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Peter Glevanik
(pglevanik) - F

Locale: Sothern California
website down? on 08/03/2006 22:02:31 MDT Print View

Tried the website - looks like it's out of commission?? Is the book still available...Amazon says it ships in 4-6 weeks. Holy Cow!

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Not available anywhere? on 06/29/2007 17:40:37 MDT Print View

I ordered this from some time ago, they finally sent me an email saying it wasn't available and suggested I try some online used book sellers.
On the website for the item is this text:
"Availability: Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this title will be in stock again."

So is there, in fact, anywhere I can get this? My local library system doesn't have a copy. I put in an interlibrary loan form and that eventually came back saying that apparantly no library has a copy to loan.

Brian Lewis

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Not available anywhere? on 06/29/2007 20:56:28 MDT Print View

Brian, I saw that about a month or so ago. His book was the one connected to my book on my Amazon page (the "if you like this book, get these two together" offer). It just disappeared one day, and hasn't come back. The only thing I can think of, is that publisher quit printing it? I have tried to find his contact info as well, and cannot find anything. It is as if he disappeared off the internet.

His book is missed, there are not many newer trail cookbooks for sale (most of the trail cookbooks for sale are 5-20 years old!), and few aim at going light. Our books had a lot in common, and I'd like to see his book back in print!

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Re: Re: Not available anywhere? on 06/30/2007 12:47:48 MDT Print View

Thanks, Sarah. That's very gracious of you to say about a competitor!

I have your book, and have gone through it multiple times; it's a little like getting the right shoes, though, everyone is unique. I personally don't like a lot of cheese or veggies, so have to load up on the veggies I'm comfortable eating. I want things dead simple, and will likely try to figure out N unique meal types for my PCT attempt, where N won't be a terribly large number, and will likely include some Mountain House meals mailed ahead --- the rest needing to come from what I can buy in trail towns.

So I reckon that the more ideas I can look at, the better. Of course, I could just drink olive oil for every meal, and call that a "mediteranean diet" !

Brian Lewis

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Re: Not available anywhere? on 06/30/2007 19:02:08 MDT Print View

I can say that I have changed how I eat since I brought my book out-something that shows on the website and in my blog :-)

i burnt myself out on rice and cheese badly ;-)

Now I live on pasta quite a bit, and do more dehydrating of vegetables (lots of mushrooms!)

I can say I am happy eating pasta, veggies, some cheese, herbs and olive oil with a biscuit of my Fauxbaker these days :-)

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Re: Not available anywhere? on 07/01/2007 18:59:56 MDT Print View

I followed Sarah's book's tips for pasta dehydration (p. 65) and successfully dried a healthy product called 'Barilla Plus' pasta.
Barilla Plus

It is a multi-grain pasta. Rich in protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Using Sarah's Ramen recipes for guidance, I used the rehydrated Barilla Plus angel hair and also the Penne

Great with extra virgin olive oil

and dried tomatoes and/or black beans

Charles Thompson
(DemeraraDrinker) - F

Locale: Land of Toto
Yeah, where can this book be found? on 09/07/2007 14:11:29 MDT Print View

Does anyone know if Bill still comes to the BPL site? His profile showed no activity for awhile in the forums.

I'd love to get my hands on that book.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Yeah, where can this book be found? on 09/07/2007 15:16:35 MDT Print View

Hmmmm, I am pretty sure I have 2 copies. Do I see an auction opportunity?


First contact can have the extra for original purchase price (assuming I can determine that) plus mailing cost.

That'll help with the cost of Sarah's book, not that it is prohibitive.

Ya just can't have too many backcountry cookbooks!

Speaking of, here's a plug for an author I have no business assn with other than as a happy customer. His cooking doesn't lend itself well to UL cooking methods but whenever I roll out one of his recipes to a group I invariably get multiple "where'd you learn that?" queries.

Cliff Jacobson ... pull down the Products menu, select "Books", third book from the bottom.

Also, his Expedition Canoeing book is a tour de force ... and includes info from many many folks who spend all their summers canoeing near or north of the tree line. Imagine a long distance hiking book by RJ that also included opinions and techniques from a dozen Andy's, Francis's and Erin's!

Edited by jcolten on 09/07/2007 15:24:22 MDT.

Charles Thompson
(DemeraraDrinker) - F

Locale: Land of Toto
I'll take it on 09/07/2007 15:19:55 MDT Print View

I try to PM, but when I click on your name, I get the "Compass Broke" page (server error). Can you PM me?

Edited by DemeraraDrinker on 09/07/2007 15:21:23 MDT.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
re: I'll take it on 09/07/2007 15:29:05 MDT Print View

I am getting the same. I was able to PM someone else earlier this week and he was able to get back to me.

The book has your name on it. Try again later tonight and let me know if it fails again. If so, I'll give you an email addr.

Charles Thompson
(DemeraraDrinker) - F

Locale: Land of Toto
OK, thanks on 09/07/2007 15:30:52 MDT Print View

I will try tonight.

Martin Wilde
( - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Rice on the trail on 09/09/2007 10:54:54 MDT Print View

While rice is an easy to prepare and use starch, I have found it basically to be empty calories. Yes it is high in carbohydrates, however it is simple carbohydrates.

Pasta on the other hand are typically complex (stick with you) carbohydrates. The Barilla Plus pasta (vitamin and protein enhanced) along with Couscous - IMHO and talking with others - is better for you on the trail because of its staying power.

Rice dishes tend to fill me up quickly - but after a few hours - I am hungry again. While pasta/couscous dishes keep me filled up the entire evening until the next morning.

What are other peoples results of eating rice dishes on the trail? Does it stick with you, our simply provide a "quick fix" to your hunger pangs...

During my recent JMT thru-hike, towards the end I increased my calorie intake to about 1000 calories of some dish with pasta in it and noticed that I had more energy the next day to tackle the 3000/4000' passes - I powered right up the passes. While it was difficult to choke down that many calories - the result was worth it IMHO. Additionally I suffered less end of the day/afternoon bonking than when I was just eating around 600 calorie meals. Of course after a week on the trail - your body gets stronger.


Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Rice on the trail on 09/09/2007 15:11:42 MDT Print View

I'd agree...when I wrote my first book it had a lot of rice recipes-but as time has gone by I have gone to eating quite a bit of pasta on the trail. I use the Barilla pasta and also whole wheat pasta from Trader Joe's. I precook and dehydrate my pasta at home for "instant" pasta.
The amount of pasta recipes on our website ( have gone up quite a bit in the past year.

I do still eat rice dishes, but I tend to bump up the protein in other ways to make up for it.

Patrick Korey
(biographie) - F
Re: Travel Light-Eat Heavy on 10/13/2007 17:47:20 MDT Print View

I am new to the site. I like it a lot. Getting my education on the lightweight side of things. Maybe I am missing it, but where do I put in an order for this book? Is there a particular website? I was looking for a link to email Bill, but is not popping out at me. Thanks!

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Travel Light-Eat Heavy on 10/13/2007 18:45:08 MDT Print View

As far as we can tell he is not having the book printed anymore, and his website has been gone for the past year or so. So unless you can find a used copy, no luck.

If you would like, take a look at my website for many ideas (Bill and I did share some similar viewpoints). My website is

Tim Halberg
(Turtlehead) - F
Would love to buy a copy of this book! on 06/05/2008 01:27:32 MDT Print View

Does anyone have a copy of this book they would consider selling?

I'm trying desperately to find foods to eat on my through hike of the JMT next month.

Last time I did the hike I ate two packs of instant oatmeal for breakfast, three chewy granola bars for lunch and a box of couscous for dinner EVERY DAY! (not complaining, I actually didn't mind one bit) but I'd love to mix things up this time...

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Would love to buy a copy of this book! Try these... on 06/05/2008 04:32:56 MDT Print View


Freezer Bag Cooking Volume 1
By Sarah Svien Kirkconnell

A Fork in the Trail
By Laurie Ann March

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Tim on 06/05/2008 09:41:43 MDT Print View

Visit my website. You might find recipes and ideas that you can use :-) Or search through here - many recipes, etc have been posted in the past 2 years.

Jane McMichen
(jmcmichen) - F

Locale: Maine, DownEast Coast
Re: Bill McCartney on 06/10/2008 20:00:39 MDT Print View

I think I found Mr. McCartney after 30 minutes of hard Googling. I sent an email asking about the book and will let you know if I get a response.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Re: Re: Would love to buy a copy of this book! Try these... on 06/17/2008 20:52:51 MDT Print View

George - thanks for the plug for my book... A Fork in the Trail. If anyone has any questions please let me know.