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nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Feb 14, 2013 - 08:50am PT
the problem I see with the cutting board on top of the cooler is you've either eliminated its use as a seat (common) of someones ass is gonna smell like onion.
ruppell

climber
Feb 14, 2013 - 08:56am PT
Plus what if your chopping some dinner and need a beer?
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Feb 14, 2013 - 08:57am PT
yeah.... i'm thinking FAIL! on the cutting board gimick ;)


When we spent those years developing out at Winslow and heading out EVERY weekend I found having a tote with all the kitchen stuff in it and devoted to only camping made life much easier. I also had a few extra plates, knives, forks, cutting boards and I'd just toss them in a plastic bag when dirty and do them when we got home. Saved time and water (in the desert).

You know those plastic tops you can put on an open can? I cut a small hole in the top of one that a fork handle could fit through. It was for canned dog food so I'd leave the fork in there and not have to deal with a dirty dog food fork.
ruppell

climber
Feb 14, 2013 - 09:01am PT
Honestly the handiest "trick" I have is a folding chair. No joke my first road trip I didn't have one for about six months. I would just sit on, you guessed it, the cooler. lol Finally decided to buy one to see what all the hype was about. Now I never go anywhere without one.
covelocos

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Feb 14, 2013 - 09:20am PT
http://www.biolitestove.com/campstove/camp-overview/features/
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Feb 14, 2013 - 09:22am PT
action packers, each one is some 'set' of gear.

one is BitchenKitchen stuff, including JetBoil coffee kit.
one is assorted sundries like batteries, bug repellant, small children, and sunscreen.

one is food stuffs for meals and snacks


sort the order of the packers by which one you'll need first, or blend a single easy to reach 'fast reaction' packer with coffee, sunscreen and food.


or be like me and toss whatever into the closest one until it's a cluster, then re-org it later.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:03am PT
A COMBO porta potty, camp stove, and bunwarmer!































































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guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:38am PT
heading out EVERY weekend I found having a tote with all the kitchen stuff in it and devoted to only camping made life much easier. I also had a few extra plates, knives, forks, cutting boards and I'd just toss them in a plastic bag when dirty and do them when we got home.

Heck... I thought I invented that.

Also instead of buying ice, just make your own in those disposal Glad plastic storage containers. 6 or 7 of those really keeps coolers cold -good for a weekend.

Im not down with the cooler top - cutting board - the cooler is a table or a seat.

I hate the fold up seats they now sell that are made in CHINA .... your ass sinks way down and it's not a good way to sit when your cooking. The old style alumium folding chair... you know the ones with woven plastic slatts to sit on and they work really well in mud.

I have a Folding Table .... made by HONDA and supplied on the early CRV models. It's sturdy, small and compact.

Also: I like to use those CHEAP- BLUE TARPS, to put all the stuff on and to use as a "Kitchen Floor" keeps all your stuff cleaner and stops dust and crap from getting in your food and helps keep you car clean when you pack the stuff back in.

Bring a extra one and some 4 mm cord to make a roof for your Kitchen if it rains.

I like to camp well and eat well.... the thought of eating CANNED food turns my stomach.

Good topic Mr. E .... looking fdw to reading more.

locker

Social climber
FukUville
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:47am PT


I mostly car camp these days...

So it's not a huge problem taking more than needed to make sure that I am in, "CRUISING mode"...

That said, if I am only going out for a few days, I pretty much pre-cook MOST of my meals...

briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:50am PT
Anyone using an outback oven? I'm thinking about getting one.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:51am PT
A COMBO porta potty, camp stove, and bunwarmer!

throw some ice in the bowl and slap a cutting board on the lid and I would say you got yourself a winner there Cosmic!
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Feb 14, 2013 - 11:13am PT
With little kids, I do a lot of car camping. The "no limit to what you can take" rule ends up having limits. Especially when you start adding kids!

Used to roll out the door and through a few things to go to JT pre-kids. Now, it takes all sorts of quartermasterly logistics just to get on the road. Now moving into the less is more direction once again.

When I went to Facelift, I packed as though I had three kids! Ha ha! Going to JT on my own this weekend. Won't make that mistake so soon again!

I am a big fan of action packers (or other storage bins that work for you). Everything has a home in the garage and on the road with those.

One thing I find really useful is I keep box each of quart and gallon ziploc bags in one of the action packers. These are my new duct tape. Many uses, but finally got wise after planning lunches (sandwiches) for day hikes and then realizing after I made them, had nothing to put them in. This lead to some interesting improvisation (which is kind of what being in the outdoors is about, anyhow!).

I also bring a plastic dishpan for washing dishes in camp. Then I realized it would be even better to have two (one wash, one rinse). They just nest in each other and weight difference is negligible.

Eric
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Feb 14, 2013 - 11:26am PT
Credit cards.

Reminds me of a New Yorker cartoon from years back: a naked woman is standing in front of a department store. Caption reads "Well, here I am at Bloomingdales... naked and with a credit card!"

I'm sure I didn't think this one up, but I've always liked the idea of vacations where all you bring is a "credit card and a thong" (insert one essential piece of gear for "thong" if you like!).

Maybe not in wilderness, but you can always get what you need (maybe not "want") wherever you go in the world. I realized this early when packing to go from New England to Wisconsin to work at a summer camp. I had bought a summer's worth of soap and was trying to fit it into my bags. That's when a friend commented, "You know, Eric, they do have soap in Wisconsin." :-)

And sometimes, even in wilderness you can get stuff you need. I was trekking in Nepal in the Annapurna region. The group I was with wanted to go "off the beaten path" and not on the traditional trekking circuits between villages et al. So we ended up following shepherd's paths for a few days through jungle and forest up to one of the spurs of Machupuchare. We camped in a stunning meadow around 12,000'. No settlement around for miles and miles, though you could see villages thousands of feet below in the valleys.

Well, we thought we had to make do with what we had (which was pretty luxurious, all things considered), but later in the afternoon a guy shows up with a tump line attached to one of those old style metal coolers. It was filled with bottles of coke! Of course, I had to buy one! Tasted pretty good in that setting!

Eric
TheTye

Trad climber
Sacramento CA
Feb 14, 2013 - 12:37pm PT




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