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This Saturday, November 19, at 11:45am I"ll be presenting about our West Coast Trail hike at the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Expo in Minneapolis.
It"s just an hour and my wife will be there to fill in the important bits that I forget to mention.
There are many other interesting hour-long presentations throughout the weekend, so check "em out!
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How well do you eat on the trail?
Are you a Grazer, nibbling on bits of snacks from a bag as you hike along all day? Or, a Three Square Meals kind of guy, taking the time to prepare a real breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day? Most likely, you're somewhere in between with a quick, hot breakfast, simple lunch, snacks through the day, and finishing with a cooked meal at camp.
For the past ten years, I've mostly been a Grazer, not wanting to sacrifice miles to stop and make meals. I tend to keep moving as long as the sun is up. Now that my wife has joined me, we've decided to take the time to heat water for coffee or cocoa in the morning and make hot meals for dinner. I must admit that taking the extra time is definitely worth the couple miles of trail missed.
Resigned to the extra ef
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With my new multi-day hiking partner (my wife) preferring hot dinner meals and insisting on hot coffee in the morning, I'm resigned to carrying a stove again. That means a pot, windscreen, and fuel, too. The fuel is heavy so I want to be as efficient with it as I can.
We're just boiling water and adding it to dehydrated food, so the two points of efficiency are preventing the flame heat from escaping and then preventing the heat in the water from escaping.
A super light aluminum foil windscreen helps with the first. It prevents wind from blowing the heat away and lets it reach the water better.
To prevent lose of heat from the water, we're using new cozies. Rather than pouring the dried food into the water in the pot and letting it rehydrate while simmering for 15 minutes, a food cozy rehydrates the food and keeps it hot without using extra fuel. Plus, it means no cle
See this Reusable Handwarmers video - very cool (warm).
The essence of hiking is to leave life behind, if only for a few hours, and explore the world around you using only the power of your body.
It is feeling your lungs labor, your muscles tighten and relax, and all your senses bringing new information into your brain.
Being a Hiking Dude is being on the move, covering ground, challenging your body, and renewing your soul.
The number one problem in America is the drop in miles walked per day. The sedentary lifestyle that so many of us now lead (especially people spending too much time making web sites!) is causing us to keel over right and left. Just going for a walk (let's call that a hike) for 30 minutes every day is about the best thing you can do for yourself, and for your family!
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Mar 25, 2017 - Jiahao (Leo) Li
I just want to say thank you.
I was reading your blog before for preparing my first hike in NZ at end of this year's January.
My girlfriend and I went to the Blue Lake and it was amazing. We also got back alive.
Thanks for your sharing!
Apr 18, 2017 - Karli
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Apr 23, 2017 - Corina
Down on the bottom?
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Jun 19, 2017 - Corina
My questions is?
Is it a good idea to reuse cooking package?
For his daily cooking?
Im thinking about bacteria.
Is it a good or bad idea?
Jun 20, 2017 - Hiking Dude
Jun 20, 2017 - Corina
5 day hiking using one packet over and over to cook
All his meals? I just dont want my boyfriend get stomach issues.
Jun 21, 2017 - Hiking Dude
Doesn't sound like a good idea to me.
Jun 21, 2017 - Corina
Thats what i have been telling him.
Jun 23, 2017 - Corina
One week ago on a strenuous hike with my boyfriend half ways down my hiking pole got stuck in a hole and there I fell and twisted my ankle Dr said no hiking off my feet 4weeks.
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Thanks in advance.
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Feb 07, 2018 - Gina Wildermuth
a high elevation hike...fourteener.
My physical training/condtioning will be good (live
at sea level), but worried about lack of O2.
Can you recommend a supplemental oxygen company or ???
Jun 19, 2018 - JuanBarreda
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