Believe it or not, the outdoor adventure industry isn’t quite as profitable as Bear Grylls makes it look. That’s fine; we can’t all get rich drinking our own urine—although that is the dream. The rest of us accept the poor financial remuneration in exchange for being able to live a life in the outdoors; free from the confines of a desk and a boss who makes us sympathise with the perpetrators of mass shootings.
I started Action Adventures because I’m a 28-year-old kid. I wanted to spend my life climbing things and setting fires. The fact that I’ll probably wind up as an 80-year-old kid with no pension wasn’t a consideration. And, provided I continue refusing to think about it, it never will be.
It does mean I have to be careful about spending what little funds I have. Which is why I’m suffering from buyer’s remorse after purchasing a titanium camping mug.
I wasn’t looking for a mug. I was looking for a charging dock for an Xbox controller (Those things chew through batteries like you wouldn’t believe). But unfortunately, the people at amazon.com are much, much smarter than me. The second I made my purchase, those sneaky Amazon bastards started bombarding me with adverts for shiny, useless things.
The first was an attachment for a Jetboil camping stove that turns it into a French press. Anyone who’s spent time with me knows that coffee is a big part of my life. Amazon clearly did. I really didn’t have a choice in the matter—I bought it immediately. Call me an idiot, but there are several groups coming wild-camping with me this year who’ll get to enjoy fresh coffee in the morning. So you’re welcome!
The robots at Amazon now understood that I had more money than sense (which is really saying something) so began trying their luck off-loading some rubbish.
300ml TITANIUM camping mug!!!!
I guess they knew by this point that I have the brain of a small child. So they knew that the second I saw the word “Titanium”, I’d think, “Ooo! Titanium! That’s like the real-world version of Adamantium! And that’s the stuff Wolverine has on his claws!”
Who the Hell needs a camping mug made from titanium? Me, apparently. And in case you think I can’t possibly be that stupid and must be making this up, Here’s a snap shot of my orders:
Anyway, it would be comforting to think that I’m not the only person who could fall for this. So for those of you considering the purchase of a titanium camping mug, here are some pros and cons.
Pros and Cons of the Titanium Mug
- Titanium is strong. So you’d hope that it would take some effort to break it.
- Titanium is cooooooool!
- I’ve had it filled with hot water the entire time I’ve been writing (about 45 minutes now), and the water is still hot.
- This 300ml mug cost me £37.44!! That is so insane it makes me want to cry!
- It comes with a lid that doesn’t screw on or attach in any way. Therefore, I have no idea what the Hell the lid is for.
- You can buy a non-titanium camping mug from Tesco’s for around £5.00
- This thing cost £37.44!!
Everyone should buy this mug. It would be a huge favour to me because I’d feel like far less of an idiot. And, if you enjoyed reading this, it would be great if you could leave a like and share it with your friends.
Also, we occasionally run adventure activities, retreats, survival training and team-building. If you or anyone you know is interested in any of those things, contact me so we can organise something and I can continue to make ridiculous purchases, consequence free!