Throughout my backcountry and wilderness trips, I’ve been hard pressed to come across a counterpart who isn’t a foodie. We like to adventure, play hard and eat well. Budgeting and selecting foods that you can feasibly backpack with lightly, shove in a kayak or strap on a bike isn’t a chore, it’s exciting and adds an extra element to that kind of travel. When exercising at a high octane level (even though a lot of times it doesn’t seem like exercise) you need high calorie foods that are nutritionally balanced and delicious. Food makes us happy, and sometimes after a long, hard fought slog through the rain or snow demands a tasty pick me up.
A few photographs from gourmet backcountry meals…
Think with your stomach.
If you can, implement local ingredients.
Save your leftovers in a sealable bowl.
And always, have fun out there.
For more information on backcountry recipes and nutrition, consult the NOLS cookery.