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French Bread

French Bread

French bread is made out of such simple ingredients but once combined in such a way it creates such a beautiful, tasty, comforting masterpiece.  Since the process is the most important part of making French Bread, here are a number of pictures that show this process. When mixing up the dough, mix until it comes together in a mass. Dough should clear the sides but still be slightly sticky. If it is too sticky, add more flour. If too dry,…

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How To Choose Your Sleeping Pad

How To Choose Your Sleeping Pad

Sleeping pads for backpacking come in many shapes, sizes, and weights. How you choose your sleeping pad is very important for a comfortable night sleep while in the great outdoors. I have slept many nights outdoors on different pads, and without pads as well – But when Nicky and I started looking for a sleep system that would work together, we took a step back to review pads and decide what was important to us. Identifying what you need in…

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Make Your Own Pack Cover

Make Your Own Pack Cover

Do you need a rain cover for your pack but wonder why manufacturers charge some $30 for piece of nylon? Consider making your own pack cover with this easy instruction! It is very rewarding to make your own backpacking gear and you can customize it to the exact size that you want. Here is what you need: Sewing machine Thread Pencil Lighter Parachord (or some other durable chord) – 8-10 feet Plastic cord lock (see photo) Ripstop nylon fabric –…

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Make Your Own Sleeping Pad Coupler

Make Your Own Sleeping Pad Coupler

As a couple that backpacks together, we wanted to combine our sleeping pads into one so that we could sleep next each other – not only for being the close couple that we are but also for the added benefit of mutual body heat. For anyone that has attempted connecting two sleeping bags, you know of the dreaded gap between the sleeping pads and night-long pad shifting. We also wondered, do we really need to bring two sleeping bags with…

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Chicken Gumbo

Chicken Gumbo

This recipe is a 100% original backpacking recipe developed by Grant and Nicky. It all started when we made a Chicken Gumbo at home and thought, this would taste great out on the trail on a chilly fall evening after a long day of hiking. And boy were we right! After a quick internet search we realized there there was not a backpacking recipe out there for Chicken Gumbo so we were going to have to create one for ourselves….

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Salsa Rice & Beans

Salsa Rice & Beans

When we are out on the trail and feeling particularly hungry after a long day we turn to this filling meal. Since it contains both rice and beans, both of which really ‘stick to your ribs’, it is sure to fill up any hungry hiker! Since this recipe contains salsa it is also packed with flavor! As usual, this meal does not look particularly tantalizing when it is dehydrated in a plastic bag, but once it starts cooking and you…

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