I have been backpacking for three decades, and still on a rapid learning curve. I’m lucky enough to live in a place where it’s possible to take a backpack to a remote high lake on the side of a 14,010-foot volcano or next to a glacier on a 7000-foot ridge without travelling more than 2 hours from my house. In this amazing situation I am actively practicing my skills as much as my other responsibilities allow!
Recently I’ve had the opportunity to participate in the Mountaineers Club community, leading hikes and backpacks as well as sharing my passion for teaching and for backpacking by putting on classes for the club. One of my classes, now in its second year, is Light and Healthy Backpack Food Made Simple, which focuses on trail food planning and prep approaches for the busy and cost-health conscious backpacker. This class has challenged me to steadily develop my own skills and trail-food repertoire (right now I have mashed Red Garnet yams humming away in the dehydrator).
So on this page I will share tips, recipes, tools and other skills that I hope will be helpful to you as you progress along your own lifetime backpack skills journey. Eat well and prosper!