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Backpacker Magazine – September 2009

Rip & Go: Loon Creek to Horseshoe Lake - Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, ID

Explore a supersized wilderness that's home to Idaho's densest population of gray wolves.

by: Jason Kauffman

Horseshoe Lake (Braden Gunem)
Horseshoe Lake (Braden Gunem)
(Photo by Dave Schiefelbein)
(Photo by Dave Schiefelbein)

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On the Menu
Breakfast 1

On the road
Lunch 1
Bagel with Italian dry salami and Swiss cheese
Dinner 1
Backcountry Fish Tacos
Breakfast 2
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal
Lunch 2
Bagel with peanut butter
Snacks Jerky, roasted almonds

Peanut Butter- Chocolate Chip Oatmeal
Like a cookie in a bowl

2 packages (plain or cinnamon) instant oatmeal
1 handful chocolate chips
2 tablespoons peanut butter

Heat water and add to instant oatmeal. Add chocolate chips and peanut butter. Stir.

Backcountry Fish Tacos
A refreshingly easy twist on a summer favorite

1 small green cabbage, shredded
1 avocado
4 tablespoons salsa
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 4-ounce pouches albacore
6-8 small tortillas

Peel and mash the avocado, adding salsa to make guacamole. Shred the precooked albacore and warm in pan with olive oil. Place fish in a folded tortilla, top with diced cabbage and guacamole.

The Grocery List (Aisle #) in nearest store below Jerky (2)
5-oz. jar salsa (2)
1 package small flour tortillas (3)
2 4-oz. packages alba- core tuna steak (4)
1 small pack chocolate chips (4)
8 oz. roasted almonds (4)
2 plain bagels (4)
Instant oatmeal (4)
1 jar peanut butter (5)
Italian dry salami (6)
1 pack sliced Swiss cheese (6)
1 small green cabbage (produce)
1 avocado (produce)
Pack olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper

Nearest Grocery Store
Mountain Village Mercantile

ID 21 (at the intersection with ID 75) Stanley, Idaho; (208) 774-3500

Pit Stop
Gorge on a calzone or hand-tossed pizza and wash it down with a cold Sun Valley Ale at Papa Brunee's (on Ace of Diamonds St. in Stanley). Get there early–this is a popular dinner spot for locals coming off the trail. (208) 774-2536

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