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Date: Tue, 4 Feb 1997 21:35:48 -0500
>From: jplynch@crosslink.net (James P. "Jim" Lynch)
Subject: Re: [at-l] Favorite Breakfasts?

>It's also nice to occasionally take enough bacon with you from a resupply
for a
>couple of day's breakfasts.

Anyone have any experience on who long bacon keeps on the trail?  Would
other meats, like ham say, do better?  (Fresh we're talking about here, not

James, I don't think I would even consider taking something like bacon on the
trail unless you plan to eat it right away. If you are thinking of trying ot
dehydrate it, don't, it will never make it. There is way to much fat in it to
go rancid. On the other hand you might want to try some of the turkey bacon. I
have not tried them to dry yet, I just don't trust the integrety (sp) of
keeping something like that on the trail. It will also be subjective to the
temps you encounter. As far as canned meats, I think they are good for many
years, and unless the seals and seams look corroded I wouldn't worry about them

Date: Tue, 04 Feb 1997 23:29:31 -0500 (EST)
>From: WYSONGJD@miavx1.acs.muohio.edu
Subject: [at-l] Winter backpacking


I am starting to think the backpacking in the winter might be for me.  I have
one question,  how do you pass the 13-14 hours after dark?  I am not
cold-blooded but if I'm bored I'm cold.

I have been winter camping ever since I started into it and I love it. There
are so fewer people out and the stars are unbelieveable. It's true that there
are long hours of darkness, but that is relative to how you first look at it.
Once your eyes become accustom to the dark there is a whole new world there.
There are so many sounds to liosten to ,the sky is teaming with life, and the
trees talk as the wind blows. All sorts of animals are movingin the night and
you can recognize them by there movements and chatters.
	Sure its dark but NEVER boring. If all else fails bring a book, enjoy a
philosophic conversation with a friend, begin a journal  most inner thoughts
and reflect within yourself. I
think it was Socrates (sp) that said something like : to think, for the sake of
thinking .. well it was somehting to that effect I'm terrible with quotes.. But
the idea behind it is that we have our minds the think and ponder lifes
questions and to use it to expand on them. it allows us endless freedom to
explore through our minds and we never have to really move from this place. (
No I'm not having flashbacks from the 60's!!!!). I'm just saying that there is
lots to do in the woods even though it is dark, don't get hung up thinking that
you have to DO SOMETHING. Just enjoy it for what it gives you.
Sorry for the ramble.. too much expresso this morning!!!

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