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Backpacker Magazine – November 2011

Rip & Go: Little Lyford to Gorman Chairback - 100-Mile Wilderness, ME

Ski (or snowshoe) hut-to-hut in the East's wildest preserve.

by: Charlie Wood

West Branch Pleasant River (John Siceloff)
West Branch Pleasant River (John Siceloff)

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On The Menu

Breakfast and dinner provided by AMC

Lunch and snacks
Yankee Gorp
Russian tea
bagels with peanut butter and raisins

Yankee Gorp
A high-calorie trail mix to fuel your tour and keep your insides warm 

2 cups granola
1/3 cup roasted peanuts
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup dried apples 
1/2 cup dried blueberries 
1/3 cup dried cranberries 
1/2 c
up M&Ms 

At home, add all ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Divvy in zip-top plastic bags. Serves two.

Russian Tea   
A fire inside your Thermos

1/2 cup instant tea powder
2 cups orange drink powder (like Tang)
3 Tablespoons lemonade powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix ingredients in zip-top bag. Add two tablespoons per one cup hot water. Store in insulated bottle (like REI’s Bullet Vacuum Bottle, $25,

The Grocery List (Aisle # in Nearest Store Below)

[  ] dried apples  (produce)
[  ] dried blueberries  (produce)
[  ] dried cranberries  (produce) 
[  ] M&Ms (1)
[  ] orange powder drink mix (2)
[  ] lemonade powder drink mix (2)
[  ] sugar (3)
[  ] cinnamon (3)
[  ] allspice (3)
[  ] cloves (3) 
[  ] granola (4) 
[  ] bagels (4)
[  ] instant tea (5) 
[  ] roasted peanuts (5)
[  ] cashews (5)  
[  ] raisins (5)
[  ] peanut butter (5)

Cross-country skiing burns a ton of calories. Get ’em back with a plate of baby back ribs from the roadside oasis known as Spring Creek Bar-B-Q.
26 Greenville Rd., Monson, ME; (207) 997-7025


Indian Hill Trading Post
Route 15, Greenville, ME 
(800) 675-4487;


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Jan 08, 2012

Saw this planned poster before construction began for the huts when I was thru hiking the AT in 2010, I didn't really appreciate the AMC club or what they try and do, but from a day hikers perspective it would look pretty decent. Or just learn to camp, LNT, and leave the huts for the handicapped and older folks.
Jan 05, 2012

Thought you and Jeremy would find this interesting. :/)


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