[Sca-cooks] Dutch Oven Cooking - OOP
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.
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
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