Backpacking Food

Recipes, prepared backpacking meal reviews, and tips and tricks for keeping yourself well fed on backpacking and camping trips.

Backpacking Recipes: Mountain Gruel

Mountain Gruel

If you liked the Polenta Mush recipe I published last week, you’ll probably like this one too. Mountain Gruel is another simple, one pot backpacking meal that you can eat as sweet hot cereal or a savory vegetable porridge depending on what ingredients you add to the basic recipe. This gives you …

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Carrying Too Much Food?

Stuffed Food Bags

It’s well known that long distance hikers become eating machines and have to struggle to get enough calories to maintain their body weight on hikes that last for months. But as a section hiker, I rarely have the opportunity to go backpacking for more than 3 or 4 days at …

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Hard Candy

Hard Candy

It’s a hot day and you’ve been piling up the mileage, hiking up one mountain after another. You come to another peak and you are overcome by fatigue and self-doubt. You think, “there’s no way I can make it up this hill. I’m beat.” This still happens to me once …

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3 Day Backpacking Menu

When it comes to backpacking food, aim for variety to keep meal interesting

Here’s a sample 3 day backpacking menu for a 44 mile section hike on the Vermont Appalachian Trail. When planning the contents of my food bag for such trips, there are two primary variables that I juggle: caloric density and variety. Caloric density is the ratio between caloric value and weight. …

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Boil-in-the-bag Backpacking Food

Boil in a Bag Backpacking Food

One of the things that Sarah Kirkconnell, author of Freezer Bag Cooking, has taught me, is not to deprive yourself on the trail. In your quest to lighten your food bag, don't make the mistake I made, which is to package up meals that are nutritional, but so boring that …

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