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A cold day on the Norfork River in Arkansas.

A cold day on the Norfork River in Arkansas.

Nice haul for Christmas!

Nice haul for Christmas!

Hand-caught crawfish dinner

Hand-caught crawfish dinner

I feel like there’s someone looking over my shoulder…

I feel like there’s someone looking over my shoulder…

19” Rainbow from the Lower Illinois River in Oklahoma caught on a size 18 zebra midge

19” Rainbow from the Lower Illinois River in Oklahoma caught on a size 18 zebra midge

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Backpacking the Butterfield Loop near Devil’s Den State Park in Arkansas

A 15 mile trail that begins in the State Park, but spends most of its mileage in National Forest. With tons of springs, creeks, bluffs, and old homesteads, this is a fantastic way to get a feel for the Ozarks in a short two day trip.

Putting the finishing touches on the mead

Putting the finishing touches on the mead

Mountain goats in the Glacier backcountry

Mountain goats in the Glacier backcountry

Backpacking Food Notes

- Gatorade packets are vital…mostly for making purified water taste good
- a one gallon ziplock holds one day of food
- Try some different things each time as snacks - smoked salmon was a nice treat in Glacier
- I was jealous of the other guys’ hot morning meals vs my Cliff bars
- Cliff bars were ok, though. Light, compact, tasted decent
- Trout was a major bonus - better when seasoned and cooked in a pan vs. cooked in foil
- Do the research on foods that grow wild before going - Blake sure enjoyed all those huckleberries while the rest of us were nervous about eating them
- Backpacker’s Pantry Meals are worth their salt
   - Katmandu Curry - Sucked
   - Pad Thai - good
   - Wild West Chili and Beans - good
   - Shepherd’s Pie with Beef - delicious!
   - Chicken Cashew Curry - Really good
   - Pesto Salmon with Pasta - good - worth the extra $
   - Chicken Vindaloo - Good

Backpacking Food Notes

- Gatorade packets are vital…mostly for making purified water taste good
- a one gallon ziplock holds one day of food
- Try some different things each time as snacks - smoked salmon was a nice treat in Glacier
- I was jealous of the other guys’ hot morning meals vs my Cliff bars
- Cliff bars were ok, though. Light, compact, tasted decent
- Trout was a major bonus - better when seasoned and cooked in a pan vs. cooked in foil
- Do the research on foods that grow wild before going - Blake sure enjoyed all those huckleberries while the rest of us were nervous about eating them
- Backpacker’s Pantry Meals are worth their salt
- Katmandu Curry - Sucked
- Pad Thai - good
- Wild West Chili and Beans - good
- Shepherd’s Pie with Beef - delicious!
- Chicken Cashew Curry - Really good
- Pesto Salmon with Pasta - good - worth the extra $
- Chicken Vindaloo - Good

Air drying

Air drying

Supper

Supper

Cutthroat from a tributary to the Flathead in Montana

Cutthroat from a tributary to the Flathead in Montana

Glacier Backpacking Trip Notes
- Clean clothes feel amazing after hiking out…take plenty!- Take the time to waterproof everything before!  Cold + Wet = Miserable- One gallon ziplocks are perfect for a single day’s worth of food- Take an extra of every piece of clothing in case one gets wet- Even if it’s cold, get in every river, lake, or waterfall and wash off - it feels great- Smartwool sock-liners were life-savers.  No blisters.- A small, sharp knife did the job.  No more bowie knives needed.- Don’t take a pillow…an empty sack full of clothes works great- Higher $ gear makes a difference in most cases- Take a small hand-towel- A packet of apple cider or hot chocolate for each night is worth the weight- Gatorade is priceless- You can’t take too many pictures

Glacier Backpacking Trip Notes

- Clean clothes feel amazing after hiking out…take plenty!
- Take the time to waterproof everything before!  Cold + Wet = Miserable
- One gallon ziplocks are perfect for a single day’s worth of food
- Take an extra of every piece of clothing in case one gets wet
- Even if it’s cold, get in every river, lake, or waterfall and wash off - it feels great
- Smartwool sock-liners were life-savers.  No blisters.
- A small, sharp knife did the job.  No more bowie knives needed.
- Don’t take a pillow…an empty sack full of clothes works great
- Higher $ gear makes a difference in most cases
- Take a small hand-towel
- A packet of apple cider or hot chocolate for each night is worth the weight
- Gatorade is priceless
- You can’t take too many pictures

Elk Lake in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Elk Lake in the Bob Marshall Wilderness