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Backpacker Magazine – November 2009

Rip & Go: Iron Mountain Loop - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

Lose the leaf-peeping crowds on this quiet ramble above Virginia's loftiest canopies of color.

by: Amy C. Balfour

Feathercamp Branch Trail (Steven McBride)
Feathercamp Branch Trail (Steven McBride)

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On The Menu

Breakfast 1
On the road
Lunch 1
Peanut butter and apple wedges on a bagel
Enloe's Tuna Couscous
Breakfast 2
Iron Mountain Cheese Grits
Mixed nuts, trail bars, chocolate

Enloe's Tuna Couscous
Recommended by one-pot-cooking thru-hikers

3/4 cup couscous
2.6-oz. packet of tuna
Pinch of salt and pepper
Soy sauce to taste

Boil 1 cup water. Add couscous, remove from heat. Let sit for five minutes, then add tuna, salt, pepper, and soy sauce.

Iron Mountain Cheese Grits
Cheddary breakfast with a kick

3/4 cup instant grits
1 cup water
1 1/2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, diced
Pinch salt, pepper

Boil water. Remove from heat, then add the grits and diced cheddar. Stir, then cover and let sit for 3 minutes. Season to taste and enjoy.

The Grocery List (Aisle # in Nearest Store Below)

1 package bagels (1)
1 tuna packet (2)
2 chocolate bars (3)
2 energy bars (3)
10-oz. box couscous (4)
1 pack soy sauce (4)
1 jar peanut butter (4)
1 box instant grits (4)
1 package mixed nuts (9)
1 block cheddar cheese (back aisle)
1 apple (produce)
Pack salt, pepper

Pit Stop
Grab a homemade chicken salad on wheat at Wild Flour Bakery, 10 miles west of Damascus on US 58. They make soups and breads from scratch daily, using locally sourced produce. 24443 Lee Hwy, Abingdon, VA; (276) 676-4221

Nearest Grocery Store
Food City
736 N Beaver Dam Rd; Damascus, VA; (276) 475-5570

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