A quick Q+A with Mac
Any tips for people just getting into the outdoors?MH: Gear up! I love gear. The best part about camping is shopping for all the stuff you wish you had after a trip. Coffee is crucial, and so are warm socks.
What would we find in your bags when you’re upstate?MH: When we’re camping I try to keep it light and functional—there’s no point in bringing stuff you won’t use or wear. I’m also obsessed with fishing, so when we’re up at the house I usually keep the fishing gear packed up and ready to go.
You’re a coffee connoisseur—how do you make yours when you’re camping?MH: Fire coffee is easy! A good kettle or pot is crucial—something that can handle a flame. If you’re with a group, I’d recommend a french press. There are some sturdy ones made for camping that don’t use glass—definitely something to avoid in the outdoors. If you’re the only coffee drinker, then I’d go with a collapsible pour-over.
Whole beans or ground?MH: As I said, keep it light and functional, so make sure you bring ground coffee. Yes, grinding your coffee right before you brew it tastes better, but no one wants to sit outside and hand grind. Lastly, if your mug is metal and not double-wall construction, approach with caution. Burnt lips are not great
Last but not least...what are your kids into these days?MH: Louie is five and very into dinosaurs, skateboarding and riding his bike. He also loves monster trucks. Our 20-month-old, Kenji, likes drawing and cars...and basically everything that Louie likes.