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Amazing Stuffed Onion

onion Nothing says comfort food like roasted onions. Try this quick, surprisingly good recipe. Serve with a tortilla or some fried bread for sopping up the juices. 

Take a rather large onion; cut off the top one fourth of it and set it aside to be the lid. Carve out the center of the onion, leaving enough layers along the side so that the onion maintains its shape.
Place seasoned hamburger into the cavity of the onion. You can add cooked rice or torn bread to the meat before placing it into the onion if you like.
Put the lid back on the onion, wrap in heavy foil, and place on coals. Cook, turning occasionally, until the hamburger is completely done. Unwrap carefully and eat.

 – adapted from a recipe by the South Dakota Departments of Health and Game, Fish, and Parks, Roughin’ It Lite

Gayle’s Best Trail Mix


  • 1 pkg unsalted sesame sticks
  • 1 pkg cajun sesame sticks
  • 1 pkg dried dates
  • 1 pkg pumpkin seeds
  • 1 pkg pine nuts
  • 1 pkg soy nuts
  • 1 pkg unsalted peanuts
  • 1 pkg sunflower seeds
  • 1 pkg chopped almonds
  • 1 pkg chopped cashews

How to prepare:
You can get these from your local health food grocery store. Mix them all together in a bowl and enjoy. Great protein snack on the trail or anytime.

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Backpacking Equipment List

The following is a suggested equipment list for personal use while on a group backpacking outing. It is designed for three-season camping in areas with available water.  Add a cooking stove and pots if you are not traveling with a group. Be prepared for unexpected weather and a longer stay than you planned. Read the rest of this entry »

A Bit of Green

A tiny log-sitting frog with boggely eyes and skinny legs once lamented, “It’s not easy being green”. Have you ever felt like that little green frog? Wondered what you could do that would matter? Sometimes it seems that caring for the planet is an unmanageable job that is best addressed by elected officials and major corporations. Read the rest of this entry »

Personal First Aid Kit

A well-stocked personal first aid kit is one of the Ten Essentials and must be carried by anyone venturing into the wilderness. Being properly prepared with first aid supplies can keep a minor injury from becoming a trip ending event. When traveling with a guided group, your trip leaders will carry a large, group-sized kit but you will still need to carry your own personal kit with you.

Store bought first aid kits are one option and can be purchased at outdoor stores. When shopping, look for kits with quality components. An online source appears at the end of this article. Keep in mind that you will not need to purchase a first aid kit designed for a large group. Look for a kit that is intended for use by one or two people.

Many hikers choose to put together a kit of their own design. If you decide to assemble your own first aid kit, shop for kit components at drug stores or on the internet. Try to keep your first aid kit small and simple. Be sure to package your kit in a waterproof bag or case. An example of a good personal kit would include at a minimum:


Whether you purchased you first aid kit or made your own, the following things are important to remember:

  • Be sure that you know how to use all of the items in your kit.
  • Check your kit before each trip and replace used or expired components.
  • Dont forget to add any personal medications that you have been prescribed.


Wilderness Medicine Institute