Backpacking Meals: What to Eat on the Trail

Dave-Giordano

Photo by Dave Giordano One of my personal battles with backpacking is always the question, what am I going to eat on the trail? I love hiking long distances and setting up camp but I don’t love freeze-dried backpacking meals. I used to pack my backpack full of granola bars and trail mix and try […]

Backpacking Without a Stove – Simple Non-Cook Meal Plan

Backpacking without a stove

Most of you know me as being somewhat of a backpacking stove geek. I don’t exactly hide the fact, but I am trying to get it under control. Just a few months ago I mentioned that when the conditions are right I occasionally like to go backpacking without a stove or any other cooking equipment […]

Amazingly Good Paleo Beef Jerky Recipe

Amazingly good paleo beef jerky recipe

I just made my first batch of Paleo beef jerky and the results are so good that I thought I’d share it with you. My entire house smells of beef jerky right now and it’s driving my dog crazy – poor thing. What’s Paleo? I’m not going to go into the details, but simply put […]

Hydration 101 | Water Enhancers?

One of the biggest problems I have with staying hydrated is that water on it’s own tastes bland. There’s nothing better than when I’m on the trail and I have the luxury of drinking from an ice cold mountain stream. Even after being filtered, the crisp, cold taste of the naturally flowing water is hard […]

Liquid Biscotti aka ‘Super Spackle’

I tried a new recipe for my trip to Mt Whitney that is a calorie-dense, delicious treat that can be eaten on its own or added to other meals, like breakfast oatmeal, for a boost of energy to kick-start your day. Unlike most people, ultralight backpackers do not eat low-calorie snacks. We’re not dieting when […]

GORP – My Preferred Recipe

GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) and trail mixes in general are typically a combination of dried fruit, grains, nuts, and sometimes chocolate, all thrown together as a snack food that is easy to take on hikes or backpacking. For many of us (myself included) GORP is considered an ideal snack food for hiking, because […]

Skout Organic Trail Bars

There has been a lot of buzz on the Twittervine lately about Lara Bar recipes and how to make your own Lara Bar-style trail bars. A few months ago I posted a simple recipe for making this type of trail bar at home with minimal ingredients and fuss. Sarah Kirkconnell (Trail Cooking Blog) has also […]

Trail Breakfast – Archer Farms Granola

Just a quick post to let you all know about a cool ‘food find’ as Sarah would say. My wife just picked up a bunch of individual serving size packets of Archer Farms granola breakfast cereals at our local Target store. They were on sale at 50% off ($0.48) each. That’s a great price for […]

Powdered Peanut Butter – PB2

One of my favorite snacks and food ingredients is now better than ever – it’s a lightweight powder! Check out Bell Plantation’s PB2 powdered peanut butter products.Their unique process removes over 85% of the fat from the peanuts. The oil is squeezed out of roasted peanuts and what remains is their famous powdered peanut butter […]

Cranberry Chicken With Stuffing

Simple Lightweight Trail Recipe I wanted to share a variation of one of my favorite, easy-to-make trail meals – Cranberry Chicken Rice.  I discovered the Cranberry Chicken Rice recipe through Sarah Kirkconnell’s superb trail cooking website (TrailCooking.com) and her Freezer Bag Cooking book, which if you don’t own you should definitely consider getting. My variation […]