While the excitement of adventure is enough to keep us going out, the pleasure of a properly provisioned outing adds the gentlemen to the adventure. I truly felt like a gent when sipping a gin and tonic, ice clinking and lime floating, while enjoying a platter of cured sausages, pate, cheese, olives and a crusty french baguette. I felt like a gentlemen adventurer as I enjoyed those things in the ruins atop Ghost Mountain.
The basic ideas of preparation are as follows. These are ideas from which you can build plans. Plans which you can carry out to glorious success!
The greater number in your expedition, the greater your options for food and drink. More packs = more room.
The climate/weather will have a significant affect on your food/drink. Cool/cold weather = hot/warming foods, and vice versa.
Cocktails need ice, and lots of it. Block ice and an ice pick is your best bet. Though we are working on dry ice… (This last trip we filled a gallon jug full of ice cubes, this was acceptable, but we can always improve.)
Glass is classy, but impractical. Metal, wood or plastic is better.
Things should stack or nest as much as possible, plates, cookware, utensils, containers etc.
Do as much work as possible before the expedition. Cut, slice, par cook etc.
Wrap all loose items in plastic wrap, rubber bands, etc. Shaking is good for cocktails, not cutlery.
Bring more garbage bags than you think you will need.
Make the provisioning a team effort, everyone helps. Unless they are hopeless idiots, in which case they should not be on the expedition in the first place. (I frequently disregard this rule because I am a chef, and my friends are generally hopeless idiots.)
Oh, always bring a flask full of your favorite invigorating spirit. (We suggest Calvados, the older the better.)
Use these ideas and you will soon be toasting your excess of fortune and comfort while on adventure. And as Mr. Jesse Keller says, “One of the best things about being overly provisioned while on adventure are the looks of open jealously of other adventurers.”.
Good luck to you,
Official League Culinarian and Ethanolmixologoist