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Trails 11-08-2011 12:46 PM

Hot off the presses (or at least kind of warm from the mailbox) and a Thanksgiving re
The November Northwest Horse Source has our article on camping off of your horse (or mule) without the use of pack stock. Many riders want to experience camping away from the trailhead but donít have, or want the expense of, pack stock. Camping off your riding animal can get you away from the trailhead and into remote areas while also treading lightly on the land. It's certainly not the same experience as using pack stock for a wilderness trip but neither is it uncomfortable or unpleasant. I find that my packstock-less trips are much more relaxing as I only have one animal to worry about.

As the distribution date for this piece was November I included my recipe for my version of a trail Thanksgiving dinner. Mighty tasty after a long day
on the trail!

You can read the full article and see what I subsist on whilst camping here

Nokota 11-08-2011 06:20 PM

Great article, thanks. I like the recipe. always looking for quick easy backcountry meals.

QOS 11-08-2011 08:12 PM

Robert, I hope to try that one day! Sounds like great fun and there is nothing better than a hammock! Used to swing in one at Grandpa's house - he made them himself!

Trails 11-08-2011 09:54 PM

Thanks! I'm always on the look out for quick and easy meals and this one is a regular especially for multi day trips.

I'm a new convert to hammocks and it's been a bit of a learning curve. Quite pleased now that I've taken the time to tweak the setup. So much more comfortable than sleeping on the ground. The insulating pad is a must lest you freeze at night!

traildancer 11-09-2011 01:30 PM

Your article is very informative.

I have done both types of wilderness packing and fortunately have the pack stock, gear and trailer to use. I prefer this method but have done the what-you-can-carry-on-your-horse.

I especially like your suggestion about using "mule tape" for a highline. It is not something I would have ever considered! I used to flag for the power company and may be able to get some old stuff from them. If not, what type of store sells it? I'm guessing that Prussik knots and knot eliminators work the same as on rope.

I think I may try the hammock. My concern would be sleeping on my side since I seem to do that a lot. How does that work without dumping one's self on the ground or wrapping up as a coccoon?

And I also like the recipe!

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