Jan 06 2009

Speaking of Fritos

Published by at 4:32 pm under Hiking

Fritos corn chips (photo from Frito-Lay)When I mentioned gulls and Fritos yesterday I remembered a story that has nothing to do with birds but a lot to do with hiking.

Several years ago I attended the Keystone Trails Association spring meeting in Renovo, PA.  KTA is an association of hikers dedicated to promoting hiking and preserving trails in Pennsylvania.  If you've hiked in this state, chances are you've used a trail maintained by KTA volunteers.

KTA's biannual meetings are held in different regions throughout the state and always include a selection of hikes in the local area so you can learn new trails and get to know other members. 

That Saturday I chose a day-long hike on the Donut Hole Trail with twenty others.  As we hiked through the beautiful forest we chatted and swapped stories.  Then we stopped for a break and someone pulled out a bag of Fritos.

"Did you know Fritos are the perfect hiking accessory?" said one of the seasoned hikers.  "Not only do they maintain their shape in your backpack and give you energy on the trail, but if you're cold you can burn them.  They're excellent tinder for a campfire."

When I got home I couldn't resist lighting one.  He was right; it burned like a candle.  The fat is the wax, the corn is the wick.  

Dinner or tinder.  Eat or heat.

(photo from Frito-Lay)

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2 Responses to “Speaking of Fritos”

  1. John Englishon 07 Jan 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I’ve always used generic potato chips for fire starters. Same principle. Always some chips or Fritos in my camping kit in a baggie.

  2. michel merleon 15 Feb 2010 at 10:57 am

    Would the frito provide both energy and salt to hiker? I wonder what the ratio should be.

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