Yep, S'mores are definately a great camping treat

by Kade 19. July 2009 07:34

So after yesterday's post I decided it was time to pull out the S'mores gear and put the good old camping treat to the test.  So I built a little fire in our backyard tonight, gathered my family, our roasting sticks, marshmallows and some chocolate.  We built a great little fire, let it burn down to coals and roasted marshmallows.  I decided that these are definately the best camping treat out there.  While cooking them I decided there are some tricks to making the perfect smore:

  1. The perfect s'more starts with the perfect fire.  If you try to cook s'mores on a fire that is too large the marshmallow won't be cooked right.
  2. Cook two marshmallows per s'more.  The heat from each s'more will help to melt the chocolate more and it's always fun to clean up a gooey mess.
  3. When the marshmallows are brown all the way around, quickly transfer them to the graham cracker and shove the chocolate in the marshmallow
  4. Perhaps one of the most overlooked steps in eating a s'more is to let it cool down a little before eating it.  This will minimize the mess and allow the chocolate inside to melt completely.
  5. Don't pay attention to the nay saying co-workers who want instant gratification with marshmallow cooked in the microwave.  Yeah they are good, but it's just not the same as cooking s'mores over the campfire. 

There you have it.  I decided for myself the s'mores are the best camping treating around.


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S'mores - The best camping treat of all time?

by Kade 17. July 2009 07:11

So today at work my co-workers started dissing on 'Smores claiming that they are way overrated.  They said that they don't understand why people make such a big deal over Smores.  One of them mockingly said, "Oh Smores, you just can't go camping without Smores."  Other comments like, "The marshmallow is just too much" and "'Smores are just too messy" were a couple of the reasons my co-workers gave for not enjoying Smores. 

After a few minutes of discussion, my other co-worker spoke up and I think he hit it on the head.  As campers we are too spoiled with modern day candy bars.  Our generation wants everything instantly.  Why wait for a marshmallow to slowly roast over the fire then mix with a graham cracker and chocolate, when you can pull a Snickers out of your pocket and start eating instantly?

I for one think Smores are awesome, perhaps the best camping treat of all time.  Everyone can make them, the kids love scorching roasting marshmallows.  So what do you think?  Do you agree with me or am I off in left field?



Camp Food | Camping | Family | S'mores

Natural Mosquito Bite Itch Relief

by Kade 9. July 2009 01:44

A couple of nights ago I got a NASTY mosquito bite on my right forearm.  It feels like a bruise when I touch it and is about the size of a silver dollar.  Worst part is that it itches like crazy, but yet it hurts to scratch because of the bruise type feeling. 

This made me think about the few hiking / camping trips I've been on when mosquito's were just horrible and I decided I would set out to find some ways to stop the mosquito bite itch sensation.  Here are a few natural ways that I found that worked for me.  Try some for yourself and let me know how it goes:

  1. Heat or hot water.  This is one that can be used in the backcountry if you get one of these nasty mosquito bites.  Apply heat to the bite, as hot as you can stand.
  2. Ice or cold water.  Interesting how my first suggestion is heat and second is ice.  For some reason, lukewarm just doesn't cut it when it comes to mosquito bite relief.
  3. Rub the bite with a dry bar of soap. Yeah I know weird...
  4. Tea Tree Oil (aka Melaleuca oil.  If you need access to this stuff, let us know and we can hook you up)
  5. Banana Peel that is open.  Rub the opened banana peel over the bit.
  6. A pocket knife.  Bite on a stick and just cut the bite out. Sealed (No, don't really do this.)

Some of these might not work for you and may not work for different mosquito species bites.  Different species cause different reactions.

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Win a Stansport Single Burner Flat Propane Stove

by Kade 3. July 2009 02:32

As part of our new site release, Backcountry Secrets is giving away a Stansport Single Burner Flat Propane Stove.

If you want to win it, Submit a Point to our site between 12:01AM Jul 01 2009, and Midnight September 30, 2009 Mountain Time, have it approved by us and you'll be entered in to the drawing.  A "point" is anywhere to recreate in the outdoors that falls within our categories of outdoor sports.

Stove is made with durable heavy gauge steel with baked on enamel finish. Features: Individual regulator on/off control knob adjusts burner up to 5000 BTU's. Stove to cylinder tube has on/off valve and fits 16.4 oz. disposable propane cylinder (not included). Wind baffles supports cookware and shields burners. Low profile base for stability.

  • Retail Value: $39.99 - For you, maybe FREE!
  • Durable heavy gauge steel with baked on enamel fin
  • 10,000 BTU stainless steel burner
  • Wind baffles supports cookware and shields burners
  • Uses 16.4 oz disposable propane cylinder, not included
  • 7-3/4" x 7-3/4" x 3"

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What's included in the new release?

by Kade 2. July 2009 02:51

I just finalized the update to Backcountry Secrets and wanted to summarize some of the highlights for you.

1.  A new design.  I'm hoping that the new design will bring more attention to the fact that users can update descriptions, submit reviews, upload images, and upload KML files for all of the different outdoor sports.

2.  Outdoor Gear Deal of the Day page.  This page helps users to find great deals on products that are killer deals from major companies such as and more.

3.  KML file support and Google Earth view.  On each of the point detail pages, users who have submitted at least one point will be able to view KML files in a Google Earth type environment.  This feature is great to show the elevation gain of a hike, or directions to a point. This image is of Table Rock Hike and Campground in Wyoming.

Table Rock Wyoming

4.  The site in general just loads faster.  We optimized a lot of the code to help the search pages and detail pages load faster.  The biggest difference will be seen on the search pages.

5.  Flickr images integrated.  We are no longer hosting the images submitted to the site on our own server.  This will allow us to have larger image sizes and share great photos with more people. 

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