[Sca-cooks] Dutch Oven Cooking - OOP

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Thu Jun 18 20:13:38 PDT 2009

> The other reason my troop chose aluminum Dutch ovens was because,  while 
> not light, were still considerably lighter than the cast iron  ones. You 
> mentioned backpacking one for ten miles. I only had to carry  an iron one 
> over a mountain ridge and down at Philmont, but I remember  it all too 
> well. I was having to carry it in my hands though, not on  my back.
> Stefan

Rather than a standard Scout Yucca pack, I had an extremely expandable pack 
my father designed on a homemade frame.  By the time I was Senior Patrol 
Leader, I was carrying 60 to 80 pounds of gear.  When I carried a dutch 
oven, it was lashed inside the pack top to frame at the bottom of the load. 
That is far more comfortable than trying to carry a dutch oven by hand.  The 
original packframe died and I transferred the pack bag to a commercial 
mountaineering frame.  I haven't used it in years, but the rig is stored in 
the basement.


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