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Test Kitchen: Nuts

Protein-packed and calorie-dense, nuts are a classic backpackers' superfood. We taste-tested 96 spreads, mixes, and bars to bring you the healthiest (and tastiest) options for the trail.

Electrolyte Replacements

Salts and other electrolytes help regulate cell function and nerve impulses, so when you sweat them out, you need to replace them. From Grand Gulch to the Grand Canyon, we tested 27 different gels, powders, and chews - and found the best ways to stay charged this summer.

Backpacker-Friendly Noodles

Noodles are easy-prep crowd pleasers. Learn about the trail-worthiest types and cooking methods.

Gear Guide 2013: Kitchen Gear

Cook better - use the best tools.

Dinner Party: Cooking for a Group

Plan and cook for a group with these time-tested tips.

Recipes: 4 One-Pot Stews

Don't settle for a hunk of ice-hard jerky when the mercury plummets. A hard day of winter hiking or snowshoeing should be followed with a piping-hot stew.

Slice and Dice: Build Your Own Cutting Board

Follow this reader tip to custom-build your own backcountry cutting board.

Reader Tips: Big Burn

Need to start a fire fast? Try a flammable cupcake.

Leave No Trace Principles

On the trail and at the campsite, there's plenty you can do to leave nature...natural.

Gear: Accessories

From water purifiers to first-aid kits, these accessories are also essentials.

Flavor In a Flash: Ultralight Spice Kit

Enhance bland backpacking food with an ultralight spice kit including everything from curry to soy sauce.

Stove Review: GSI Ceramic Grill

The perfect grill for your next car camping trip

Cookset Review: Brunton IB

An aluminum cookset that's light in your pack and on your wallet.

Backpacking Recipe: Rum and Black Bean Soup

Enjoy this hardy and healthy Mexican soup at home or in camp

Stove Review: Jetboil GCS

A revolutionary stove-and-pot set that'll cramp your prep time with super-fast boils.

Stove Review: Vargo Jet-ti

A compact, superlight canister stove to call your own.

Cookset Review: Brunton IB Cookset

A cookset that will be your new ultralight favorite

Dessert Recipes: Beyond The S'More

Make your romantic weekend in the backcountry extra special by inventing your own dessert. Use these versatile starters from your pantry: piecrusts, pudding, and maple syrup.

Dessert Recipes: Sweets For Your Sweet

Sweeten up your next overnight trip with any of these 4 dessert recipes

Freshen Up: Fruits and Vegetables on the Trail

Liven up camp fare with these 35 natural foods.

Cooking Review: Flatworld Orikaso Dish

Multi-use cookware fit for gear geeks, geniuses, or anyone willing to sacrifice soup for space.

Cooking Review: Splurge on a Spoon?

Two editors debate whether one stainless steel spoon beats many (much lighter) free ones.

Cookware Review: Evernew Slick Non-Stick Titanium Cookware

Your ultralight kitchen is now complete

Gear Reviews: Editors' Choice 2005

New Zealand is pretty to look at, but harsh on gear--making it just what we needed for our Kiwi challenge.

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