Backpacking Stove

The MSR stove is the best on the market because it is small and lightweight, heats quickly, and can take multiple types of fuel

I’m all about roughing it, but I will not sacrifice hot meals for nature.  The MSR backpacking stove was made for people like me. Most backcountry camping areas don’t allow campfires so if you don’t have a stove, you will end up eating a lot of granola bars and dried fruit and beef jerky. That might not sound so terrible now, but after a few activity-packed days outdoors, you will be willing to sacrifice your right arm for a hot meal. So stay symmetrical and buy a backpacking stove! Continue reading

Going Dutch

Dutch Oven

Photo from Campfire Cooking

This is the secret to eating well in the woods.  Go ahead and buy one, you’ll thank me later. A couple of meals out of this sucker and you will begin to scorn indoor kitchens.  The Dutch oven is a humble apparatus; just a simple cast iron kettle with 3 little legs, a lid and a handle that is basically the outdoor counterpart (and superior) to a crock-pot.  The oven cooks things any way you can imagine (steamed, fried, simmered, roasted, baked…) with heat from gray coals. Continue reading