Making a Cooking Pouch

Following up on my last post about Making a Pot Cozy, I wanted to share directions for making a cooking pouch. This pouch has the same purpose as the pot cozy in that it conserves fuel and frees up time that would otherwise be spent tending a stove. This pouch is perfect for many popular trail meals that can be cooked right in their own packaging. It’s perfect for Knorr sides, Idahoan Mashed Potatoes, and other similar foods. Simply heat your water, pour it into the package, seal it in a ZipLock bag, and cook it in the pouch for 15 minutes – food time!

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Winter Hiking

Just because it’s really cold outside doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get out there and hike!  With the right preparation, hiking in the winter can be very enjoyable.  Snow cover lends a hush to the woods that completely changes the experience.  I love the peace and serenity in the wilderness at this time of year.  Sure, […]

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Hiking at Night

If you’ve never tried night hiking, you should!  Hiking after dark is completely different than hiking during the day time.  The trail is completely new – everything familiar is suddenly gone, the forest sounds completely different, and it is exciting!  There are a few things you should know before venturing out at night.  Being prepared […]

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Bigelow Hollow State Park

I set out on a nice autumn day to do some backpacking at Bigelow Hollow State Park.  The park adjoins Nipmuck State Forest so most of the signage covers both.  It is a nice property in northern Connecticut – 9,000 acres according to the official website.  Most of the locals call it Bigelow Hollow even […]

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Leadmine Mountain / Heins Farm

The combination of trail systems at Leadmine Mountain and Heins Farm are the trails I consider to be my home base.  I have logged many miles in these woods and rarely need to consult a map any more.  Located in Sturbridge, MA, these trails aren’t crazy in terms of elevation but offer great hiking and […]

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Partial Pemi Loop – Part 2

Given our day of strenuous hiking on Day 1, Dan and I slept like rocks and woke up a little stuff but generally no worse for wear.  There wasn’t any running water around so we got by with melted snow to cook our breakfast.  My JetBoil performed like a champ and I had brought a little […]

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Mossy Cave Trail

We drove north from Page to hit Bryce Canyon and Zion up in Utah.  We were quite surprised to run into snow!  I suppose it was May and that wasn’t out of the realm of possibility but we weren’t prepared from a clothing perspective.  But we layered up and made the best of it.  As […]

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