Thursday, August 25, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Camp Fire Cooking

Living and working in the mountains is hard work. It is work that I love but without the right tools the work load seems to multiply. A good pair of gloves, the right clothes and for some, the right fire pit. Food in the backcountry is a source of energy but is also a morale booster. When the weather is cold or rainy there is nothing better than a warm cup of tea or coffee and a hot meal. By the same token a filling meal at the end of any long day of work is always welcomed and to be able to sit and relax by the fire, for me, is something unmatched.

Recently, while on a trip into the South Chilcotin Mountains, a group of us set out to build a backcountry cabin, some of us with previous carpentry skills, some with strong backs and others with skills around the campfire. All of us were needed and all of us worked. Four long days resulted in a cabin with counters, benches, tables and roof over our heads.

Days started early. Crawling out of our sleeping bags and lumbering down to the fire to warm up was the routine. The fire brought people warmth and a place to greet each other to talk about the day’s plans. After gazing into the flames for a few minutes it was off to tend to the horses, some went off to continue ongoing projects inside the cabin and for a few days I was the one who stayed at the fire and took care of the cooking. Not the most glorious of jobs but one that was necessary. Build the fire, boil water, and make coffee. First things first, spread out the coals and start cooking breakfast. Bacon, eggs toast and hash browns and sometimes pancakes or French toast. We might be in the backcountry but we did not suffer from lack of food.

Lunches were pretty easy, sandwiches, fruit and some cookies but one cold day warranted some warm pasta primavera. After lunch, it was back to the cabin and work around the camp before getting ready for supper. Stoke the fire, get those coals hot. On the menu, campfire stew, honey ham with scallop potatoes and even lasagna all accompanied by dessert. Mmm, all that dessert. Now everyone is fed and happy so it’s time to relax, sit around the fire and roast marshmallows before turning in. Happy Days!

Chilcotin Holidays

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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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