Hand-caught crawfish dinner
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.
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
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