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Cooking in the Great Outdoors

Camp stove?  I carry a Snowpeak giga for backpacking and have chosen the Texsport high output dual burner stove for base camp, it got great ratings all over the board and importantly has a flexible hose to connect the propane – that seemed to be a weak point on other stoves I checked out.

Backpacking cook wear? I have the titanium tiWare  from REI and find it heats evenly and quickly and cleans easily.  Base camp, went with the all too heavy cast iron from Lodge, one of the advantages is a no soap clean-up.

Cooler – Yeti.  I chose the 35qt because of size limitations in the trunk.  This cooler can handle dry ice and grizzlies.  The Yeti can keep ice for 7 days in heat, is practically indestructible and grizzly country approved.  It also makes a great desk, step stool and seat.

The indispensable items are aluminum foil, zip bags, garbage bags, spice, beans, dry pasta, bullion – both chicken and vegetable, brown rice, tea, instant coffee, pancake mix and syrup, honey and oatmeal, GORP – good old raisins and peanuts, to which I add some good old m&m’s.

I love Lara Bars – look at the ingredient labels and compare to other food bars, can’t beat a label with only 4 ingredients and I can pronounce them all!  I also have some Clif Bars for long hikes.

I sure would appreciate your input on some great camp recipes – s’more’s I got.

Cathy

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Getting ready to hit the road

I set-up the tent to let Edgar get used to his new bedroom.  He jumped right in.

We just got back from Lake Grove Vet and Dr. Wiekum gave Edgar extra meds and an ok to travel.  Edgar knows something is going on and is sticking to me like glue.

Living out of the car trunk for a year has forced me to really decide what is important.

Sleeping comfort came first, the bigger air mattress is going to be worth the extra space.

Cooking and food storage are second.  It is my intention to prepare  most meals.  I am hoping that a woman camping alone will get invited to dine with her fellow campers.  Water storage and purification take some space and is necessary – lots of remote campgrounds do not have potable water.

Hygiene rounds out the top three – no explanation necessary.

I am packing for 3 seasons since I intend to avoid winter weather at all costs.  Camping in the USA makes it easy to find laundromats and grocery stores – really, how far can you be from a store in America?

Cathy