Re: Menu Planning for High Adventure
John Waidner (jtwaidner@IQUEST.NET)
Mon, 8 May 1995 21:50:00 EST
I can second Bruce Haugen's advice about where to shop for the trail. Years
ago when I took my bride of one year backpacking in Yosemite I bought the
usual freeze dried trail food I had always eaten from my earliest trip with
the Boy Scouts. She practically starved to death, not being able to bring
herself to eat the greenish eggs, beef strogonoff, and such. She wasn't
much heartened by my descriptions of how bad those items USED to be.
Fortunantly the fish were biting and she survived on fresh rainbow trout.
The next year she insisted on doing the shopping and did much what Bruce's
ASM did: found a variety of just-add-water foods, packaged in paper
(burnable!) and at a substantially reduced cost compared to the previous
year. We have been doing that trick for each of the 21 years since then.
Indeed look in the supermarket for trail food. Look also at buying in bulk
and repackaging in doubled (one back inside the other) zip lock bags. Try
some of the more questionable items if you've any doubts. The food budget
will thank you for it.
CC, Pack 132
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City