Backcountry Cooking Set Up

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  1. Trapper Badovinac

    Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    I got the photos together and posted this on another forum. I thought maybe people here would be interested.

    My typical cooking situation is 15 - 30 miles from a trailhead in The Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana. It's a 2400 sq mile area.

    I cook under a rainfly often in summer like this as we move camp every couple of days.

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    In fall I cook in a wall tent.

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    This has a patio which is covered but not enclosed. It's great for setting up my firepan which I use for the DOs, or for grilling. This is really two wall tents together. One half is the mess, the other half is the cook tent part.

    This is how all this gear gets from the trailhead to the camps.

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    This is how I get from the trailhead to the camps.

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    My kitchen

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  2. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    WOW!!!! It's a lot of work though, hauling everything to a new camp.
     
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    MT Trapper, can I tag along? Looks awesome and I'd like to meet Bob Marshall...the wilderness version!
     
  4. Trapper Badovinac

    Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    We don't move the wall tents for the roving trips. They go up in June and stay put until November. But, yeah, there's a lot of gear to pack up and move every couple of days, and then unpack and set up.

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    Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    I've spent years exploring The Bob and I'm not even close to seeing it all. It's a great place and the fishing is just plain stupid easy. If you ever get the chance to go, grab it.

    A lot of people offer to tag along. :) Keep in mind that the outfitter will put you to work saddling stock, hauling water, cutting firewood, and hauling all those heavy packs around. Sprinkling lime in the latrine after knocking down the "peak" is a special kind of task . . .

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    Do bears ever mess up your beautiful kitchen?
     
  7. Trapper Badovinac

    Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    I haven't had any problems with bears. I keep things very clean and burn garbage every day. The horses and mules make a LOT of noise whenever a bear, mountain lion, or wolf comes close to camp, so bears sneaking into camp, while possible, isn't too likely. The time when the bears are most likely to be a problem is when no one is in camp. We set up a 7K volt fence around the cook/mess tent. It's solar powered battery driven.

    My biggest critter problem is mice and my nemesis, the pack rat.

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    Great pics Trapper. They bring back fond memories of the many years I explored The Bob from 1980 through 97.
    Stupid easy is the word for the fishing with my only complaint being the Horse Flies.
    Ed ...maybe we should float it next summer. Lots of logistics but can be done economically if you can hitch a ride in with an outfitter for a drop camp and do the long , very long shuttle yourself.
     
  9. Trapper Badovinac

    Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    I really hate horse flies. They torture the stock and me, and are just nasty critters. The female horse flies, like mosquitoes are the only ones that are a problem. They use your blood to nourish their eggs. The males are content to mate and then suck a little nectar with their buddies and die.

    The outfitter I work for (K Lazy 3) does drop floats. There are a couple of shops that will do that really, REALLY, long shuttle for you, but it comes at a price because it takes them all day. But, the float on the SF is worth all the trouble.

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  10. Brian Miller

    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    Ah yes, (including Pikas) all of the genus Eatamus My Packus.
     
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    Ive got to see The Bob before I die!
     
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    That is comfort food at its best.....nice job!!!!
     
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    Very nice Trapper. I grew up in Montana and have been around the Bob, but never through it. I am waiting for my daughter to get a little older and get there for a week.
     
  14. Trapper Badovinac

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    I've been cooking in a wilderness area for the past month.
    My view before it started snowing:
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    My view after it started snowing:
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    A large grunting visitor walked within 30 yards of my camp:
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    What my kitchen looked like. The leg extensions on the Camp Chef stove worked great. There were no stability problems even when I loaded it up with about 40 pounds of dishwashing water:
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    I needed to make enough apple pie for 15 hungry guys and there was no suitable pie pan(s).

    Cast iron came to the rescue yet again.
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    I did have some time to ride Comanche in the snow.
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    Trapper
     
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    now thats a nice spread
     

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