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2014-04-10 03:31:09 PM  
I've never been camping in my life.
 
2014-04-10 03:33:22 PM  
i usually only go on overnight backpacking trips, so trail mix, clif bars, jerky, and in the winter we'll add cheese and hard salami to the list.
 
2014-04-10 03:33:26 PM  
Hoe cake.

Hoe's got to eat too.
 
2014-04-10 03:33:30 PM  
 
2014-04-10 03:34:40 PM  
Whomever falls asleep first, raw, with mayo.
 
2014-04-10 03:35:43 PM  

ciderczar: Whomever falls asleep first, raw, with mayo.


Mayo? Gross. Why do you think they invented BBQ sauce?
 
2014-04-10 03:35:50 PM  

ricewater_stool: I've never been camping in my life.


it is a blast.  we're supposed to go next friday, just a little state park outside of phoenix.  Usery Pass.  never been.  i guess there's a natural wind cave or some shiat.


no real tricks or tips per se, i'm not a regular enough camper to give much advice....i will say though, bacon in the great outdoors is magical.

we have a little propane stove with two burners.  you can do a lot with it.
 
2014-04-10 03:36:05 PM  
Precooked steak and veggies. Warm em up in tin foil or on a cast iron skillet and stuff in tortillas for awesome tacos. If flour tortillas- no need to warm them up. If corn- gotta use the skillet.
 
2014-04-10 03:36:46 PM  

rickythepenguin: i will say though, bacon in the great outdoors is magical.


And Vodka. Seriously.
 
2014-04-10 03:37:18 PM  
Bring lots of this and some bread and mayonnaise.

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2014-04-10 03:37:20 PM  
Bring lots of this and some bread and mayonnaise.
 
2014-04-10 03:37:24 PM  

Nadie_AZ: rickythepenguin: i will say though, bacon in the great outdoors is magical.

And Vodka. Seriously.


Lamp chops. And bourbon. And a dark maduro.
 
2014-04-10 03:38:00 PM  
And pre-rolled joints.
 
2014-04-10 03:38:10 PM  
I haven't done this since I was a kid and traipsed around with my dad on my brother's cub scout trips. I thought those dehydrated meals were SO COOL.
 
2014-04-10 03:38:44 PM  
for some reason, bacon cooked on a griddle over a flame is enhanced greatly by some Yukon Jack being added to them while cooking.
 
2014-04-10 03:39:11 PM  
I haven't camped since August. I feel so suburban, my skin crawls.
 
2014-04-10 03:39:26 PM  
Clean trout. Salt, pepper, and sprinkle it with corn meal.
Put a few good glugs of oil into your cast iron skillet.
When it's nice and hot, put the trout into the skillet.
Fry 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Eat.


Fry a package of bacon in your cast iron skillet.
Throw in a hacked up onion and a couple hacked up potatoes.
When everything is crispy, pour the grease out and throw in a dozen eggs.
Serves 6.
 
2014-04-10 03:40:13 PM  
What kind of tips are you looking for?
Try not to use river rocks in your camp fire construction.
DO use a big flat rock as a griddle.

I don't know. Buy a boy scout handbook.
 
2014-04-10 03:40:41 PM  
if you are boiling noodles, always save the water you drain off. you never know if you'll need more hot water for your sauce, or to melt cheese, or whatever, and it's a pain in the ass waiting for more water to boil.

if you're making dehydrated beans and rice, cook the rice in all the water you'll need, and when it's done, add the beans, kill the heat, and cover. they'll rehydrate just fine and you won't have to worry about a pot of burned glop.

if you have dehydrated vegetables you're planning to include with dinner, put them in one of your extra (full) water bottles and let them rehydrate throughout the day. veggies rarely have enough time to fully rehydrate if you just add them to your meal, and they will taste much better this way.

if you're making a pot pie (or regular pie) with some kind of bisquick, you can cover your pot and make a twiggy fire on top of the lid in order to brown the crust.
 
2014-04-10 03:40:45 PM  

Nadie_AZ: And Vodka. Seriously.



not a big vodka guy....

the story of the time we were in cabins near Sedona, and late at night i'm having  a cigar, seeing millions of stars, just amazing, no manmade light at all.  just freaking amazing.  anyways, everyone is asleep except for me.  i'm getting all mystical and shiat.

and then i feel something furry rub on my leg, like a cat does.  turn on the flash light, a freaking SKUNK.  i say to him,"now, Mr Skunk, now you listen here; if one of us bothers the other, we're both gonna end up the worse for it, so you leave me alone, i'll leave you alone, mmmmohkay?"
 
2014-04-10 03:41:44 PM  
...you guys go  fancy, damn. We just bring peanut butter, jelly, and bread, cereal, and cup ramens.

/If you have a refrigerator, bring normal food. If not, think 'light and does not require refrigeration'.
//You learn to like crap food when you're visiting nature's wonderlands.
 
2014-04-10 03:42:07 PM  

Eutamias21: I haven't done this since I was a kid and traipsed around with my dad on my brother's cub scout trips. I thought those dehydrated meals were SO COOL.


having had to live off those for weeks at a time while climbing and hiking, I will say some were really damn tasty, while others were absolutely nasty.

Nothing beats freeze-dried ice cream though. I could go for some of that right now
 
2014-04-10 03:42:25 PM  
Drive a long, stainless or aluminium nail through your potatoes, wrap them in foil and chuck them in the coals. The nail heats up and cooks them about twice as fast.
 
2014-04-10 03:42:27 PM  
I haven't been camping for years, but we used to hike into Yosemite and set up camp in places where we wouldn't see another soul for days at a time. That was awesome.

We usually brought flour tortillas, grated cheese. bacon and powdered eggs. We'd make breakfast wraps. They were pretty satisfying after a night of sleeping outside.
 
2014-04-10 03:42:46 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: And a dark maduro.



i went spelunking long ago in northern california; the group leader (my navy boss) was from Kansas where I guess there's lots of caves.  at least where he grew up.  anywyas, when we reached our destination, some massive room in the cave, by his family traidion, we had anchovies with crackers and port.  that's how his grandfather took him hiking, i remember him saying.

it was fun as shiat.  you get dirty as fark though.  it was a wet cave, not a dry cave.
 
2014-04-10 03:43:35 PM  
The most important thing for me when I'm backpacking is my morning coffee. There is something completely divine about drinking coffee out in the woods.
 
2014-04-10 03:43:39 PM  
If you're backpacking, leave the beer at home no matter how much you love it. A couple of flasks is way more economical.
 
2014-04-10 03:43:53 PM  

rickythepenguin: Nadie_AZ: And Vodka. Seriously.


not a big vodka guy....

the story of the time we were in cabins near Sedona, and late at night i'm having  a cigar, seeing millions of stars, just amazing, no manmade light at all.  just freaking amazing.  anyways, everyone is asleep except for me.  i'm getting all mystical and shiat.

and then i feel something furry rub on my leg, like a cat does.  turn on the flash light, a freaking SKUNK.  i say to him,"now, Mr Skunk, now you listen here; if one of us bothers the other, we're both gonna end up the worse for it, so you leave me alone, i'll leave you alone, mmmmohkay?"


I was sleeping on the edge of the Salt above Roosevelt once when I was woken up by them. I didn't dare move. I got up the next morning with tracks all over me and around me. Must've been 3 or 4.
 
2014-04-10 03:43:59 PM  
One year my husband and I built a pit fire and cooked a ham in it underground. That was super fun.
 
2014-04-10 03:44:09 PM  
though i was thinking about getting one of those lightweight camping burner things
 
2014-04-10 03:44:55 PM  

PsiChick: ...you guys go  fancy, damn. We just bring peanut butter, jelly, and bread, cereal, and cup ramens.

/If you have a refrigerator, bring normal food. If not, think 'light and does not require refrigeration'.
//You learn to like crap food when you're visiting nature's wonderlands.


this is just a false assumption. i've been on many 10+ day backpacking expeditions, and there is absolutely no reason to eat like crap. with proper meal planning, you can eat like kings, and it makes the trip 100x more enjoyable for everyone involved when the food doesn't suck.
 
2014-04-10 03:45:07 PM  

Solid State Vittles: If you're backpacking, leave the beer at home no matter how much you love it. A couple of flasks is way more economical.


Hard booze is so much lighter. If you need a mixer, bring those packets of crystal light.
 
2014-04-10 03:45:20 PM  
Campfires are too smokey tasting for me.  I prefer to eat propane.
 
2014-04-10 03:46:06 PM  

oi_piss_me_off: though i was thinking about getting one of those lightweight camping burner things


I have one. Great for backpacking. But you are mostly limited to boiling water or cooking in a small pot. Which is fine if you are doing dehydrated foods or pasta meals.
 
2014-04-10 03:46:47 PM  

rostit: Campfires are too smokey tasting for me.  I prefer to eat propane.


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2014-04-10 03:46:58 PM  

atlfarkette: The most important thing for me when I'm backpacking is my morning coffee. There is something completely divine about drinking coffee out in the woods.


TROOF!!!!!!


Nadie_AZ: was sleeping on the edge of the Salt above Roosevelt once when I was woken up by them. I didn't dare move. I got up the next morning with tracks all over me and around me. Must've been 3 or 4.


ha, nice.  my other "encounter" was on Mt. Graham, about 6,000 feet up.  farking COLD!  I woke up to something picking around the campsite, feet away.  whatever it was, it was breaking twigs.  i was scared, i won't lie.  had to be at least 30-40lbs.  my kids weren't breaking twigs when they walked around.  so what was it?  coatimundi?  tiny bear?  'SQUATCH?
 
2014-04-10 03:47:03 PM  
I usually just order room service.
 
2014-04-10 03:47:17 PM  
You can rent a lot of camping equipment if you don't camp much. I've done a lot of camping because my grandparents took us a couple times a year and when I was married that was all we ever did.
 
2014-04-10 03:48:02 PM  
on my longest camping trip, we had porters and cooks....so get some porters and cooks.
 
2014-04-10 03:48:31 PM  
www.blackeyedpigz.com

Get a charcoal chimney.
 
2014-04-10 03:48:54 PM  
I'm betting 'squatch, ricky! That dude is SNEAKY til nightfall. Then he clomps around like a pissed off teenager.
 
2014-04-10 03:49:27 PM  
A cast iron pie iron is pretty versatile and if you have more than one then everyone can make their food to the own preferences. You can make eggs and bacon in them, sealed sandwiches, pudgie pies, obviously. Just fill it up and cram it in the fire.
 
2014-04-10 03:49:33 PM  

oi_piss_me_off: though i was thinking about getting one of those lightweight camping burner things


we have a double burner, which would work for a frame backbpack but it probbaly too big.  the small ones are cool but then you can only basically boil water or use a tiny pot "for one", so if you are with a group you want several.

i was just at REI and i was checking out all this cool gear i wanted but would never use.  like those solar ipad / "personal device" chargers.  those are cool as fark.

i just bought a cool flashlight instead.  it was like $35 but with my dividend check and the sale i only paid like, $12-$14 or some shiat.  YAY ME
 
2014-04-10 03:49:49 PM  
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2014-04-10 03:50:09 PM  

atlfarkette: The most important thing for me when I'm backpacking is my morning coffee. There is something completely divine about drinking coffee out in the woods.


Oh yes.  And tea in the evening.

I love camp cooking. If it's car camping and we'll have an ice chest, I go all out. Some of my favorites are stew or chili in a dutch oven, scrambles with fried potatoes and eggs for breakfast, and steaks or kebabs over the fire.  We often do rice and beans with tortillas and cheese, too.
 
2014-04-10 03:50:14 PM  
For regular ol' car camping, veggie shish kebabs drizzled in olive oil and loosely wrapped in foil is about the easiest thing to cook over/on/in a campfire.
 
2014-04-10 03:51:17 PM  

rostit: Campfires are too smokey tasting for me.  I prefer to eat propane.


www.hwdyk.com
 
2014-04-10 03:51:20 PM  
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Find a nice warm place to drink while other people cook.
 
2014-04-10 03:51:45 PM  

msupf: rostit: Campfires are too smokey tasting for me.  I prefer to eat propane.

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That was Sterno, but thanks for playing :-)
 
2014-04-10 03:52:36 PM  

atlfarkette: The most important thing for me when I'm backpacking is my morning coffee. There is something completely divine about drinking coffee out in the woods.


Coffee at sunrise at over 14,000 feet is amazing.
 
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