High-ranking camp meals for satisfying everyone, anywhere.
Liven up the pasta, boost the oatmeal, and up the ante in your meals and trail snacks.
Ready to stop buying freeze-dried meals? Here’s how to prep your own easy, delicious and high-fuel backpacking meals.
When I began my journey of exploring the wilderness, initially I didn’t put much emphasis on meal prep, primarily focusing on the physical activity. During one college summer, I was working as a volunteer for the National Forest Service and my meals consisted mostly of Top Ramen® and Mountain House®. I had a personal stove, which I only used to boil water, and a variety box of Clif Bars® to fill in the gaps. I’m certainly not the first to survive on such a diet, but over the years I have learned to value quality nutrition and I now enjoy real cooking as part of my outdoor experience. These days, I train quite frequently for skiing, climbing, etc., and my body craves more legitimate nutrients. I am also a creature…
Heat-and-eat meals don’t have to be boring or bland.
Motes of ochre and gold cover our shoes. Grains of sand, millennia-old and shaped by wind and water, feel as insubstantial as flour or dust. Yet all around us, we see towers and walls hundreds of feet tall, sculpted into wondrous forms from these same grains. A thousand kilometers to the north the Pyrenees are locked deep into winter mode, ski tourers and mountaineers playing on frozen faces and in deep powder. Here in Andalusia, we’re bathed in bright light, desert heat and cricket chirps. The smells of a desert environment are totally different, judging by Whip the dog’s intense sniffing and tail thumping. He’s static, nose in the air, nostrils flaring as he takes in the scent of wild animals, dust and a million other molecules that we can’t…
These vegetarian camping meals are so tasty, everyone (even the meat-lovers!) will compliment you on your cooking skills and ask for more.
There are physiological and psychological reasons for upping your backcountry bar game. Returning to camp for a hot toddy can be restorative, both mentally and physically.
This dish comes together in a snap and is perfect for those long days on the road when you don’t want to cook, but there’s nothing around and you gotta eat.