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Trails, Campgrounds, Parks and Topo Maps

Trails, Campgrounds, Parks and Topo Maps

Mountain UltraLight: Make Your Own Backpacking Meals! My 14 day John Muir Trail thru-hike with my son is just a few weeks away, so I've been busy preparing 28 days worth of backpacking food for us. Making your own is not that difficult, less expensive, and much lighter than buying those individually packaged meals. Are you up for the task? A healthy hot breakfast is pretty easy. My favorite is couscous, dry milk, dried cranberries, chopped almonds and cashews. 15 1/2 ounces yields 2,240 calories, or seven 320 calorie breakfasts. Add some variety by replacing the couscous with rolled oats, which is a bit heavier but also very nutritious. Now for some dinners. I may have gone a little crazy with this stuff, but did I mention that I absolutely love it? ...4 huge cans of crushed tomatoes... ...8 white onions, finely chopped... ...all in two giant pots with lots of garlic, basil, black pepper, and whatever else you love! Then into the dehydrator on parchment paper. You want it to be dry so it will break apart, not like fruit leather.

Shenandoah National Park - Backcountry Camping - Beginner Trips New and Beginner Backpacking Trips Using Campgrounds Is this your first time backpacking? Perhaps you are trying out new equipment? Someone in your group is new to backpacking or nervous? Is this the first time out with your children? There are a number of situations where planning your backpacking trip around staying in a campground makes the most sense. Learning how to backpack and backcountry camp all at the same time can be overwhelming and often leads to unintentional resource damage. (For those of you wanting real luxury, backpacking to lodges or cabins in Shenandoah National Park is also an option, but isn't covered here.)

Hiking Lady's How To Videos | Hiking Lady I receive lots of questions about hiking gear usage, boot fitting and lacing, gear maintenance, and more! With all of that inspiration I regularly put together write-ups and how to videos. If there are certain things you want to see let me know and I will write about the most popular topics you ask about! Happy trails! How to Lace Hiking Boots to Prevent Heel Blisters How to Lace Hiking Boots to Prevent Heel Blisters How to Lace Trail Shoes/Low Top Hiking Shoes to Prevent Heel Blisters One of the most asked questions from Hiking Lady readers! How to Lace Trail Shoes/Low Top Hiking Shoes to Prevent Heel Blisters Prepping Your Feet to Prevent Blisters Prepping Your Feet to Prevent Blisters How to Waterproof Your Hiking Boots How to Waterproof Your Hiking Boots How to Use a SteriPEN to Treat Water How to Use a SteriPEN to Treat Water How to Use a SteriPEN Pre-Filter How to Use a SteriPEN Pre-Filter How to Use a JetBoil Personal Cooking System How to Use a JetBoil Personal Cooking System!

Zen Backpacking - Ultralightweight Backpacking Packing List Contact: Ultralightweight Backpacking Packing List For backpacking, less is more. Traveling ultralight means that you carry just enough to stay alive and have move easily since you only carry a feather weight pack. The amount of gear needed for 1 weeks is the same for 3 months. Please feel free to link to this site so that others can find it. Zen Backpacking <a href=" Backpacking</a> Best Backpacking Menu Avoid the Junk food rut with a two person, seven day Backpacking Menu! Backpacking! Chicken Curry over Brown Rice, First Day Backpacking Menu Dinner Chicken Curry Over Brown Rice Ingredients: one cup tropical fruit trail mix, 1/4 package Golden Curry Sauce, 1/2 tablespoon clarified butter or margarine or 2 tablespoons olive oil, one cup instant brown rice, crushed 1/2 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger, one cube chicken boullion, 1/4 cup freeze dried peas, one tablespoon onion flakes, 1/3 cup sliced dried mushrooms, and one seven ounce foil pouch of chicken in water. Tropical Fruit Trail Mix Prep: Put peas, onion flakes, and mushrooms together. Cook: To rehydrate for 10 minutes, place mushroom mix with hot water in a bowl and cover. Every Other Day for Three Days, Breakfast Breakfast Two cups of hot cocoa or coffee; two cups dried pears, apples, and apricots; Two cups oatmeal; one tablespoon brown sugar. Hot Cocoa Every Other Day for Three Days, Breakfast Again Bagels Lunch, Last Two Days Chili

Mangan's 10 Essentials for Happy Hiking Most of these aren’t essential for survival; they’re essential to me for having a good time on on a hike. (The official survival essentials are listed at the end) 1. A water supply It’s not just a matter of carrying enough water — you need access to more if you run out. That means two things: a) letting your water supply determine your hike length (turning back when it’s half-gone, for example); and b) having a plan for running dry. There’s a whole industry built around keeping you hydrated. Availability of water is as integral to a hike plan as distance, elevation gain and altitude. Water should never be far from your mind … but you don’t want to be in a situation where it’s all you think about, though, because that usually means you’re all out. 2. The most basic risk of hiking is getting lost. It doesn’t really matter what kind of map you have, so long as it tells you where to turn to get back where you came from. 3. The fabric closest to your feet has the most impact on them. 4. 5. 6. 7.

25 Habits of Highly Effective Hikers Backpacker Magazine – August 2008 by: Michael Lanza, Illustrations by Colin Hayes Some people just have more fun. 1. >> The best adventures rarely happen spontaneously–you make them happen. >> Plan the details months in advance. 2. >> Plan well in advance so you have time to find the best companions. >> Communicate the details and difficulties of your proposed trip to prospective partners. >> Agree on training goals for demanding hikes. >> Ask potential companions about prior trips. >> New partner? 4. >> Identify five destinations within an hour of home for dayhikes and overnights. >> Make sure your gear is organized in one place (a big plastic bin in the garage, say). >> Keep camp foods–dry goods like pasta and rice, fixings for a simple dinner and breakfast, and perishables like cheese–on hand so you can take off on short notice. >> Set hiking dates with friends or family so you hold each other to it. >> Make sure you wear boots that are appropriate for the terrain and load.

Camping Checklist – Camping List Preparation is essential for any outdoor adventure. Having the necessary supplies and equipment can make a difference in your overall enjoyment and experience. Checklists are a great tool to help with your organization. Your camping list will vary according to the type of camping and activities you have planned, the places you are going, the time of year and the length of your trip. By popular request, we’re now offering a printer friendly camping checklist! Shelter __Tent __Ground cloth/tarp __Extra stakes __Shade tarp/poles/rope/stakes __Axe or hammer __Mat for tent entrance __Dust pan/brush Bedding __Sleeping bag __Sheets/blankets __Pillow __Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot/tarp __Air pump __Repair kit for air mattress __Utility bags for storage Cooking Clothes __Shoes/boots __Jeans/pant/belt __Shorts __T-shirts __Socks/extra socks __Hat __Bandana __Sweatshirt/jacket __Underwear __Sleep clothes __Rain gear __Swim suit/towel __Laundry bag Personal Miscellaneous Basic First Aid Kit

Backpacking Light 101 A Lightweight Primer to Backcountry Travel for the Uninitiated By Ryan Jordan Ryan Jordan is the co-founder and Publisher of Backpacking Light. He original wrote this article as a celebration of the evolution of lightweight backpacking as part of GoLite's 5th Anniversary catalog. Ultralight backpacking, contrary to proclamations by Those That Carry Heavy Packs, is not practiced by that crazy fringe segment of wilderness society that derives their calories from obscure edible roots and their shelter from two twigs and a waterproof handkerchief. Well, at least, it’s not practiced only by that crazy fringe. Ultralight backpacking is not hard, nor does it discriminate against those with physical challenges. How-To: Seven Steps to Enlightenment 1. Don’t have a digital scale yet? 2. Camp chairs, GPS units, espresso makers, the latest Clancy novel, cellular phones – do you really need all this stuff? 3. 4. Ultralight backpacking requires that you rethink your equipment list. 5. 6. 7. Go Far

A Bushcraft Camping Outfit - Equipment for Living in the Woods | Paul Kirtley's Blog The author's bushcraft camping outfit. See below for numbered version and listing. Photo: Paul Kirtley. Whether you are camping in the woods for a weekend or staying out for weeks, this bushcraft camping outfit is a good base model. It forms my standard bushcraft camping kit-list. One of the considerations for my kit is that it has to provide good durability for the cost. A Modular Approach As I’ve mentioned in other articles, I take a modular approach to my wilderness bushcraft equipment. Reduction One thing I’ve learnt over the years is that less is often more. Bushcraft Camping Equipment The author's bushcraft camping outfit. Shelter and Sleeping Kit 1. 2. 3. 4. Tarp set up for camping. Carrying Kit 5. 6. as my rucksack liner. Cooking and Water 7. Billy can kit - stuff sack, billy can, billy can insert, collapsible water bag (MSR Dromedary), and collapsible bowl (Sea to Summit Kitchen Sink). 8. 9. 10. 11. Personal Hygiene 12. 13. Clothing 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Equipment 21. 22. 23. 24.