Fire Styles for Winter Campers

The purpose of a fire – reflected heat, quick or long cooking or merely aesthetics – dictates the appropriate style. Four common styles are tepee, reflector, log cabin and top down.

Tepee Fire

For a no-hassle fire, use the classic tepee method: In the middle of your foundation, sandwich a handful of loose tinder between […]

P-38 Can Opener

The P-38 can opener is pocket-sized (approximately 1.5 inches, 38mm, in length) and consists of a short metal blade that serves as a handle (which doubles as a flat-blade screwdriver), with a small, hinged metal tooth that folds out to pierce the can lid. A notch just under the hinge point keeps the opener hooked […]

“Dirty Version” Oatmeal Pancakes for Winter Camping

The Dirty Gourmet tries to inspire gourmet outdoor cooking by providing easy camping recipes and ideas. Their “dirty version” of a recipe is the pared down version that is more suitable for trips where refrigeration or weight is an issue, such as backpacking. They recently went winter camping in Yosemite Valley and made oatmeal pancakes […]

Freezer Bag Cooking

Freezerbag cooking is ideal for winter camping. It’s lightweight because you prepare all your dried ingredients at home and prepackage them in Ziploc bags.

You only need a single pot to boil water in, enough fuel to boil the water, and a fabric cozy for your bagged meal (a spare garment will work in […]

A yummy winter camping breakfast

Don has all the basics of a good winter camping breakfast: a hot beverage and cooked meat. More importantly, he brought enough to share! Thanks, Don.

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Cooking Jiffy Pop on the wood stove

Pop corn while winter camping is an unexpected treat. On our trip to Bald Mountain we made some Jiffy Pop popcorn on the Kifaru wood stove.

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