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Mountain UltraLight: Make Your Own Backpacking Meals!

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.

Simple Hydration Packs | JetFlow There is absolutely nothing complicated about Jetflow hydration packs. They are easy to use, with clear instructions and a very short operating process. They are also exceedingly easy to keep clean because each component of the hydration pack can be taken apart and placed in the dishwasher, where it will be fully cleaned and sanitized. Simple to Use The Jetflow hydration system replaces a soft-sided bladder with a water bottle. Simple to Clean Unlike other hydration systems, Jetflow is quick and easy to clean. Simply Better Tasting For years we put up with terrible-tasting water from polyurethane bladders. How Do They Work? Most people on the go will use water bladders because they are easy to carry and store throughout the day once they are depleted. The first step is to insert the bottle into the Jetflow manifold. Note: Two hoses connect to the manifold. Adapter #1: A single-thread adapter for use with 63mm mouth co-polyester bottles.

Tautline Hitch - How to tie a Tautline Hitch © Copyright 2014 John E Sherry. All rights reserved Disclaimer: Any activity involving rope can be dangerous and may even be life threatening! Knot illustrations contained in this web site are not intended for rock climbing instruction. Many knots are not suitable for the risks involved in climbing. Seek professional instruction. Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes “Scalloped” is an attractive word, isn’t it? When I hear it I think of several things: first, there’s scallops, as in the seafood—totally delicious. Then there’s the scalloped shape that can live on the edge of a pair of shorts or on the collar of a woman’s blouse—always pretty and dainty. The first players up are: a few Russet potatoes (I’m sure other varieties will work equally as well), Parmigiano-Reggiano and butter. Start by scrubbing your potatoes good and clean. Then, using a sharp knife, make slices across the potato, being sure to stop before you reach its bottom. Cut up your butter. Then do the same with the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Next, open the potatoes’ crevices and shove the parmesan and butter, alternating between the two. After they’re stuffed with butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano, you want to bake them at 400ºF for about 45 minutes to an hour. When they’re done baking, you’re still a few minutes away from cheesy gloriousness! They’ll come out looking all cheesy and inviting.

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

How to choose a travel backpack | Travel Backpacks Choosing the right backpack for your trip is probably the single most important travel purchase that you will make before leaving home. Your backpack will be your companion, your house, and the most important piece of gear accompanying you around the world. There are many brands and styles out there, so apart from a few important considerations, the rest is up to your style of travel and preference. Style First, you will most definitely want an internal frame travel backpack. Next, you will have to decide on the size. To get an idea of what you may be carrying, take a look at my backpacking packing list! Size 3,000-5,000 cubic inches (50-80 liters) – is the most popular size for extended budget travel trips such as gap years, but if you can get away with a smaller backpack – do it! Durability The two critical features on any backpack that are most prone to tear up are the straps and zippers. Fit Here’s how to fit a backpack properly: Side or top loading Where to buy a travel backpack?

Top 10 hiking destinations NEW YORK - All tourism involves at least a bit of walking, even if it's just off the plane to a waiting limousine. But for those who want to put walking or hiking at the heart of their holiday fun, online travel adviser Cheapflights offers its top 10 hiking destinations. Reuters has not endorsed this list: 1. The granddaddy of mammoth hikes, the Appalachian Trail is more than 2,150 miles long and passes through 14 states. 2. More often than not, hiking entails high trees, rocks, poisonous plants, tents and the daunting task of cooking over a fire. 3. Along the limestone cliffs, weaving in and out of sandy beaches, lily ponds and fishing villages, is the 186-mile-long Pembrokeshire Coast Path. 4. At 19,336 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa, and has become an increasingly popular hiking destination for travelers. 5. 6. New Zealand continuously tops adventure travel lists thanks to its collection of breathtaking terrain. 7. 8. 9. 10. (Edited by Paul Casciato)

A Washing Machine That Fits in Your Pocket Designed for travelers—whether they're backpacking in Yosemite or on a business trip—the Scrubba is a tiny bag that washes clothes with no electricity and little water. The idea was born when an Australian adventurer, Ash Newland, was planning a trip to Africa with a friend. Because of all of the equipment they had to carry, from tents and sleeping bags to cold-weather gear, they could only take a couple of changes of clothes along. They realized if they carried a plastic bag, they could soak the clothing overnight, and Newland suggested they could take it a step further, and build a flexible washboard into the bag itself. Yes, this is a tiny version of the washboard your great-grandmother might have used if she lived in the United States in the 1800s (similar tools are still in use in many parts of the world). The designers created a very thin, very flexible washboard, and fused it into the bag, which weighs just 5 ounces.

Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Chicken Adobo | And the winner is… The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Volume II!! I kind of had a feeling this book would win out over the other! I’m really excited to dive right into this book and see if I can come out with some great slow cooker recipes! I’m going to keep this short today because I took the day off of work so that I could clean my house (I know, I’m kind of a dork) and I want to spend as much time as I can doing that. For the first recipe from this book, I chose the Chicken Adobo. A whole chicken, cut up, is cooked all day in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and a few other ingredients. The final verdict? Chicken Adodbo adapted from The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Volume II Place the chicken pieces in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours (or until chicken is cooked through). Take the remaining liquid and put it in a saucepan over medium heat.

Camp With Less Gear From Wired How-To Wiki Being a hardcore backcountry trekker requires a tolerance for discomfort. We don't have that. This article is a wiki. Stroud's advice is particularly nice for survivors, but if you're just looking for a lighter backpack, we have a few tips. Don't forget your essential camping gear: a map, a compass, and a pocket knife in addition to the items mentioned above. This article is a wiki. Go during summer. Thoughts from the mountains. I will never, ever, ever, nnnnnevvvverrrrrr go into the wild without toilet paper, a candle, a lighter, a knife, a compass, and water. As a long-time Outward Bound instructor, I have burned through a lot of gear in the quest to find lightweight, durable, high quality equipment that won't fail me on a long expedition. Montrail Helium GTX Boots: Choice of boots can make or break a backpacking experience. Mystery Ranch G7000: Other than boots, the backpack is probably the most crucial choice. Snowpeak Titanium Spork:Wired: It's a spork.

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