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Thanks for all the ideas, folks. Added oil is a given in every meal that I eat in the backcountry, but a lot of the other ideas I hadn't thought of. This weekend I'll try it with a bouill...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spice up my Chana Masala
October 23, 10:56am

Re: Lemon
Great ideas! I'm a big fan of trulemon packets (I like them in instant mashed potatoes), so I'll throw one in there. Bouillon I need to add to the grocery list.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spice up my Chana Masala
October 22, 7:36pm

Spice up my Chana Masala
So, a while back I bought a #10 can of backpacker's pantry Chana Masala. I've been slowly working my way through it, because it's bland. Really bland. So I've been trying differe...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spice up my Chana Masala
October 22, 6:16pm

I would definitely hike West to East, for the reasons David mentioned - the West end is where all the potential road difficulty lies, so better to get that out of the way. I've failed to get...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tonto Trail Thru
October 22, 6:12pm

Interesting idea
So the Klymit LWD is basically two pieces of fabric (looks like heat-sealable 200d oxford to me), sealed along the outside and partway inside. So I bet you could just take a LWD and cut out one of...

In Packrafting » MYOG Packraft... or ...could this work?
October 22, 10:54am

Hard to say, but I would definitely plan for it. The Colorado through the Grand Canyon is still quite silty and it's been several weeks since those major flood events.

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Canyon Denied – Lessons Learned
October 20, 10:45pm

Lower Dose Aquamira
So I have to preface this with a disclaimer: I am not a chemist! But, I've done a lot of research about this, and I'm pretty sure that chlorine dioxide follows the same rules as chlorine a...

In GEAR » Activated charcoal filter that can be used with standard water bottles?
October 20, 8:35pm

Drom + platypus
I like the idea of a drom combined with a 2.5 liter platy, sounds like a good combination. I don't use the hose on my drom much anymore (I've switched to gatorade bottles on the shoulder s...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 20, 8:05pm

Sumi: Nice. Where in the GC were you? I was just up on the North Rim (dropping off a food cache for this trip), and the Colorado looked very brown even from up there. Good tip on the coffee filt...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 20, 4:34pm

Sports drinks
On the note of athletes drinking sugary drinks, I once was watching the X-games when they switched to a shot of Tony Hawk a few seconds too early and accidentally broadcasted his assistant filling ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Watch those teeth!
October 16, 6:28am

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