Backcountry Cooking: Are you prepared?
by Staff
Great camp cooking requires more than a stick and a pack of jet-puffed marshmallows. Take our quiz to see if you've got the tools it takes to move your cuisine from the kitchen to the backcountry.

Which of these is not a factor to consider when choosing cooking tools for camping?

  • the number of people for which you'll be cooking
  • the type of food you'll be cooking
  • the color of the cookware

It's important for backpackers to consider the weight of cooking tools. Experts recommend backpackers load packs with no more than what percent of their total body mass?

  • 5 to 15 percent
  • 15 to 25 percent
  • 25 to 35 percent

Which is not a type of backpacking stove?

  • liquid fuel stove
  • compressed gas stove
  • liquid-gas hybrid stove

Liquid fuel stoves burn what types of fuel?

  • white gas, kerosene or alcohol
  • kerosene, alcohol or motor oil
  • white gas, liquid hydrogen or alcohol

Compressed gas stoves burn what types of fuel?

  • butane, butapropane and propane
  • butane, isobutane and propane
  • isopropane, propane and hydrogen

True or false: All camping stoves can easily be carried in a backpack.

  • TRUE

What three metals are most commonly used to make pots and pans designed to be used on backpacking trips?

  • aluminum, stainless steel and cast iron
  • copper, stainless steel and titanium
  • aluminum, stainless steel and titanium

The first of these is the heaviest metal used to make backpacking pots and pans, and the second is the most expensive.

  • aluminum, stainless steel
  • stainless steel, titanium
  • titanium, aluminum

True or false: Backpackers should leave cooking pot lids at home in an effort to lighten their packs.

  • TRUE

For more advanced cooking, how many pots and pans should a backpacker bring on the trail?

  • two pots and one frying pan
  • one pot and two frying pans
  • two pots and two frying pans

Which camping dish are backpackers most likely to leave at home?

  • plates
  • cups
  • bowls

True or false: A good camping dish serves multiple purposes.

  • TRUE

How many calories must a backpacker consume per day to maintain good health?

  • 250 to 600
  • 2,500 to 6,000
  • 25,000 to 60,000

True or false: Plastic is the cheapest material from which camping dishes are made, but it's also the heaviest.

  • TRUE

To reduce weight, some backpackers carry a tool that's a combination of two eating utensils, known as what?

  • knirk
  • spoofe
  • spork

True or false: Whether a spork is made of plastic, aluminum or titanium, it generally weighs less than 1 ounce (28 grams).

  • TRUE

How far away from water sources and your campsite should you wash dishes?

  • It doesn't matter; it's OK to wash dishes in lakes and streams.
  • 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to 6 meters)
  • 150 to 200 feet (46 to 61 meters)

True or false: Some hikers use sand and gravel to scour their dishes.

  • TRUE

What item should you avoid using to wash your dishes while camping?

  • small scouring sponge
  • dish towel
  • regular dish soap

True or false: When rain threatens your camping trip, it's best to cook in your tent where it's dry.

  • TRUE

What's the best way to dispose of soapy water after you've cleaned your cooking kit?

  • fling it on the ground
  • pour it into the closest water source
  • treat it with chlorine dioxide tablets

When it happens to distance runners, it's known as hitting the wall. What's it called in the backcountry?

  • hunger knock
  • hitting the wall
  • bonk

What balance of carbohydrates, fats and protein should you aim for to keep your diet bonkproof?

  • 60-65 percent carbohydrates, 20-25 percent fats and 15 percent protein
  • 15 percent carbohydrates, 60-65 percent fats and 20-25 percent protein
  • 20-25 percent carbohydrates, 15 percent fats and 60-65 percent protein

Which is a calorie-dense food?

  • beans
  • oatmeal
  • nut butters

True or false: Foods cook faster over a fire than in your home kitchen.

  • TRUE

Spices weigh almost nothing at all and can kick up your cooking. Which is a must-have?

  • salt
  • black pepper
  • smoked paprika
  • cumin
  • all of the above

How many servings of jerky does one pound of meat make?

  • about eight 1-ounce servings
  • about six 1-ounce servings
  • about four 1-ounce servings

Which is an alternate cooking method if you find yourself without your equipment?

  • cooking over coals
  • hot stone cooking
  • spit cooking
  • all of these
  • none of these

How do you purify any water you collect?

  • boil water for one minute, plus an additional minute for each 1,000 feet above sea level you are
  • filter water with a portable water filter system
  • use water-purifying tablets or drops
  • all of these

Which two items are key for preventing food spoilage as well as keeping your pack light?

  • dehydrator and carbonator
  • dehydrator and vacuum sealer
  • meat grinder and vacuum sealer