A participant in my upcoming Intro to Backpacking Workshop at Harriman State Park asks about backpacking stoves, “Do you have any suggestions for cooking stoves? I’e gone camping and backpacking a couple of times, but every time I’e taken the easiest non-perishable foods because I don’t know which stove to purchase. Are there some that can be used across most seasons? Which are the best models? Which are the most economical and light weight, yet durable?” Continue reading
Paleo Beef Jerky
One of my favorite snacks while backpacking is paleo beef jerky. It stays fresh for days without refrigeration, tastes great, and provides the protein you need to keep moving. Unfortunately, most store-bought jerky is loaded with corn, wheat, soy, sugar, and artificial preservatives. Follow this easy recipe for making your own delicious, healthy snack! Continue reading
Backpacking in the winter is a lot of fun, but presents a lot of challenges. Its cold. Trails are tough to follow. Fire wood is buried in snow. One of the things I actually find easier about backpacking in the winter is finding water. In the summer, I often have to walk some distance from camp to find water in a spring or stream. In the winter, however, there is water everywhere. This article is about how to melt snow for water, which is actually pretty easy.