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I strongly recommend you don't follow the plan you outlined, bringing cold cooked meat along on your hike to eat after a day or two. You almost certainly can not achieve this while following food safety guidelines. Sometimes you get away with taking risks with food safety. Other times you will make yourself extremely ill. In the case of a multi-day ...


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Take shelf-stable canned meat instead. It's entirely possible to buy shelf-stable cans of meat that will last for months or years, because the canning process kills all the bacteria that might grow on the meat and make it inedible, while also sealing the meat away to that it won't be recontaminated by the environment. It should be entirely safe to take such ...


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It's not safe. Meat spoils quickly. However, here in the US there is a safe way to hike with chicken: https://starkist.com/products/premium-white-chicken-pouch It's prepared like canning but it's in a foil pouch. They also sell such packs of tuna fish. I feel like I've seen other meats this way but a quick search isn't turning them up.


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This is unsafe unless you can keep the food at or below 4°C (39°F) until it is consumed. There are many questions about this on the cooking SE, where they have a thread devoted to proper storage of food. To quote the highest upvoted answer by Aaronut: The USDA has this to say on it: Storing Leftovers One of the most common causes of foodborne illness is ...


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That 60 l figure is a middle ground. There are ultralight backpackers who could use a lot less, but that means spending huge amounts on minimalist kit, and refining your setup over time. I come more from the "be prepared" end of the scale, partly because I live somewhere with very changeable weather, and have a very old but very nice 60-75 l ...


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When it comes to selecting your packs, just forget about gear sharing aspects. Size your packs to be capable of supporting each of you as though you are going individually. Two major reasons: Is this going to be the only trip you use these packs for? Probably not. Size them so you can go on other trips, as a couple or individually. A 45L is going to be ...


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The structures you are seeing are not structures at all - they are the result of either deadfall (see last definition) or blow-down/windthrow, where trees (or large branches) that have died have then fallen over, either due to wind events or snow fall. These trees topple onto other trees, stripping them of bark and pushing them down and out of the canopy so ...


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Wild Plantain! I have very strong reactions to stings, but this "weed" has provided the most and swiftest pain and swelling reduction for bee/wasp stings that I have found in around 40 years of traipsing around the woods. I've been able to find it 3 seasons of the year in cities and in the country. I typically make a simple spit poultice, just chew ...


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Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico with 11,000 visitors (10 days each) had a significant bear problem. One of the stories, not of cubs, but of yearings, was of the Kamikaze bear. Standard doctrine was to hang your bear bait bag 12 feet above the ground, 6 feet from the nearest tree. Camps had permanent setups with lines to pulleys hung 25 feet up. ...


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I had good success with self-made hiking food based on couscous and soy "ground beef" - this type of thing (no recommendation for this particular brand, just an example). Each meal gets packaged into two separate vacuum bags: one for the soy (and dried mushrooms, if part of the meal) and one for the couscous and other stuff. Prepare by putting the ...


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Chest and waist or hip belts can often be extended or replaced with longer ones. While it's possible to lengthen them, modifying the shoulder straps in any more significant way is much harder. If you do need to modify straps, the more standard the fittings, the easier it will be. So it's more important to get a pack that fits, and that puts the lower belt in ...


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In addition to the good answer by @ChrisH. I'd like to add: You don't loose much by bringing backpacks that are a bit to roomy. They might weigh a little bit more, but the difference between a 45l and a 60l pack is probably not very significant compared to your total weight, especially if you are new and and your gear is not heavily optimised. However, ...


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A very useful (and not expensive) way to adjust a sleeping bag's insulation is a liner. This also reduces the need to wash the sleeping bag, prolonging its life. With access to even a basic sewing machine, liners are easy enough to make, if it's easier to get the fabric than a ready-made liner. There are several types: The cheapest liners are thin ...


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Assuming you are always going to carry extra warm, dry clothing to use around camp, when temperatures will usually be cooler and you'll not be generating any of your own heat, then yes, you can use those same warm, dry clothes to keep you warmer in the sleeping bag. If you take off that warm, dry clothing and then get into a thin or light-weight sleeping bag,...


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if you are open to a 5.5-6 hour drive there is the Shawnee National forest down in Southern Illinois. Currently due to the COvid19 situation all of the public recreational areas are closed/parking....but you can find the backpackers parking lot at garden of the gods and other side parking spots (check river to river trail group on facebook)and do backcountry ...


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There are ways to make meat safe for multiple day excursions, but it's not something I would recommend for a do-it-yourself project. When I used to take trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, we would take summer sausages. Those are cured in a way that makes them reasonably stable at normal temperatures for a week. For the first day meal, we might use ...


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You can dehydrate cooked chicken in a home dehydrator. Bake a chicken breast (you want almost no fat in it), cut it into cubes, and dehydrate it. To use it, boil it in some water a few hours before you want to eat. Let it sit with a lid (and perhaps also a towel around it) while you set up camp and whatever, then bring it back to the boil and add other stuff ...


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There are a number of ways you can prepare certain types of meat to enable you to store it in room temperature conditions. You could make buy or make beef jerky, for instance. The key in that is that the meat has been cured by dehydration. If making beef jerky (I personally don't enjoy store-bought jerky), make sure to follow a good recipe with an eye for ...


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Packing any food (except fully pulverized one) in zip bags is the worst idea ever! It creates perfect conditions for bacteria: a micro-atmosphere full of moisture! If you want your food to last longer, you need to remove as much moisture as possible. Frying is much better than boiling or roasting, because it removes a lot of water. The best thing is smoking -...


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If you want to do some camping with a limited budget, you can start by looking at what gear you can avoid buying. Options includes: Renting Borrowing (from friends, family, or a local hiking club) Using whatever you already have. In nicer weather, a fleece or a wool blanket is enough to sleep under In non-mosquito times, any sort of tarp can make a ...


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I am guessing a pair of barn owls? They make a lot of wild noises Otherwise, perhaps a nighthawk? They squawk and use their wings to make a booming sound, which is can be very startling.


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If you are looking for binoculars suitable for hiking, you should look in the category of 'compact binoculars'. So, what are some of the characteristics of these binoculars? They should be small and lightweight. Hikers usually carry a lot of weight in their backpack, especially when setting out on a long trek. Heavy binoculars are difficult to store in a ...


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This may be a southern US thing, but tobacco either from a cigarette or the chewing type can be used to reduce pain in a bee/wasp sting. It can be done by getting the tip of a cigarette wet then squeezing liquid out onto the sting or by mixing the dry tobacco with water to make a paste, chewing tobacco can be used in the same way by getting it wet then ...


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