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Bear Valley Mealpack Bars

Bear Valley Mealpack Bars
Bear Valley Mealpack Bars

A friend of mine recently sent some Bear Valley food bars for me to try out. They come in 4 flavors: Carab-Cocoa Pemmican, Sesame Lemon, Fruit Nut, and Coconut Almond and pack a walloping 400+ calories each, with a caloric density of about 100 calories per oz. I’ve read lots of glowing reviews of these bars from other backpackers and publications, but I think they taste like cardboard. Frankly, I’d give these bars a pass and bring along some extra walnuts on your next hike instead.

Disclosure: The author owns this product and received it as a gift from a personal friend.

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  1. I've eaten these bars for more than 20 years my favorite being the Fruit Nut,and still love them!

    On my last section hike of the PCT I ate these bars exclusively for Lunch for 6 days and was never disappointed in the way my body accepted them and used up their calories..I just made sure I varied the flavors so I did not get tired of eating the same thing day after day which so many young hikers on the PCT make the mistake of doing with those instant salt/soup/noodle packaged stuff.

    They go well with Liptons Orange Pekoe Tea, or as I prefer now, a 100% White Tea with Orange Blossoms,Mmmmmm loaded with anti-oxidents and other good stuff, $18 for 50 round tea bags. That is expensive but the leaves are very rare only available for picking two days out of the entire year…

    I'm old enough to remember the real Pemmican Cakes they sold at L.L.Bean and they weren't half as bad, but you had to like Bacon tasting burps a lot.. I sure miss Kendall's mint Cakes as well..Satisfied that sweet tooth every time..Can only get them overseas now I believe. REI used to carry them years ago.. I carried the same Cake for almost two years before I ate it all up..

    This story reminds me, I gotta buy some for my next section hike on the Pinhoti Trail,,thanks for writing the story…

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