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Backpacking at Colorado Bend

When:   January 21-23, 2011
Where:  Colorado Bend State Park; Park Map

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» Activities:
  • Backpacking, Philmont style
  • Friday night: Hike ~1 mile River Group Camping site
  • Break camp Saturday morning and hike ~3 miles to 2nd campsite
    • Take Spicewood Trail to Connecting Trail to River Back Pack Camping Area
  • Sunday morning hike ~1 mile to parking lot
  • Skills we will work on
    • Trail cooking
    • Purifying water
    • Leave No Trace
    • Packing and hiking
    • Map & compass (BRING YOUR COMPASS)
» Packing List:
  • All gear fit in or on your backpack
  • Pair up to split tent and cooking gear
  • Backpack stove, cook pot and utensils
  • Biodegradable soap for washing dishes (Camp Suds)
  • Food should be in containers that can be split-up and packed on Friday (see Grubmaster below)
  • Each scout MUST have two 1-liter water bottles (does not need to be a Nalgene; a recycled Gator Aide or Ozarka is fine)
  • Expect cold weather so pack a warm hat and long underwear
  • Compass, small pad and pencil
  • See the Campout Gear List
» Grubmasters:
  • Combine as many ingredients as you can at home so prep will be easy on the trail.
  • Pack single servings into quart size zip-lock freezer bags.
  • Pack all components for a meal in a gallon size freezer bags for easy packing.
    • e.g. If you have 2 groups, you should have 2 bags for dinner, 2 for lunch, etc.
  • Below are some example recipes.  You may need to adjust measurements according to how many you are feeding.  Search the web for more or be creative and make your own. I strongly suggest you test any recipe at home before the campout.
» Drivers:
  • Print Leave No Trace flier to review with scouts during the drive out
  • Print park map and directions at top of page for yourself
  • After entering park drive to T at camping area, turn left to go to parking area at end of road.
  • We will hike back up the road to camp site #37at the opposite end
  • We are parking here so it will be a shorter hike on Sunday morning

» Water Purification:
» Read the campouts page for more details