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M. Anne Hughes

Backpacking recipes

My son and his girlfriend are planning on backpacking through the Altai Mountains next year. Does anyone have any easy cook, quick recipes made from ingredients that will be light-weight to carry? I'm hoping he's kidding me when he says he's going to take a fish hook and catch his own fish! Many thanks.

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Welshcookie

Backpacking

Either look on the web or explore ourdoor shops who will have a wide range of dehydrated meals. I would suggest he buys and tries a range before he goes so that he can weed out any that they would not eat even if they were starving. Don't forget tea bags, very light and comforting.

I'm sure you will get lots of useful advice on here from other people who've done it.

Backpacking recipes

Probably Bolas will help with something that requires catching your own sheep and an upturned dustbin lid!

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backpacking recipes

If you google 'backpacking food' there are lots of sites giving really good information from the experienced back packers. This thread is good http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/402778

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Wendy

Backpack

I suggested to my son that he took a few packs of 'boil-in-the-bag rice' and it has served him well, then all he had to buy was meat/fish. No mess, only the pan to rinse out.
I concur with Bolas on boots and wearing them before they go travelling. You can buy blister packs if the get blisters. When he went off to Oz and Thailand (my son not Bolas!)for a two year trek I all but bought him a mobile hospital and he said the blister pack was the most useful and he donated the rest of his kit to the locals! I could give you my do and don't list if you wish!
Wendy

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M. Anne Hughes

Thank you everyone

Many thanks to Bolas, Welshcookie, Wendy, ES and anyone else who responded to my query.
Good advice about the blister pack, boil in the bag rice and dehydrated food. The outdoor shops round here dont seem to stock the dehydrated food though.
They're bypassing the organised trips and going it alone. Your list of dos and donts would be appreciated Wendy. Thanks.

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Wendy

Do and Don't

You might think parts of this are silly but it was done in all seriousness. No mobile phones then. My son went with a couple of friends, your son mught be in an organised group so some of this may not be applicable.

Do keep in touch

Don't be a hero, if someone threatens you and wants your stuff, hand it over. Things can be replaced, you can't

Don't accept any blood products. I got my son some syringes to take.

DO NOT CARRY ANYTHING FOR ANYONE, no matter what they offer or say. Remember there you get locked up and the key thrown away.

I have a feeling there is limit on what can be written. I'll put my email address in my profile and you can email me if you like

Wendy

Any civil disruption don't get involved, get home.

Do enjoy yourself, take loads of pictures it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. Obey the rules of the country.


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Wendy

Backpacking, Bolas cont....

Sewing kit, very good idea. Don't know how old her son is, mine was 24. I realise now her son might not be able to import food, even boil-in-the-bag rice. Some countries are strict about that. I also suggest, small mirror, about 3-4 metres of 5-10mm cord. Useful for washing line, tying things down, making a makeshift tent, etc. Short hair, thermal underwear, soap-leaves, biodegrable. I could go on. How am I doing Bolas?

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Yummy

Back Pack tips

...never done this in my life, and the tips given make really interesting reading.

One extra thing I could think of was some Petroleum Jelly/Vaseline for those areas bound to get chafed from walking and sweating at the same time as a barrier and also a lubricant.

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Wendy

Backpacking cont...

You should buy a microfibre towel. Quite small and light but absorbs a lot of water and dries quickly. Also you can buy tubes of cold water detergent for clothes, biodegradable.

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Wendy

Still on backpacking

Take Bolas's advice with the electrolyte sachets & water. If they are taking frame rucksacks get them to buy a smallish day-sack to put bits and bats in so they don't have to carry the big one all the time. Everything I've written seems negative but my son had the most fantastic, memorable time. I didn't want him to go and cried for three days but I didn't want him a couple of years later coming to me saying I wish you had let me go. I have told all my children do something and regret it than not do it at all and regret for the rest of your life.

Your son and girlfriend will have a great time, I'm sure. As I said if you want any more advice send me an email.

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SonyaK

Back Pack tips

I did a 6 month trip through the Middle East, India and Asia to Oz. Also nearly a year in Central and South America - both years ago now!

I had to Google the Altai Mountains to see where they are - they do look very remote! I'm sure it'll be a real adventure, but they certainly need to prepare well and research what they will be up against!
Lots of good tips already given - even Bolas giving tips on sanitary products!!
Personally I just took the pill continuously for months and by-passed that particular problem!!

You don't say how long they're going for - carrying food for a really long trip could be a problem. Do they have to carry a small cooking stove and tent? We took all that to S. America - didn't have much room for clothes!!
Shampoo in sachets are useful, also detergent as Wendy said. Sewing kit and small first aid kit.
And make sure those back packs aren't too heavy!!

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graham1964

food

xmas cake...will never go off and keeps you full...thats what i would put in my backpack...?...must admit i would love to do something like that...

 
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