There's nothing wrong with expecting a properly made cup of coffee, even in the backcountry. Well, maybe especially in the backcountry, when you've spent a long night trying to stay warm on a minimal mattress and a crumpled up fleece as a pillow.
There are a variety of brewing methods available, from press pots that integrate with your backpacking stove to classic cowboy coffee, which involves putting the grounds in a kettle boiled over a campfire, and just filtering out the solids with you teeth. Right.
After a long day hiking, there are few things more exciting than the promise of a good hearty meal and dessert. Now, sitting in the comfort of your home, you might be thinking that trail mix will be fine, but get out on that trail and you’ll start craving some sweeter fair. To solve this problem, jdorenbos has compiled three stand-out recipes: Turtle Rice Pudding, Orange Mango Angel Food Cake, and a Lemon Berry Parfait (seen above).
With a bit of technique and pre-planning, it's pretty amazing how much stuff you can actually carry, safely and non-exhaustingly, in a backpack. On the other side of the coin, it's also true that you need almost as much stuff for a single night in the backcountry as you do for a weekend trip. The gear doesn't change much for one night or seven... just add some more food, first aid supplies, and you're off.
One of the single most direct ways to get outside more this summer, take more trips, and spend more time exploring: take less stuff. After all, the point of hiking, camping, and backpacking is to get away from material things in the first place. And whether you want to spend a few nights in the woods, or tackle a specific, well-loved thru-hiking route - you don't need 75 lbs worth of stuff on your back (and your feet) to do it.