Showing posts with label camp cookery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label camp cookery. Show all posts

Monday, 20 May 2019

A photo montage of outdoor vittles.....

Refuelling for outdoor adventures..


I though I would chuck together a photo montage of me and my occasional tramping companions enjoying some fine vittles while engaged in our outdoor pursuits. I will add more photos to this post as time goes on so watch this space....


Enjoying my sandwich in the Otira Valley in the summer of 2016



Georgia eating a snack bar outside Packhorse Hut

The preparation and consumption of food plays a vital part in any outdoor activity, it can raise your spirits, can be fun to prepare and it provides the fuel we need to help us to achieve our outdoor adventure goals. 

A daily tramping food ration...

I like to pack my food into daily 'rations' i.e. one bag contains all of the food I will be eating for that particular day. This is packed into a large sized Zip-loc bag along with any instructions or content information I feel I might need to prepare the food.


Four days of tramping food being prepared for a trip....

Below is a typical daily ration from a trip I took on the St James Walkway back in 2015...




Breakfast:  Cream o' wheat + raisins + 1t sugar/milk powder + Tea
Lunch: Crackers + Pate + electrolyte drink
Snacks: Peanuts + Special K biscuit + scroggin pack+ Steak bar
Dinner: BCC Chicken a la King + mashed spuds + Miso soup + Refresh sachet (lemon/lime)
Extras: Puri Tabs + salt + pot scrubber +contents list
Nestle Iced Tea + tea ( 1 T sugar) (710gms total)

Kitchen duties: outdoor food preparation


At some point you are going to need to prepare food in the outdoors. Sometimes you will have a cosy shelter or hut to eat in...other times you might just be propped against a tussock on some hillside.

Here are a few photos of outdoor meal preparation.


Preparing lunch at the Onetahuiti shelter, Abel Tasman National Park 2017

Soup before the main meal,  Packhorse Hut wardens quarters: we were doing a stint as wardens at Packhorse Hut


Brewing up and lunch prep at Onetahauiti Shelter, Abel Tasman NP 2018

Cooking dinner at the Packhorse hut wardens bivy..we were doing a stint as wardens at Packhorse Hut


Fixing lunch in the forest on Mt Thomas, North Canterbury


Campsite/camp ground cooking shelters

Some of the more developed tracks will have shelters for you to cook and enjoy your meals in. These are mostly clustered at DOC campsites or campgrounds and can range from the most basic three sided structures to edifices that look like huts. 

Eating at the Black Rocks Campsite shelter, Queen Charlotte Track



The massive and rather splendid cook shelter at Pelorous Bridge campgrounds


Camp shelters will often be the centre of camp life and the focal point for meeting other trampers/campers.

The campsite cooking shelter at Onetahuiti Beech, Abel Tasman NP


The slightly mangy cook shelter at Bay of Many Coves Campsite, Queen Charlotte Track

The campground cooking shelter at Kerr Bay, Nelson Lakes National Park

Cooking shelter at the Bar Bay campsite, Abel Tasman NP

Massive cooking shelter at Anchorage campsite, Abel Tasman NP

The pleasure of a hot or cold beverage outdoors


Tea is always a part of my tramping experiences wither it be billy tea, a quick lunchtime cuppa or a more civilised brew enjoyed once I arrive at the hut. Earl Grey (Chai Nui by choice or Dilmah) and always black....like my soul.....or so I'm told....


Jon enjoying a mug of tea at the East Hawdon Hut, Arthur's Pass NP


Swinging the billy for some tea...open fire and billy boiling


Heating water for hot chocolate, Packhorse Hut, Banks Peninsula


Brewing up in the bed of the Blue-Grey River, Victoria Forest Park

Having a cup of tea at Davies Bay Shelter, Queen Charlotte Track

If you are going to drink tea have a full measure!!!!!

A sumptuous feast for morning tea, Hanmer forest Park


I also enjoy a cold drink from time to time...


Lunchtime tramping food

There is nothing finer in life than a tasty lunch after a couple of hours walking. It is a great pick me up and provides the energy you need to keep going into the afternoon.

One of the lunch mainstays I enjoy is pate.....this is usually small 90gm cans of pate made by the French company Haneff. Excellent on a wrap or crackers and power packed with calories to keep you moving while tramping. 


My French inspired lunch repast while walking around Quail Island, Lytellton Harbour


Pate for lunch while reading in Magdalen  Hut, St James Conservation Area

...here it is pate with spinach wraps at John Tait Hut, Nelson Lakes NP



I am also partial to tuna fish at lunchtime, be it canned or in a foil pouch it never disappoints when you are hungry. Good on a salty cracker, in a sandwich or wrap and with or without condiments it is tasty and full of energy. 


Tuna and crackers while walking the Christchurch 360 Track, Summit Road, Port Hills


Tuna and crackers for lunch again..... on Mt Isobel overlooking Hanmer



Tuna and crackers while admiring the view from the Lewis Pass Tops in 2016


I also like cheese, salami and crackers, or for a change some peanut butter on crackers or a wrap...


Cheese, salami and crackers: a lunch of champions while strolling the Abel Tasman Coastal Track in 2018


If the trek is short or if you are willing to carry the weight your meals can be a lot more elaborate, like this anti-pasti spread Karen and I had while visiting Otamahua/Quail Island...


Antipasti spread at Swimmers Beach, Otamahua/Quail Island


Snacks for the trekker on the go...

There is nothing like a snack on the trail as you make your way from one point to another. It might be savory or sweet or a combination of both. Personally I lean heavily to the savory (olives, steak bars, jerky, cheese wedges, Bhaji mix and I love a salty nut ....Brazil's, peanuts or macadamias) although my favorite outdoor snack is a box of raisins...

Le Snak: crackers and cheese spread...a great tramping snack


Very occasionally I will eat muesli bars...Hanmer Forest Park


Snack time on the Arthur's Pass Walking Track, Arthur's Pass NP


My favorite tramping snack...raisins!


I sometimes like a Kellogg's LCM snack bar to go with my tea....

My daughter Georgia chowing down on chocolate, Kaituna-Packhorse Hut Track

,,,tacking into a Kellogg LCM bar atop Mt Herbert, Banks Peninsula....



Snacks also include an ice cream if walking the Christchurch 360 Trail


Tucking into a freeze dried meal...

Most outdoor people will have had the dubious pleasure of tucking into a freeze dried meal at some point. The ubiquitous freeze dried can be heaven or hell depending on how you cook it, the mood you are in or how hungry you are feeling.

The ubiquitous freeze dried meal...before adding the water


A Backcountry Moroccan Lamb meal after adding the hot water

Wither it be a Backcountry, Outdoor Gourmet,  Absolute Wilderness or some other brand we can all associate freeze dried meals with some outdoor adventure...




Miso soup with my freeze dried meal at Packhorse Hut, Banks Peninsula



Cooking a freeze dried dinner at Nina Hut, Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve in 2017


Tucking into a Backcountry Tomato Alfredo Pasta at Mid Robinson Hut, Victoria Forest Park


Backcountry Lamb & Veges and red wine, Hawdon Hut, Arthur's Pass NP

Soup and Outdoor Gourmet Butter Chicken at Totoranui, Abel Tasman NP

An Outdoor Gourmet Venison and Rice Noodle Stir fry, Packhorse Biv

DOC Huts: cooking benches, gas hobs, tables and general hut life

I enjoy the variety of cooking/dining facilities you find in DOC huts....again the quality of the experience depends on the facilities and your mood. Time spent in a hut will include sitting down to a meal or snack at some point.


Cooking space at the Rod Donald Hut, Te Ara Pataka, Banks Peninsula



The cook bench at Lake Christabel Hut, Victoria Forest Park


Clinton Forks Hut, Milford Track: Great Walk huts sometimes have cooking facilities provided


Georgia eating some soup at the Packhorse Biv in 2018


Hut life...various trampers enjoying the late afternoon sun and each others company

Brewing up at Hawdon Hut, Arthur's Pass...

Lunchtime tramping vistas to die for

A good lunch stop will often depend on the view you are enjoying while eating. Some of our lunch stops are pedestrian but some are gorgeous and worth all the effort used to reach that point. 


Lunchtime stop on the Christchurch 360 Trail looking at the Estuary at Redcliffs

Mt Balloon, Milford Track from the lunch shelter at McKinnon Pass

Tonga Island from the beach in front of Onetahuaiti Campsite, Abel Tasman National Park


FYI: Pt 913 shown in the photo below is the second highest point on Banks Peninsula and is only 6 meters lower than the summit of Mt Herbert. It is to the south east of the Mt Herbert massif and has a radio relay building on its summit. 



Lunchtime view from Pt. 913, Mt Herbert Scenic Reserve, Banks Peninsula

The Apprentice (1678) from a lunch stop on the Lewis Pass Tops

Lunch stop on the summit of Mt Grey, North Canterbury

Break time atop Mt Bradley, Banks Peninsula in 2013
Kaikoura Peninsula from a memorable lunch spot on Mt Fyffe, Seaward Kaikoura Range

Lunch el-fresco in Hanmer Forest Park

View from picnic area, Swimmers Beach Otamahua/Quail Island


Bon appetite!!!