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Somehow I "volunteered" to take a couple of gals backpacking this weekend, and am a little apprehensive. They are working the summer at the parks my wife manages, nice gals. And they have nothing but the clothes on their backs as far as backpacking gear. Neither one of them has ever had a pack on their backs. So I'm packing three packs, pads, sleeping bags etc They aren't spring chickens (neither am I) but we are only doing a couple miles into a lake, and then maybe the mountain top nearby (another couple miles) for a day hike.

It will be fun I'm sure, I enjoy this kinda thing, but at the moment feeling overwhelmed. And of course, wondering what stove(s) to take.

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This is how great movies start off! Only bring one sleeping pad, five bottles of wine, conveniently ‘forget’ one sleeping bag, and the rest will take care of itself! 😂
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Is there much elevation gain to the lake? That's what usually gets people. They can hike all day with a weighted pack, but a thousand feet of elevation gain with that same pack is not what they call fun.

What are your stove options and what are you cooking?
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It's uphill all the way, but pretty gentle. I'd guess 400ft of elevation. The mountain top is another 1000ft. We aint camping up there this trip.

Coffee. We are cookin lots of coffee. And probably (surprise!) MacnCheese, Couscous, brown sugar and milk for a start on breakfast, methinks they are bringing those poor little oatmeal packets too.

I make a good tomato basil soup, with some bannock type bread it's a treat.

My dogs usually help carry, but only one is going on this trip. Kirby, my border collie, is prone to bite people he doesn't know, and he's so dang cute I can't folks away from him.

Should be in the high 30's. My wife wants me to take my heavy sleeping bags for them. I aint gonna do it. We can always cuddle together. I get the middle :)
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Sounds like you got your hands full, Keith! :D You'll figure out the stove issue. Do they have decent footwear? Take moleskin and pictures!
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Moleskin , yes, thanks for the reminder!

Not sure on footwear. I'm not big on real boots for hiking, trail runner type shoes are my thing this time of year. They day hiked to one of the local lakes last weekend that is short, but steep and rough. The seem like the tough sort. We will see.
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As long as the packs are reasonably light and the weather cooperates, they'll have a great time.
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From what you wrote it sounds like a boiler is all you need. One boiler and maybe an extra fuel bottle should do it. Upper 30s? What's your most reliable cold-weather boiler?
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Model 500's are great to cook on. I'd give them each one of those to pack in. Seriously, it's good of you to assist them like that. I hope the weather cooperates.
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Is the wifey going also, Keith? Sounds dicey.
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Sounds like trouble Keith, women who like it rough. :)
Women sleep cooler, bring warm bags or extra clothing.
Mac N Cheese, I could have told you that! The soup and bread sounds like a better option with it cooling down good by dinner time.
I sure miss picking huckleberries.
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You're married to a park ranger or something like that, right? Tread carefully, she probably knows all sorts of out of the way places to hide your body.
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Heck my wife set this up! No, wifey is not coming, she has to work. Apparently she told these gals months ago she would get em out in the woods, and now is out of time. Keith to the rescue.

Jim, it might be fun to have a 500 in each of their packs when we first start out. Maybe a gallon of water too
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You must sure have a very trusting wife if going alone!

Regardless, since you ask for suggestions...hope they are not too obvious.

Do they just want an overnight on the trail, want to learn backpacking skills, have plans to hike and explore, or just get away with junk and snack food? Can you have a fire? If they have not camped, make sure they have DRY sleeping clothes at night. Establish some privacy boundaries for personal hygiene, etc.

If you do take only one stove (502 type, 530, Svea, etc.) then I'd have a good size pot for water boiling, a light weight non-stick small skillet, a separate coffee pot, with each person bringing their own utensils and thermo-cup.

Below are some ideas I've used over the years for three adults backpacking. Fresh foods, first day.

breakfast ideas:
omelet (6 eggs) and some cheese and a few veggies (onion, pepper, mushroom) thrown in, maybe some diced ham
pancakes (just add water) with some cinnamon, raisins, fruit added, maple syrup
instant oatmeal, granola bars, apples w/peanut butter for simple starters.

Lunch:
gorp, jerky, pbj, apples, hard cheese/crackers, summer sausage, hard breads

Dinners:
Knorr chicken alfredo packages, add a can of chicken breast and some fresh veggies, extra spices, hard bread
Instant "loaded" mashed potato mix, steak jerky to dip and eat (simple and fast)
Stir fry with instant rice, sear fresh veggies in a little olive oil (onion, mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini, broccoli, etc.) use whatever meat, such as canned chicken, Vienna sausage, Spam?, salmon, beef
spaghetti using 3 ramen packs for noodles, tomato paste (add water then Italian spices), leftover fresh veggies French baguette w/garlic butter.

take some stuff to make some 'mores.
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Bob, thanks for the input. Gads I love Spam. BUT frying Spam turns my dogs into raving maniacs. I can only imagine what it does to Grizzly bears. Still, I'm tempted to take some.....

Duane, weren't those Huckleberries something!!! Got a buddy wants to go to that lake, next year I will hit it again. Never seen berries like that.
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gwillmot wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:45 pm download.jpeg
Too funny. :)
Keith, those huckleberries are my best highlight of my trips up there.
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Keith,
I thot u wer the lukist guy to hav ur wif let u go cmping with to women!

Whil I was siting dwn to dinnr I tld my wfe that you wre doing a nobl ting, and I thout it wuld be a nce jestr for me take two of her yunger frinds campin for the weeknd.

Trns out she did nt agree, so I wont be gong.

Sory for the poor typng, but my one eye is swoln shut, and good arm in a slng aftr the Griswold came flyng acrs the kitcn and hit me.

Hav fun!

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Too funny!!

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Good one, Bob! :cf_bravo:
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Like Bob, I would be injured for sure! LOL
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Bit off too much ? never.. You'll rise to the occasion. lol Just to be on the safe side throw in a couple Mountian House meals and a hot water bottle for each of them to snuggle with.. hahaha I'm sure things will work out.
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Vendo63 guy wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 3:48 pm This is how great movies start off! Only bring one sleeping pad, five bottles of wine, conveniently ‘forget’ one sleeping bag, and the rest will take care of itself! 😂


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:twisted: That's just wrong........ :twisted: ............ :lol:
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What happens on the trail, stays on the trail! But, I think we're all waiting for some reviews of the weekend, Keith!
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I ran into a couple of college girls around mile 5 in Olympic National Park last year. They were not prepared at all. Little water left, no food, wrong shoes, no whistle, and no clue. We let them borrow our Sawyer and helped them back to the parking lot.
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