To that end, I picked out a relatively easy trip. I was to follow a set of trails up a mountain, and then camp out when I found a good spot somewhere further up. It was about 10 miles round trip. It would give me plenty of free time to kill during the day and relax.
I decided to take Rhea with me, who is in desperate need of a haircut.
I approached the mountain from the faster, but steeper side. It made for some scrambling up slopes. Luckily Rhea is a pro at climbing up nearly vertical rock. She is not as good as she was a few years back, but she can still climb up 70 degree rock without a problem.
Around mid day I reached a ridge on top of the mountain. From there it was fairly smooth travel.
Early afternoon I reached a valley where I intended to camp. My hope was that there would be a few pools of later there, but no such luck. For the rest of the trip I had to ration out the water I had brought, about three litters.
On the plus side, I was in a location with plenty of standing dead pine, and even some birch. It made fire prep very easy even with limited tools.
With fire prep done, and camp set up, I took a nap for a few hours. When I woke up, I got the fire going.
The only thing left to do was to cook up dinner. I carry a small one litter pot without a bail. People often think that you have to suspend a pot over a fire, or put it directly on the coals, but just putting it right next to the fire will get your water boiling in no time.