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100+ Subscribers Celebration Giveaway

Camp Smarts now has over 100 YouTube Subscribers! This is a giveaway to celebrate that fact.

1st Prize: 1 Trangia Aluminum Mess Tin; 1 Tool Logic Signal Fire; 1 Altoids Smalls; 1 “Survival” Bandana; 1 AMK SOL Emergency Bivvy; 1 Paracord Bracelet; a $20 Gift Certificate
2nd Prize: $20 Gift Certificate

To gain entries to the giveaway:
YouTube – “Like” + “Favorite” + Comment (“100”) = 1 entry
Blog – “Follow” + “Like” post + Comment (“100”) = 1 entry
Facebook – “Like” + “Like” post + Comment (“100”) = 1 entry
Twitter – “Follow” + Retweet my giveaway tweet + tweet me (@CampSmarts) a comment (“100”) = 1 entry
YouTube Video Response = 5 entries
If you do all of the above, you can gain up to 9 entries to this giveaway!

Make sure I can verify on your feed that you “like” and “favorite” this video. I will reply to your comment and confirm your entry once I have verified that you have completed each step.

Video Responses can be about anything related to hiking, backpacking, portaging, survival, bushcraft, fishing… VR must include 3 shout-outs: 1 to Camp Smarts (me :-), 1 to a channel that has more subscribers than you and 1 that has fewer subscribers than you.

Contest closes May 11th, 2012 and the winner will be picked on May 12th. However, the announcement video might only be uploaded on the 13th or 14th (these videos sometimes take 8 hours to upload, if there are no errors 🙂

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Tool Logic “Signal Fire” Review

Canoe Lake Circuit – Part 3


Canoe Lake Circuit – Part 2



WEIGHT: 258g

–          Dehydrate carrots

–          Dehydrate peas

–          Dehydrate corn

–          Dehydrate ground beef

In freezer bag place:

–          1 tbsp of dried carrots

–          ¼ cup of dried peas

–          ¼ cup of dried corn

–          ½ pound equivalent package of ground beef

In a Ziploc bag place ½ package of Club House Shepherd’s Pie mix along with 1 ½ tbsp of crispy onion.

1 packet Club House brown gravy

In a Ziploc bag place 2 servings of mashed potatoes (2/3 package of Betty Crocker instant mashed potatoes (73g) + 1tbsp butter buds + 1 ½ tbsp Nido whole milk powder) to be rehydrated with 1 1/3 or 1 ½ cups of boiling water.


At camp:

1)      Boil water. Add water to gravel and veggies. Allow to rehydrate.

2)      Boil water. Add to mashed potatoes. Place in cozy.

3)      In a cup, mix seasoning with just over 1/3 cup of water from rehydrating the gravel/veggie mix.

4)      In pot, mix a little bit of olive oil with the gravel/veggie mix. Add seasoning mix and bring to a boil.

5)      In frying pan, mix gravy powder with 1 cup of water.

6)      Take pot off the heat as soon as the water has boiled off and place frying pan. Bring to a boil. Stir constantly until cooked.

7)      Take bag of mashed potatoes and cut corner of bag. Pipe the mashed potatoes over the meat and veggie mixture. Keep in cozy until ready to serve.  Serve with gravy on the side or over the pie.

Canoe Lake Circuit – Part 1