Backcountry Bartender: Searching for the Best Ways to Booze on the Trail

Backcountry Bartender: Searching for the Best Ways to Booze on the Trail

If you wake up early enough in any national park, you can bear witness to a unique ritual: Employees meeting before sunrise in the staff cafeteria, drinking coffee and making last minute changes to the contents of their backpacks. During my first season working in Glacier National Park, I would come to witness this and participate in it many times, eventually learning which items were essential (the headlamp, the extra socks) and which ones weren’t (the second jacket in July, the bulky guidebook). One item which always made the essential list? Alcohol. By the end of that summer, I’d garnered a small amount of very specific wisdom. I’d learned to always bring your backpack’s rain cover even if there’s no chance of rain. I’d learned

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Campfire Cooking in Kentucky: 5 Iconic Dishes – nCamp Style

Campfire Cooking in Kentucky: 5 Iconic Dishes - nCamp Style

From The Hot Brown to Burgoo, Kentucky is known for many mouth-watering dishes. While the state’s culinary delights are typically served at home or in restaurants, they’re also great choices for campsite cooking. After a long day exploring the outdoors and burning calories, people crave these types of meals that stick to your ribs. The next time you go camping, forego the hotdogs and other typical fare and whip up one of Kentucky’s iconic creations. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites, which you can cook using a campfire or camping stove. Keep in mind that most of these recipes include perishable items, so they’re primarily for car camping, where you have access to a cooler, rather than backpacking. 1. The Hot Brown Nothing says

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Three Things You Need to Make the Perfect Camp Breakfast

Three Things You Need to Make the Perfect Camp Breakfast

Camp Breakfast Camp cooking is somewhat of an art. When the right person in camp does the cooking, the meal can seem like one of the best you have ever tasted. Breakfast is no exception, as a great camp breakfast will rank right up there with your favorite breakfast restaurant or omelet bar. If you want to cook the perfect camp meal to start the day, here are three things you’ll need to make it happen. Camp Stove Nothing is quite as important to a great camp breakfast than just the right camp stove. If you’re happy with instant breakfast that can be made by adding some freeze-dried ingredients to a pan of boiling water, a tiny, backpacking-type stove will be fine for your purposes.

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4 Rookie Mistakes Made by First-Time Backpackers

4 Rookie Mistakes Made by First-Time Backpackers

Rookie Mistakes Rookie Mistakes – “Where is it? It has to be here somewhere.” I was standing in a parking lot in Yellowstone National Park staring at a mess of gear strewn across the pavement. “Where’s the rainfly for the tent?” One thousand miles away in my apartment in Dana Point, Calif., that’s where it was. Because I didn’t double-check all of my gear before I departed, I didn’t realize the rainfly was in a stuff sack in my closet. So, during a 70-mile journey through the soaking Yellowstone backcountry, I struggled. Each evening I had to fold and shape a rectangular blue tarp into a dome-shaped fly. The word “origami” comes to mind. Although this wasn’t my first backpacking trip, my failure to thoroughly

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