that sort of thing!
I hope to see lots of you there!
And for everyone else, my apologies if the posts slow down a bit for the next few weeks while I'm on the road.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The most famous track in the country, without a doubt, is the Milford Track. It's known around the world, and as you can see from the picture, the superlatives are right up there. I know it will mean going on an expensive and crowded "Great Walk", but I just have to see "the finest walk in the world" for myself - just this once!
Since we finally decided on the dates for our trip, I went to book us onto the Milford Track straight away. After all, the finest walk in the world fills up fast during the all-too-short summer tramping season in Fiordland. But I figured four months ahead was pretty good planning on our part. Since you must do the track in one direction, and you must stay in the huts (no tent camping), they control the numbers of people allowed on the track at any one time. Basically, 40 independent walkers can start on any given day, because that's the capacity of the huts.
But when I looked at the booking page on our choice of dates, it was already fully booked out! In fact, the first three weeks of February were completely full. I'm sure that December and January are long gone too. In the end, I booked us in for about a week later than we were planning.
To add insult to injury, the huts (mandatory, remember!) on the track are obscenely expensive. It costs $40 per person per night, for a total of $120 to walk the track. But that's not all... You also have to take a boat to the trail head at $59 per person, and a boat from the end of the hike to Milford Sound for another $29 per person. In all, for two of us to complete the Milford Track, we have to spend at least $416.
All I can say is, this had better be the finest damn walk in the world!
We are only doing one other "Great Walk" during our trip - which will be the Routeburn Track. Thankfully there are no boats required to access that one, and only two nights on the track. Also, if you don't mind carrying your tent, you can choose to camp for $10 per person instead of paying $40 for the huts.
For anyone now second-guessing their plans to come to New Zealand - let me just stress that these expensive huts are only on the "Great Walks", and in fact these ones in Fiordland are more expensive than the rest. For a standard hut, you can buy a $5 hut ticket, and for a fancier hut it's $10. Only the "Great Walks" require bookings, and only during peak season.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
However, I'm pleased to say that the book will still be avaible at REI stores across the country, so drop in on your local shop, pick up the book and tell them what a shame it is that I'm not there to sign it for you!
Hopefully, there will be another event organised for my visit to San Francisco next month. If you've got any suggestions, do let me know!
The book launches on Monday, October 15 - so the long wait is just about over! If there's no REI near you, you can always get it from Amazon. (For anyone who has tried the Amazon.UK site and seen their notice that the book is unavailable, I'm hoping that's a temporary glitch and it will be up again soon. There's no reason for it to be unavailable.)
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Thanks for a great interview Bob! Here's a shout out to you UK campers. I wish you many rain-free days.
And if anyone else with a blog or website wants to post the interview, you can do it for free. Go to the above link for The Outdoors Station and follow the instructions from the "Copy MP3 Player" link beside the player.
In A Tent
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Sunday, October 07, 2007
Two other members of my group of four, heading down into The Wave.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
To help launch Sex in a Tent, I'll be visiting San Francisco in November and appearing at two local REI stores to sign my book and generally stir things up. So if you live in the area, write these dates on your calendar:
November 12 - Corte Madera REI
November 13 - Berkeley REI
Both appearances will be in the early evening. I hope I'll get to see you there (and sell you a book or two), and do let me know if you've been following my blog! It's lonely out here in cyberspace.
More details as the news unfolds...
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Other than assuming I'm married (don't worry Mom, I'd tell you first!) it's a pretty good article. Hopefully the publicity will keep on rolling in! The book will be available later this month, and with all of the REI stores across the US carrying it, I'm keen to get the word out.
Also - if you are registered on Digg, please go onto the site and Digg the story! It's free to register there.
Thanks Hitched, married people rock!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
The country's most popular one-day walk is getting a name change to betterThey go on to describe how serious the problem of unprepared and inexperienced walkers has become:
reflect the nature and terrain of the track. From October, the Tongariro
Crossing will be known as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
There have been 22 search and rescue events already this year. The track has a
high point of 1886m, but because people can drive to the start of the track
at 1200m, many people underestimate how tough it is and how quickly the
weather can turn.
In addition to the name change, they are adding signs at key points suggesting
that hikers turn back if their fitness is failing or the weather is getting bad.
They are also realigning a particularly tough climb called "The Devil's
Staircase" to make it less demanding.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
An acquaintance of mine just came back from an Alaskan cruise, which got me feelling nostalgic about the two weeks I spent there in 2003 on a camping tour. I suppose it's the closest I've come to "glamping", since it was a guided trip and not much hard work. We stayed at campgrounds and travelled from place to place in a van. But that was the only way to see a wide range of Alaskan scenery in a limited amount of time, so I have no regrets about not doing it "hard core."
Jay with another of our group on the same hike.
Jay preparing some fresh, Alaskan salmon
Exploring an old gold mine.