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Backpacker Magazine – September 2010

Rip & Go: Watchtower to Sheephead Loop - Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, MT/ID

Have rocky ridges and sparkling alpine lakes all to yourself.

by: Michael Lanza and Casey Lyons, Mapping by Kim Phillips & Kris Wagner

Watchtower's Peak South Face (Michael L. Hoyt, Corvallis, MT)
Watchtower's Peak South Face (Michael L. Hoyt, Corvallis, MT)
(Photo by Clarke Wiebe/Age Fotostock)
(Photo by Clarke Wiebe/Age Fotostock)

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On The Menu
Breakfast 1On the road
Lunches 1 and 3 Grilled cheese bagel with tomato
Dinner 1 Better-Root Stew (below)
Breakfast 2 and 3 Granola with raisins and honey
Lunch 2 Tuna fish bagel with cheddar and chips
Dinner 2 Selway Curry (below)
Snacks Jerky, trail mix

Better-Root Stew
A fresh, tomato-based stew

1 golden potato, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 sweet potato, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 packet tomato soup mix
1 packet beef jerky
4 cups water

Sauté onion and carrots in olive oil until soft. Stir in remaining ingredients. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, or until potatoes have softened.

Selway Curry
Sweet, spicy, and simple

1 box couscous (unflavored)
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried apples, diced
1/4 cup cashews
1 teaspoon olive oil

Add couscous to 1 1/2 cups boiling water and olive oil. Remove from heat and stir. Add cranberries, dried apples, and curry powder. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes; fluff with a fork, add cashews, and serve.

The Grocery List (Aisle # - In nearest store below)
[ ] 1 pack beef jerky (service counter)
[ ] 4 bagels (bakery)
[ ] carrot (produce)
[ ] golden potato (produce)
[ ] sweet potato (produce)
[ ] tomato (produce)
[ ] 1 block cheddar (1)
[ ] 1 box couscous (1)
[ ] tomato soup mix (3)
[ ] dried cranberries (3)
[ ] dried apples (3)
[ ] 1 pouch tuna (3)
[ ] 1 box granola with raisins (4)
[ ] 1 small jar honey (4)
[ ] 1 small bag potato chips (8)

Pack Curry powder, olive oil, salt and pepper

NEAREST GROCERY STORE
People’s Market
801 North Main St.,
Darby, MT; (406) 821-3612

PIT STOP Wolf down a prime rib so big it barely fits on the plate at The Naughty Moose. You can get it regular or blackened. 5338 US 93, Conner, MT; (406) 821-9955


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