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- Created on Monday, 03 January 2011 05:07
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Dressing properly for a day out hiking in the winter can make the event more enjoyable. The key is to dress in layers of wicking material, so your sweat is wicked away from your body, and doesn’t sit next to your skin for the day.
• You should have a minimum of three layers on: inner, middle and outer.
• Your inner layer should be a wicking thermal layer- think long johns. You should have an upper body and lower body set of underwear for this layer.
• The middle layer should be your thermal layer- think fleece, long sleeved pullover etc. This layer would be suffice if you are out on a warm winter day.
• Your outer layer should be a jacket that is water and wind resistant. You don’t want this layer to be too heavy, as it will cause you to be too hot once you get going.
• You should definitely invest in a pair of warm hiking boots. As an alternative to shelling out more money on a second pair of boots, find a combination of warm socks that will fit comfortably into your regular boots. This can be tricky, so make sure you try it out on a short practice hike before you go off on a long one. You want to wear one pair of wicking thin socks and a thicker pair to keep your toes warm and comfortable.
• You might like to wear a toque on your head- the knitted variety is fine. This will help keep the warmth in your body, and keep your ears warm!
• For your hands, choose a pair of gloves that are thin enough to allow you full control of your poles, but warm enough to keep your hands at a comfortable temperature. I find that if I am wearing mittens, my hands get too hot but if I am wearing gloves, they are too cool.
- Created on Saturday, 01 January 2011 23:22
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Campfire Desserts- Banana Boats
You will need:
- One firm banana per person
- Chocolate chips
- Mini marshmallows
- Peanut butter
- Any other small sized treats (mini M&M's etc)
- Heavy duty aluminum foil
- Created on Saturday, 01 January 2011 22:57
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This is an easy and clean up free meal that you and your family will enjoy putting together and roasting over the fire. If you use wooden skewers to cook and eat from, you can throw them into the fire and you won’t have to clean anything up after the meal!
You will need:
- Steak or chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch (4cm to 5cm) cubes
- Purple onions, quartered
- Bell peppers, cut into 2-inch (5cm) pieces
- Pineapple chunks
- Grape or cherry tomatoes
- Wooden skewers, or if you are living off the land, sticks that are fairly straight, peeled and sharpened at both ends
Before you start prepping the food, if you didn’t bring wooden skewers, you will need to head to the bush to find and prepare your cooking sticks. Look for dry (not green, as the taste could transfer to your food) sticks that are sturdy enough to hold the food you'll load onto them, but not so thick that they'll split the more delicate food items. Soak the cooking ends of the sticks in water while you cut up the ingredients for your shish-kebobs.
Slide pieces of food onto the cooking end of your stick, alternating ingredients and leaving a small space between each addition. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Hold the shish-kebob closely over hot coals and rotate slowly. Turn the stick every few minutes to ensure even cooking on each side. Depending on the size of your meat chunks, their distance from the coals and how hot the coals are, the shish-kebobs should be ready to eat in 15 to 20 minutes. Check for doneness periodically and make sure the chicken cubes are cooked all the way through before eating.
- Created on Saturday, 01 January 2011 22:41
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Tin Foil Packs (also known as Hobo Packs)
In separate containers offer a variety of choices for campers to pile into their packet. Here are a few suggestions:
• Ground or diced raw meat (pre-cooked canned chicken chunks are a good choice, too)
• Canned potatoes
• Canned carrots
• Bell pepper, diced
• Mushrooms, sliced
After the campers have added what they want to their packets, fold them up tight and place them on the hot coals. Let cook for 10 to 20 minutes (time will depend on your fire and how much food is in the packet). Use tongs to remove the foil packets from the coals, and you can eat right out of the foil!!
- Created on Saturday, 01 January 2011 22:30
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Some of the most delicious food you will have camping can be prepared using the campfire! Everything from proteins, carbs, and veggies can be grilled/baked/fried using the open fire. A well balanced meal is easy if you are prepared for your trip.
1. Plan ahead. Know what you are going to make for each meal of your trip. Think easy and simple, but nutritious.
2. If you are using a cooler to store your food, use all perishable meats and dairy within the first few days to make sure they stays fresh before you consume them. If you have a trailer with a fridge, you are lucky, and you don’t need to worry about speedy consumption.
3. Bring lots of tin foil with you as you can wrap almost anything in it for baking over/or in the fire.
4. Don’t forget to bring a large basin to wash your dishes etc with after your meals.