I love the outdoors. Camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, canoe tripping. I do all of those to greater or lesser degrees. Most of the time I can’t be outside doing those things I enjoy. You see, I have to work and make money that I get to then squander on things like bills; mortgage, food, heat…etc… So I don’t get out as much as I would like. But when I can’t get outside I turn to YouTube to get myself a partial outdoor fix.
In fact because I watch so much YouTube these days I joined Premium and no longer have to watch ads.
When I watch outdoor themed YouTubers I relax. It settles my restless soul. Sure, it’s not nearly as good as getting out there in the forest or on a lake for myself. But hey, it’s better than nothing. In fact it’s way better than nothing. I find myself immensely entertained by several YouTubers, and not only that, I also find a lot of inspiration from them.
Who Do I Watch The Most? Matthew Posa Adventures!
I got started a few years ago watching outdoor themed YouTube Channels. There are a lot of people out there putting out a great deal of content. Some YouTubers are pretty good, most however suck eggs. I strongly believe that those whom I find enjoyable to watch are people that don’t take themselves too seriously.
Matthew Posa seems to me to be such a person. He’s out there making great outdoor videos and having fun – it clearly comes across in every single one of his videos he posts on his channel. Nothing stops him: Rain or shine. Thick insects from hell. Foot wounds. Stifling Heat. Frigid cold… I’m telling you this guy gets out there and makes it work no matter what the conditions. It’s all for the love of the outdoors and adventure!
Check out his channel’s preview video below… it really sets the mood:
What Does Matthew Posa Do In His YouTube Videos?
First and foremost he has fun and he brings one or two of his dogs along with him most of the time. He camps, canoe trips, goes fishing, hiking, winter camping (winter camping in a snowstorm), snow shelter building, catches and cooks, hikes and cooks. He also does some bushcrafting, though he admits he is not a hardcore bushcrafter, but rather a funcrafter. He’s out there to have a good time, enjoy nature, do all of the things and more that I mentioned above, and bring us along for the ride.
One of the things I like about his videos is the effort he puts into them. As an example, he’ll set his camera up on shore just to capture an image of his paddling past and continue on far away down the lake he’s on. He then has to paddle back and get his camera – all that takes time and effort! He’ll do the same thing when trudging across an ice and snow covered lake wearing snowshoes and pulling a heavy sled full of gear. Matthew Posa works at it!
And then there are his dogs, Monty and Rueger. Wow, this guy loves his dogs and it’s admirable. You can see from his many videos they are truly members of his family. They have their own rain gear, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags. They eat just as good as he does, too.
Matthew Posa Makes Themed Videos
When a holiday comes about he’ll include the holiday theme in his videos. He has a Christmas winter camping video he made with Monty where he decorated a pine tree in the woods complete with a Christmas meal and … wait for it… SANTA leaves presents under the tree outside his shelter for him and Monty when they wake up in the morning. Check out that video here.
Other themed videos includes Easter, St Patrick’s Day, the 4th of July, and birthday parties for his dogs complete with party favors and special treats.
More About Why I Like Matthew Posa Adventures on YouTube
As mentioned above I find YouTubers that I enjoy watching to be those who don’t take themselves too seriously. It is pretty easy to edit out embarrassing moments and mishaps. Mr. Posa doesn’t do that from what I have seen.
He’s gone out to camp in the woods and create a shelter that was a failure (according to him) because he wasn’t prepared for the severity of the swarming bugs. He turned that video into a learning experience on being fluid with your plans and changed his outing midway through and just went fishing. It was refreshing to see honest video making.
I’ve seen him drop food from his mouth and look straight at the camera and say “my bad”. He’s dealt with dogs knocking over cameras, rolling around in mud puddles, and getting the runs. I’ve seen him gouge his Kevlar canoe and laugh it off with a ‘should have know it would happen’ attitude. Snags when fishing. Nasty foot punctures twice in the same hour. Late starts that made him have to canoe in the dark while it snows. Making fun of his own grammar mishaps. Dropping food in the dirt while cooking and happily devouring it anyway. He drops bacon far to often in one of his videos, which I think is a crime here in the upper Mid-West.
The dude is just having fun and going with the flow. I’m glad he takes his viewers along with him.
Go Check Out His YouTube Channel
There are other YouTubers I enjoy watching, but I have to admit that in particular I look forward for any new videos he posts. My wife also enjoys watching with me, and she’s not exactly into the outdoors that much at all. He’s pretty routine on posting every Sunday. Occasionally he throws in a short video on Wednesdays too.
Looking for a some outdoor inspiration. Maybe you just love dogs. Perhaps you are like me and like to watch people do hobbies that interest you when you can’t be out doing them for yourself.
Either way, go check out Matthew Posa Adventures on YouTube. You’ll likely be happy you did. And while you are there take a moment to hit that subscribe button and ‘like’ any video you enjoy. It takes little effort and helps encourage any YouTuber you watch to keep making free entertainment.
Little update since writing this post several months ago: Matthew Posa’s YouTube channel has really exploded. He’s been YouTubing steadily for a little over a year and half and has skyrocketed the past few months to over 125k subscribers. At this rate he will hit 200k+ by fall/winter 2019.