Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
I wouldn't want to carry all that water, and even after pre-soaking, beans take a long time (as in hours) to cook unless you have a pressure cooker.
My preference is to cook the beans at home and dehydrate. On the trail they'll reconstitute just fine with boiling water and sitting in a cozy 15-20 minutes. Lots less fuss and bother, lots less weight to carry! You can do this with canned beans or with your very own baked bean recipe.
Edited by OregonMouse (08/28/1311:55 PM)
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey
Loc: Eastern MA, USA
I'm with Oregon Mouse: Cook beans at home and dehydrate for easy meals on the trail. Unless you change soaking water, your 3-day soaked beans may not only sprout, but start to ferment... Plus, they would be heavy, potentially messy/leaky, and take too long to cook requiring a lot of fuel.