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Planning meals and cooking equipment needs for group expeditions can be intimidating. I like to make the process as simple as possible for everyone involved, whether you are on the planning team, the shopping and packaging team, the cooking team, the cleanup team, or the eating team!x

This article describes the basic framework for a simple, lightweight group cooking system developed, refined, and tested over the past ten years as a trek leader for Backpacking Light's Wilderness Trekking School and Montana Council BSA's Montana High Adventure Base.


  • Introduction
  • Food Preparation
    • The Basic Recipe
    • Single Serve vs. Group Portion
  • Cooking Equipment
    • Pots
    • Stoves
  • Eating Equipment
  • Mealtime Process
  • Cleanup Supplies & Process
  • Conclusion

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