Backpack Shakedown

Above, is the newly named Owl Patrol for our Pathfinder section. These scouts took to the weekend like owls–they swooped in and learned a great deal about what a backpacking trip would be like. The goal of this excursion was to (1) show scouts how to pack for backpacking, (2) demonstrate a hike in to camp, and (3) how to set up camp and deal with food needs.
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“Stub” Stewart State Park

During this trip, to my embarrassment, I found that I was without a working stove.

My family was hungry. Breakfast had already been delayed. I sat perplexed, starring at the MSR Whisperlight, trying to figure it out. I used it for dinner the night before. I turned knobs, plunged plungers, but nothing. I could not get compression in the fuel tank.

I asked Ethan about it the next day and he showed me why the fuel tank would not compress. With three swift motions, one of which included applying spit to the rubber plunger valve, the stove was working again. Experience pays.

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