About Me

Hi! This is me!

Hi everyone, my website name is Max, short for Maxine. My real name is Rowena, but people find Maxine easier to remember and pronounce. I am the owner of Camping and Hiking Ideas. For more than 35 years now, I have been camping and hiking all over British Columbia, Canada.

I started camping late in life, at the age of 30. From my first, bright orange one-man pup-tent (bought at a second-hand store for about five bucks), I was hooked. I’ve been camping ever since.

Why I Created This Site.

Not everyone has access to experienced camping and hiking advice. If I hadn’t had my brothers to help me I might have not enjoyed the process of learning to camp and hike quite so much. Along the way I also learned that knowing more is always, always better. Survival techniques are a must. And no matter how much you learn, there is always something new out there that makes your camping/hiking life easier, safer and more enjoyable.

A Little Background Info.

I am currently 60 years old. I have a large family, and we range in age from four years of age to my sister-in-law’s grandmother, who is eighty-something and yes, she loves to go camping with us too.

In the years we have been camping together we have made every mistake and experienced just about every type of weather known to man. Even a hurricane, once. We have learned to include everyone, every age, every level of camping ability (or lack thereof) in such a way that the camping and hiking experience not only teaches them to become better campers, but also shows them you can really enjoy yourself and be comfortable when you camp.

I also needed a place to store all my camping recipes. What better way than to log them into my blog? You will find TONS of recipes here, and many will be found nowhere else online. (Unless they have been stolen. There is that.) Just go to the recipes index and browse to your heart’s content. Want menus? We have that too. Many of them can be found in the recipes index.

Why You Need to Know This Stuff.

If you know what to do when a problem crops up, what gear to take with you and how to organize your trips, you get an outdoor experience that builds on your quality of life. Let’s face it–when you invest your time and money into a diversion for you and others, you want to be able to look at it as money and time well spent.

So anyway, that’s about it. If you need any questions answered or help, or just want to tell me about your own camping or hiking experiences, let me know. And visit my site regularly–I’m always coming across new ideas, unusual tips and great gear you’ll want to know about. Leave your comments below, even if you just want to say hi. And thanks for dropping by!

Happy outdoor living,


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email: campingandhikingideas@yahoo.ca

7 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hi Max. What a great idea for a website. I used to be an avid camper in my late teens and early twenties. I don’t get to do it so much anymore, but it will always hold a special place in my heart. Great site, keep up the good work! 🙂

  2. Max – what a great site. I grew up camping as a child and loved it. I have fond memories of those times. Now that I am a mother with children of my own I would love to go camping but there is one HUGE thing that stops me…SLEEP. I’ve found that if I don’t sleep well I am a bear through the camping experience. I would love to hear any suggestions you may have on how to sleep more comfortably…. Maybe it’s not possible and I just need to accept that. Thanks in advance.

    1. Have I got suggestions for you! I’ll be adding an article about sleeping well when camping today–I’ll add the link here after I’ve published it. There’s tons of things you can do for a wonderful sleep and I know just about all of ’em. It’s all about being comfortable and getting a good night’s rest for me too. Thanks for the article idea!

  3. Hi Max,

    Great site! I also have a large family, as a matter of fact, several years ago… when the family got too big to have a Christmas get together in ones home, we decided to start an annual summer weekend camp-out for the entire family. That was 25 years ago, and it’s still going strong. I like your added effect of the softly falling snow. Very subtle and not distracting at all.

    Have a great 2014!!


    1. Thanks, Shar! An annual summer camp-out for the whole family is just an amazing idea! We have a similar one when we have our family reunions–we hold it in the summer and have it at a couple of family members places that share a lot of land, then everyone comes and pitches their tents. Just an awesome time. Thanks for sharing!

  4. hi max
    i like the background and the whole layout of the website. when the word camping caught my eyes, i thought that would involve fire etc, an element which is featuring in my website setting, though untold. living in the african villages is camping everyday. nice one

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