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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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Backpacking Recipes: Polenta Mush

Polenta, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Parmesan Cheese

Polenta Mush is an amazingly simple one pot backpacking meal that can be combined with all kinds of different add-ins such as cheese, nuts, dried fruit, spices, dried vegetables, olive oil, butter, honey, maple syrup, or even canned fish to produce a wide variety of breakfast or dinner meals. If …

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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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