Cooking in the West


Western movies often portrayed the camp cook as a cranky drunk. I think this stereotype evolved for a darn good reason... they had to be cranky and/or drunk to survive! Camp cooking is such a fine and pleasant misery that I'd probably do it for free gratis just for the adventure. However, that does not prohibit me from complaining about the job--especially now that I have retired from wilderness camp cooking.

The only job description for a back country camp cook I was ever given came from a packer/guide, whom I will refer to by his initials, Guy Gravert. "The cook rides in the back and get...

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