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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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Using TVP in Freezer Bag Cooking Recipes

Textured_vegetable_protein

Textured Vegetable Protein, known as TVP, is an excellent meat substitute that appears in many backpacking recipes because it is extremely lightweight and easy to prepare. It's also a great addition to homemade freezer bag meals because of it's nutritional value and long shelf life. TVP is available as a …

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Easy Backpacking Coffee Options

Tasters Choice Instant

A lot of backpackers really like having coffee in the morning. In fact, I have friends who are so fanatical about it that they roast there own coffee at home and bring coffee presses to make it on the trail. I like hiking with them because they're willing to carry …

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Snickers with Caffeine?

Snickers with Caffene

Snickers are a great trail food. They're easy to find if you're in town doing a resupply and they stand up pretty well in a hot food bag. They also contain a good mix of sugar and nuts that will give you a quick boost and then last a while. …

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Good Trail Food: Olive Oil

Olive Oil

I'm traveling this week and just got back from a fantastic dinner at Carmines, and excellent Italian restaurant on Rush Street in Chicago. Incredible food. I had an appetizer tonight that I have been planning to bring on my next section hike on the Long Trail: olive oil with good …

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Probars – My Secret Vice

Munching on a Superfood Slam PROBAR while climbing Mt Madison, NH

I’ve become hooked on Probars. Those of you who read my post Powerbar Bakeoff will be amused because I now like them more than Amish powerbars. It was an accident, I swear! In order to do a fair evaluation of Probars, I ordered a dozen from Baker’s Box. They sell …

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Powerbar Bake-off

Olympia Granola Bar Man

Backpacking food can be really expensive if you buy commercially packaged meals and snacks. Most freeze-dried meals cost $5-8 dollars and powerbars can cost as much as $3.50 each. Your best alternative is to prepare your own meals and snacks or to find prepackaged foods that are easy to cook, …

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