Food and nutrition
We tested 40 new energy bars flavors and culled these five top picks.
This small-batch, baked (not dehydrated), Colorado-made protein snack is a cut above the rest.
Yes, it's the journey that counts. But every trip is better with fast, delicious food like this.
Pack and prepare a week's worth of mouth-watering meals.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even desert recipes that are easy and tasty campground meals.
A spicy peanut butter sauce makes this a light spaghetti dish that is excellent either hot or cold.
Boil-in-the-bag rice and beef jerky make this recipe a snap.
Make a double batch of this at home. Have it for dinner with your family then dehydrate half for your next few backpacking trips.
Fuel your day with these energy-packed twists on classic breakfast bowls.
Stock your backcountry pantry for a full season of chowing down on delicious, satisfying, organic (and vegetarian) trail food.
Your body is an engine. It runs on a mix of carbohydrates, fats, and a very small amount of protein. And it's a finely tuned engine, using the best fuel for every need.
How to keep off what you've hiked off.
Your guide to 52 common mistakes hikers make--and how to avoid them.
Try this quick and easy fish recipe.
Take your fire-side fish skills to the next level with this savory salmon recipe.
Switch things up with these twists on the classic treat.
You can bake this yummy treat even at altitude, and you and your mates will be fighting over the last crumbs.
BACKPACKER readers submitted scores of simple, delicious recipes. Here are 21 taste-tested favorites.
For your next backcountry lunch, don't just munch on an energy bar. Try one of these tasty options.
A top-ranked dessert in the 2004 REI/BACKPACKER Camp Cook-Off
May 2000 readers' favorite
March 1982 readers' favorite
First-place entrée winner of the 2004 REI/BACKPACKER Camp Cook-Off
Temper our recipe for Earthworm Patty Supremes with a little Drunken Choc-Berry Fondue. Plus, other recipes and cooking skills.
Doing more (fresh-baked pizza and rumaki hors d'oeuvres) with less (a canister stove and a frying pan) is the essence of backcountry cooking. But when you're stuck without pots, pans, or utensils for more than a week, knowing how to cook and boil water with these four stand-in containers can be a vital, calorie-providing skill.
Everything you need to stay sated in the backcountry.
Add rich, cheesy flair to your backcountry fare.
Wow your campmates with this restaurant-worthy appetizer.
Cheese and beer make this a camp favorite.
A fast, simple way to make silky fondue that's easy to clean
After a long day on the trail, I am in no mood for gourmet slicing and dicing. Here's a delicious, sweet, and savory dish that lets you leave your cutting boards at home.
Batter up for these trail-ready pancakes.
Plan and cook for a group with these time-tested tips.