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Garden to Glass Cocktails

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The 5 Best Flasks for Camping and Backpacking

Celebrate the outdoors with a swig from your trusted backcountry flask. We assembled our favorite portable beverage containers and included a suggested drink pairing.  The three determining factors to select the best flasks were made based on: Durability Weight Leak-proof capabilities These are the 5 best flasks for camping and backpacking listed by price: Snow […]

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5 Outdoor Gifts to Say “I’m Sorry”

Did you forget an anniversary? Miss a birthday? Or do something extremely dumb?!? Nothing says “please stop being mad at me” like presents! Here are 5 extraordinary gift ideas for your adventure-minded better half. Hurry and purchase so you don’t end up in the doghouse again! “I’m sorry” gift ideas: Adventurous gift: A 2-person down […]

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Culinary Travel: Probiotics

Worried about diarrhea when traveling? Experiencing irregularity on the trail?  Feel better, many people struggle with these same issues, just like you!  Combat digestive problems with travel safe probiotics. What are probiotics For those unfamiliar with probiotics, they are live bacteria that may help neutralize irregularities in your digestive system.  According to the World Health […]

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Best Outdoor Cooking Gifts

What do you give the outdoor enthusiast who already has everything? Wilderness culinary essentials! Give the gift of an elevated dining experience with products invented for rugged, outdoor use. These are our favorite camp and trail cooking products: Camping Yeti Cooler – Yeti coolers can hold ice for up to 7 days! No matter where the adventure […]

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Vietnamese Sandwich – Backcountry Banh Mi

Join the movement and get hooked on “Banh Mi”, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich made with french bread, meat, pickled vegetables, fresh herbs and Asian bbq sauce.  Don’t eat the same boring sandwich when you travel, try our wildness inspired version of Backcountry Banh Mi. Easy Banh Mi recipe Banh Mi are surprisingly easy to assemble, […]

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Easy Bacon Mac and Cheese

One of the biggest complaints we hear about Mac and Cheese is that it makes a really big mess, and its tough to clean in the backcountry.  We came up with an ultralight mac and cheese that is easy to make, and easy to clean.  Plus, there’s bacon…enough said!  Read on and get the recipe […]

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Backcountry Bartender Hacks

Do you schlep a bag of wine in your pack?  How about a flask filled with your favorite spirit?  Or perhaps you’re the type who goes big and carries the entire 24 pack of beer.  These are the best ways to consume adult beverages in the wilderness, along with our favorite backcountry bartending recipes. How […]

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Backcountry Sangria

A sangria is an alcoholic beverage with combinations of wine, fruit, citrus and spices.  This mediterranean cocktail has bold flavors and is very easy to make.  Since its not uncommon to find groups of backpackers carrying bags of wine (the bladder inside a box of wine), we invented a backcountry version of one of our […]

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Cook authentic BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches on a basic backcountry stove.  Our recipe for Pulled Pork features a popular Asian snack, “pork sung”.  The flavors are incredible, and the weight is minimal, making this a must pack for distance trips.  We invented the lightest, easiest, tastiest pulled pork sandwich recipe, find out how to bring […]

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Sour Patch Sour Cocktail

THE SOUR COCKTAIL A “sour” is a combination of spirit, citrus and sugar.  This recipe is the foundation for hundreds of different cocktails, with some of the most popular being a daiquiri, margarita, lemon drop, and whiskey sour.  The sour recipe is typically: 2 oz spirit, 3/4 oz citrus and 3/4 oz simple sugar shaken, […]

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Hot Toddy Cold Remedy

Hot Toddys are cold fighting powerhouses!  This soothing outdoor elixir is a natural cold remedy invented to compliment your expedition.  Check out our twist on the toddy featuring vitamin C filled foraged pine needles. What is a hot toddy The toddy is a hot cocktail made with spirit, water, citrus, honey and spices.  This drink […]

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Signature Cocktails: Drinks Inspired by Travel

Collecting spices from foreign markets is a creative way to infuse exotic flavors into traditional cocktails. Capture the smells and spices from your travels with craft beverages. Re-live your vacation with a cocktail that invigorates your sense of adventure. What are craft cocktails What sets a craft cocktail apart from an ordinary drink is fresh ingredients […]

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Culinary Travel: Street Food

Eating street food is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in an exotic culture.  Traditional dishes represent local history and often feature ingredients that are indicative to a particular region.  These are our tips for embarking on a street food culinary adventure. How to find safe street food What is the best way to find […]

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Simple Solar Oven Recipes

Solar is a fantastic cooking option for big flavors and healthy ingredients.  Looking for a hassle-free meal made with all natural energy? Check out our Solar Sesame Bread and Hearty Miso Soup made on a Solavore Sport portable solar oven. How to cook solar Solar ovens capture the sun’s free and abundant energy to create […]

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Best Beach Snacks

What are the best snacks to bring for a day spent enjoying the beach?  If you’re looking for delicious snacks that pair well with sun and fun, check out our top 5 favorite beach foods: Healthy Asian Spring Rolls A typical Vietnamese Spring Roll consists of rice noodles, shrimp, pork and fresh herbs wrapped inside a thin […]

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PopUp Dinners

Immerse yourself in the wilderness for a culinary experience unlike anything else.  Join us for our PopUp outdoor dinners.  Learn how to cook nutritious, backcountry inspired meals on portable stoves using pack friendly ingredients.  Everything tastes better outside, so sign up and eat civilized, miles from civilization! What is PopUp Dining? PopUps are a growing […]

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Wilderness Charcuterie Plate

Share an adventure, share a meal with Wilderness Charcuterie Boards.  Charcuterie (shahr-cute-uh-ree), French for smoked, dry-cured or cooked meats, is a perfect vessel for classing up an outdoor dining experience without having to cook. How to Assemble a meat and cheese plate The best foods to use for wilderness charcuterie plates have long shelf-lives and maintain freshness […]

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Tailgating on a Budget

Attending festivals and sporting events can become expensive quickly.  Tickets, travel, lodging, food, drinks…everything adds up.  If you’re looking for ways to cut a few corners and pinch a few pennies this recipe for Hot Pizza Sandwiches is going to be right up your alley!  Save money and enjoy a  great meal at your next festival or […]

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Boat Breakfast Burritos

Have you ever made breakfast burritos on a boat’s dashboard? If you’re spending time on a boat this summer, this is a must try recipe!  Use a boat’s dash board to make breakfast burritos by simply placing cooked eggs and tortilla on the hot dash. How to cook on a boat A boats dash board is a consistently […]

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Healthy Hiking Veggie Salad

A fresh salad may not be a traditional hiking snack, but you will be surprised how beneficial salads can be to your body’s wellness and recovery.  Find out why our Healthy Hiking Salad is the perfect adventure snack. Hiking salad benefits Eating raw vegetables is a great way to replenish vitamins and minerals that are […]

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Tropical Fruit Crumble Recipe

Healthy group dessert Tropical Fruit Crumble is essentially a fancy and more elaborate version of oatmeal that is easy to share and great for feeding a big group.  All you have to do to make this dessert is: Boil Water Soak dried tropical fruit Add oats and dry seasoning Cook on low for 5 minutes […]

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Bourbon Buffalo Stew

Bourbon Buffalo Stew is a hearty one pot meal made to feed a big group – without a big pot!  Our recipe is a unique approach to saving fuel and providing individual personalization for each serving.  Get the recipe below, and find out why Bourbon Buffalo Stew is a must try for your next group […]

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Ziplock Pickled Vegetables

Packing fresh ingredients on long trips can be difficult since most fruits and vegetables spoil quickly or are too heavy to carry. Preserve your perishables with ziplock pickling.  Pickling is a method of preservation by filling a vegetable with acidity, which discourages the growth of bacteria. HOW TO PICKLE VEGETABLES Trail pickling might sound like a wild […]

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5 Easy Camping Meals

Lets face it, camping is a lot of work. After getting everything set up and a fire going, the last thing you want to do is worry about making a complicated meal.  Fortunately, we have 5 easy to make camping meals that taste fantastic and are easy to prep, cook, and clean. Camp Cooking The key to […]

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Solar Cooking

Have you ever considered using a solar oven to make a meal?  Solar cooking is incredibly easy, and its a fantastic fuel free alternative to a propane stove or fire.  A meal cooked with a solar oven is often a one pot dish that is slow cooked in a reflective device that captures the heat of […]

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Backcountry Cold Brew Coffee

Have you ever complained about not getting good coffee in the backcountry?  You’re not alone, bad adventure coffee is a common problem, which is exactly why we discovered the ultimate solution: Backcountry Cold Brew Coffee! Mornings on the trail can be hectic.  You’re anxious to get an early start to your day, and the last […]

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Sea to Summit X-Series

Backcountry cookware can be cumbersome and difficult to pack, fortunately Sea to Summit came up with a smart solution: the X-Series!  Their line of collapsable pots, pans, kettles, plates, and cups are easy to store and easy to clean.  With a variety of sizes you’re sure to find at least one piece in this collection that […]

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Outdoor Enchiladas

Bring a fiesta into the backcountry with this easy to make recipe for Enchiladas Verde!  The ingredients are pack friendly and will last many days without refrigeration. Outdoor enchiladas? Enchiladas are tortillas wrapped around a savory filling, that is topped with sauce and then baked.  This traditional Mexican food can be filled with a variety of […]

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Beach Ceviche

Make your next trip to the beach delicious with easy to make Ceviche.  This is a great recipe for anglers, beach goers, and there is even a backcountry version listed below for long distance trail sports.  Watch how we make Ceviche at the beach using fresh fish and shrimp, and save our recipe below for a […]

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Welcome to Adventure Dining Guide

Are you tired of ‘settling’ for something to eat?  Enhance your wilderness experience with adventure friendly meals packed with trail nutrition.  Let Adventure Dining Guide be your go-to when it comes to meal planning! What is Adventure Dining Guide? Packing trail food is an art!  There are many things that are easy to forget, and […]

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High Altitude Cooking

Cooking above the tree line can be a challenging endeavor if you’re not prepared.  Above 10,000 feet the environment drastically changes, which has direct results on water availability and a stove’s performance. Fortunately we have a high alpine recipe that was invented by Lake Tahoe mountain man Chris Cloyd.  Chris is an avid snowboarder, mountain climber and […]

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Green Goo All Natural Skin Care

Spending time in the great outdoors causes skin to become exposed to extreme elements.  Its easy to forget to pack protection essentials such as sunscreen and first aid creams.  Fortunately, the good people at Green Goo have developed an all natural line of first aid and skin care that is packaged in backcountry and travel friendly […]

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Mountain Top Meal

Standing on top of a mountain’s peak is a magical experience, but it can also be a dangerous place if you are not prepared.  The summit leaves us exposed to more wind, more cold, and less oxygen. Lets not forget that getting to the top is an endeavor that causes exhaustion and dehydration. Rejuvenate your body while enjoying […]

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Adventure Sports Podcast feat. ADG

Adventure Dining Guide’s Michelle Shea was interviewed by The Adventure Sports Podcast!  Follow the link below to download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-244-how-to-eat-great-while-on-your-next-adventure/id972403908?i=1000381142530&mt=2 “Michelle Shea joins us today to help solve one of adventures BIGGEST problems; what to eat in the woods. Michelle knows first-hand from her many adventures how challenging it can be to enjoy tasty […]

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Top 5 Ultralight Snacks

Do you carry snacks in your wallet? Why not!?! If your wallet travels everywhere with you, shouldn’t you be prepared just in case?  What happens if you decide to go on a hike, or if you’re stuck waiting for a table at a busy restaurant and you need a little something to tie you over? […]

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Easy Meal Planning

Packing food for an outdoor excursion can be a daunting task.  Often times meal planning becomes a last minute thought, and people simply “grab something” and hit the road.  Don’t feel overwhelmed the next time your meal planning, follow these tips to quickly narrow down your options: How to pack food for a trip First ask […]

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Superfood Chocolate Dessert

Finding something sweet that is semi-healthy can be extremely difficult, especially when you are traveling.  There has to be a better way!  Superfood Chocolate Dessert is a healthy alternative to convenient junk foods.  The main ingredient is a nutrient and omega rich avocado, accompanied by seeds, walnuts, goji berries, and some flavor heavy powders.  This easy […]

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5 Healthy Hiking Snacks

Did you know that hiking with a pack works every major muscle group in your body?  In addition to getting a cardio and muscular workout, hiking is great for mental health and overall wellbeing.  Hiking is one of the least expensive and easiest outdoor activities to participate in, all you need is comfortable footwear and a pack […]

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Outdoor Holiday Dinner

Get outside this holiday season and enjoy a Thanksgiving backpacking dinner.  Our one pot holiday meal is lightweight, quick cooking, and filled with authentic flavors.  Start a new tradition and spend more time outside this season! Backpacking Thanksgiving recipe What makes Thanksgiving dinner so special is the variety of foods that come together on the […]

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Asian Peanut Noodles & Pickled Slaw

We invented a lightweight Asian Noodles that is quick and easy to prepare, and costs a mere $1.40 per serving.  This versatile recipe can be made on a one pot stove, or no cook. Easy backcountry meal Store bought dehydrated meals for wilderness travel are a staple for many outdoor expeditions.  Unfortunately, paying $4-$12 per […]

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Camping Sushi Hand Rolls

Can you make sushi in the great outdoors?  Absolutely!  Hand rolls are easy to assemble, healthy and lightweight.  Make your next adventure a lavish excursion with these Japanese Camping Hand Rolls. Backcountry sushi hand rolls When it comes to spending time in the great outdoors, some people are almost impossible to please.  You know the type, […]

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Top 5 Boat Snacks

Ahoy! When it comes to packing for a day on the water, do you ever find yourself perplexed about which foods to bring aboard a boat?  Look no further, these are our top 5 snacks for a day of boating. Best snacks to bring on a boat Boat snacks can be tricky because you don’t want […]

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Hiking With Dogs

Traveling with a dog in the wilderness?  Like people, dogs need specialized nutrition on the trail.  We want to make sure your pet stays safe and eats proper, so we assembled a list of important things to take into consideration when traveling with a dog in the backcountry. Dog nutrition For a full day of […]

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Backpacking Group Dinner

Cooking for a group in the backcountry is challenging, which is why we came up with Turmeric Couscous, an easy to make meal that feeds a tired group with sore muscles.  Our Turmeric Couscous dinner is a one pot meal with unforgettable flavors.  Make this dish a part of your next big adventure…. Healthy group recipe For […]

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Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast on the trail can be one of the most difficult meals to plan, especially when traveling with a group.  Try making On-the-go breakfast cookies at home and pack them for a healthy trail breakfast.  Unlike many energy bars, these cookies are very low in sugar and have slow burning ingredients that provide a constant […]

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Bug Free BBQ

Keep bugs away from the BBQ Did you know that lemongrass contains citronella, which is a natural oil that repels mosquitoes?  As lemongrass warms it releases these oils into the air.  Instead of spraying pesticides into the the food you are cooking, try our Lemongrass Skewers with Thai Dipping Sauce. What is lemongrass? Lemongrass is a […]

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Decadent Healthy Truffles

What do you do when you crave something sweet, but you are watching what you eat? Whip up a batch of gourmet truffle bites featuring four simple and healthy ingredients. Banana Peanut Butter Bites are a well balanced treat developed to provide sustained energy without compromising big flavors.  Oh, and did we mention are bites are […]

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Healthy Asian Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls consist of rice noodles, shrimp, pork and fresh herbs wrapped inside a thin rice paper, which when rolled looks like a mini-burrito or a clear egg roll.  You might be surprised to learn that Spring Rolls are a healthy snack that can help you stay hydrated when you are out on the trail. […]

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Best Foods Along Spain’s Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago, aka The Way of St James, could be re-named El Camino de Comida, the road of food. This 500-mile trail is the perfect way to taste the various cuisines of Northern Spain. Enjoy your culinary journey with our tips for dining along this world famous route: What is food like on […]

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Camping Bloody Mary Recipe

How to make a Bloody Mary The Bloody Mary is a tomato based cocktail that is the perfect excuse for infusing nutrients with alcohol at any time of the day.  We invented a dehydrated Bloody Mary with a base that can also be used for sauces, soups and dips. To make this beverage outdoors, combine […]

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On-The-Go Savory Trail Pancakes

Who has time to sit down, eat, and clean dishes when you have an adventure to get started?  Our “Pack Cake” Pancakes are a hearty breakfast made for people on the go. Grab and go breakfast pancakes  Kick-start your action packed day with a convenient meal.  Pancakes are an easy to make, easy to customize […]

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Healthy Vegetarian Couscous

Trail Maven’s CEO and Chief Maven, Sasha Cox, knows what goes into making a great meal in the backcountry.  Sasha leads groups of dynamic women on camping and hiking adventures throughout California’s wilderness. On Trail Mavens trips Sasha empowers “urban women” by teaching basic camping and backcountry survival skills, and of course, she also teaches the culinary art of […]

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Top 5 Ways to Cook with a Backcountry Shovel

Many alpine adventurers carry an avalanche shovel in their pack, but few realize that shovels are very handy cooking tools.  There’s no need to carry extra tools for cooking on a backcountry fire, your shovel does it all.  These are the top 5 reasons why you should get cooking with your snow shovel. #1: Use an avalanche shovel […]

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Pacific Crest Trail Food

In 2015 Justin “Trauma” Lichter and Shawn “Pepper” Forrey became the fist two people to successfully complete a winter thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT.  This is an incredible feat to achieve, especially since the previous people who tried passed away.  Despite bad conditions and suffering through frostbite injuries, Trauma and Pepper reached the […]

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Leave No Trace Cooking

The Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts, as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts.  Anyone who spends time in the wilderness is at risk of damaging the delicate nature that surrounds them, which is why […]

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Wilderness Diet & Nutrition Tips

Nutrition in the backcountry means supplementing your body with the right foods to support speed, dexterity, mental clarity, strength and endurance.  This is an overview of several great resources to help you prepare for you next trip in the wilderness. How to calculate calories Knowing the amount of energy your body needs to participate in any […]

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Camping on a Budget | Pesto Tortellini

College students know how to stretch a dollar, which is exactly why we met up with Richard Orth from BakPocket Hammocks.  Rich is an entrepreneur, college student, and avid outdoorsman who is adamant about eating good food in the backcountry.  According to Rich, “just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean you have to compromise taste and comfort when […]

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Surf N Turf Sandwich

For multiple day backpacking trips bring lightweight foods with a long shelf life.  Surf N Turf style Pita sandwiches are a hearty backcountry lunch made to withstand the journey.  They feature pack friendly ingredients that can can last up to 7 days unrefrigerated.  Plus, Surf N Turf Pitas are heavy on nutrition and big flavors. Long Distance Pita Sandwich […]

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No Cook Tacos

Looking for a simple easy to make meal thats packed with familiar flavors? Check out these No Cook Tacos featuring jerky.  No cook is a simple style of eating that is frequently used by distance travelers who are seeking ways to save time and shed weight.  If you’re looking for a quick meal or a […]

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Homemade Energy Gel

What is energy gel Goos and gels are portable gelatinous substances created to fuel athletes on the go.  Most energy gels are glucose with carbohydrates formulated to give a quick burst of energy from sugar, accompanied by long lasting boost from carbohydrates.  And gels are easy to inhale and quick to digest.  Many athletes participating in long distance activities rely on […]

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Cold Weather Camping Recipe

Warm up with this easy recipe for One Pot Broccoli Tuna Casserole.  Ingredients featured in this dish can help increase body heat, which is optimal when spending time outdoors in cold weather.  Bundle up with our backcountry twist on an American classic. Can food help you stay warm? Foods that contain more fat, protein, and carbohydrates […]

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Lightweight Spinach Pasta Recipe

When unprotected foods are exposed to extreme desert heats, the quality and safety of many fresh ingredients quickly becomes compromised.  Foods left in warm areas are more susceptible to food borne illnesses, as many bacterias live an thrive when heated between 41°F and 140°F.  To combat these concerns we threw a few staple backcountry ingredients […]

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Damper: Australian Campfire Bread Recipe

Damper, a campfire bread, is an iconic Australian side dish.  Our easy to make recipe features customized suggestions, making Damper the perfect camp food to share with all your mates. What is Damper? Damper is an Australian bread that is cooked over hot coals in a fire pit or stove.  Traditionally this bread was made with wheat flour, water […]

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Biking the Continental Divide

The Great Divide Route (GDR) is one of America’s premiere thru routes starting in Banff, Canada and ending 2753.9 miles later at the US/Mexico border.  This expansive network of off-road trails follows the Continental Divide, and is considered one of the most challenging bike routes in the country. Biking the Great Divide is no easy […]

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Trail Bar Recipes

Have you ever considered transforming a trail bar into to a meal?  Eating trail bars for days upon end can get boring, so we invented 3 exciting recipes to elevate your bar with popular backcountry ingredients. What is a trail bar A trail bar is a supplemental bar for those who need a quick meal but only have time […]

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Campfire Orange Brownies

Campfire Orange Brownies are sure to be the hit of your next camping trip or backyard bonfire party. The flavors from the orange peel melt into the moist, chocolate brownie to create the perfect individually portioned dessert.  And the best part, no dishes, and no mess to clean afterwards. Easy campfire orange brownies The challenge with making campfire […]

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Campfire Foil Packs

What are campfire foil packs? Campfire aluminum foil packs, Hobo Hot Pockets, Turtles, Tin Foil Dinners…there are numerous names and even more recipe variations to this classic campfire favorite.  Foil packs are meals wrapped in aluminum foil and cooked over an open flame.  The benefit to this style of cooking is simplicity.  With everything wrapped inside a […]

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Spiked Hot Chocolate

Did you know that vodka is a backcountry multi-tool?!  The best way to save pack weight in the outdoors is to bring supplies that serve multiple purposes.  Believe it or not, but vodka has many uses that could make your next adventure surprisingly versatile.  Our boozy hot chocolate recipe, invented by professional bartender Heather Stinson, […]

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Hot Spring Dinner

Let a hot spring take care of all your cooking with this easy recipe!  Hot springs have hot pockets and steam pools, which you can use to make a relaxing no cook dinner.  Find a vent or the heat source and use the heat to warm a pre-cooked meal sold in an air-tight sealed pouch. Re-heating […]

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Backpacking Trail Tacos Recipe

Making tacos on the trail is a lot easier than you might think thanks to Chef Brian Robinson, head chef of the Sierra Club’s Clair Tappaan Lodge in Lake Tahoe, CA.  His recipe for authentic, restaurant style tacos in the backcountry is as close to a mexican cantina that you can get in a remote backcountry hut. What to […]

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