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Backpacker Magazine – November 2011

Rip & Go: West Clear Creek Canyon, Coconino National Forest, AZ

Rock-hop and wade your way down a wild sandstone corridor.

by: Courtney Holden (text) and Todd Martin (mapping)

Ponderosa pines & coconino sandstone above the creek (Matt Hoffman)
Ponderosa pines & coconino sandstone above the creek (Matt Hoffman)
Sperry SON-R Buckle ($90,
Sperry SON-R Buckle ($90,
Sinagua rock art (Zach Schierl)
Sinagua rock art (Zach Schierl)

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Breakfast 1
On the road
Lunches 1 & 2
PB & honey on bagels
Dinner 1
Sinagua Salad
Breakfast 2
Biscuits de Coconino
Dried mangoes, granola bars, mixed nuts

Sinagua Salad
Protein, Southwest style

1 can black beans (pre-drained and packed in a zip-top bag)
1/4 cup diced green chiles
2 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 limes
4 pitas

Dump beans into a bowl and stir in green chilies, onion, and cumin. Quarter limes and squeeze juice over mixture. Wrap in pitas. Serves two.

Biscuits de Coconino
A spicy breakfast treat
1 1/2 cups biscuit mix
1/2 cup cornmeal
2⁄3 cup milk, from powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup diced green chiles

Stir first five ingredients together. Mix in cheese and green chilies. Oil pan and spoon in batter. Cook until brown and flip. Makes eight biscuits.

The Grocery List (Aisle # in Nearest Store Below)
[ ] green chiles (produce)
[ ] green onion (produce)
[ ] limes (produce)
[ ] dried mango (produce)
[ ] pitas (3)
[ ] bagels (3)
[ ] Monterey Jack cheese (4)
[ ] nuts (11)
[ ] cornmeal (13)
[ ] powdered milk (13)
[ ] peanut butter (13)
[ ] honey (13)
[ ] biscuit mix (14)
[ ] granola bars (14)
[ ] black beans (15)
[ ] chili powder (15)

Pack Olive oil, ground cumin, salt and pepper

2300 West Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ
(928) 282-0118

Grab a Superphatmojolatte, Sedona Bike and Bean’s version of a chai espresso, to get caffeinated before canyoneering. 6020 Highway 179, Sedona, AZ; (928) 284-0210;


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