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Nutrition



Recipe: Backcountry Poached Eggs

Elevate your morning with this surprisingly easy technique. Click here for a step-by-step slideshow.

Recipe: Easy No-Bake Cheesecake Sandwiches

"This decadent, creamy dessert was born out of an addiction," says our Trail Chef. "I couldn't bear a backpacking trip without cheesecake." This crowd-pleaser requires no cooking and is super-easy to make. Click here to see a step-by-step slideshow.

Raising the Bar: Best Energy Bars for Backpackers

We tested 40 new energy bars flavors and culled these five top picks.

Editors' Choice 2013 Gold Award: Snow Peak Titanium Double Wall 450 Mug

Drink from the sweetest camp cup on the planet.

Editors' Choice 2013: Adventure Appetites Reindeer Gouda Scramble Wrap

This breakfast is so good, you'll forget it's camp food.

Editors' Choice 2013: Sweetwood Cattle Company Beef Jerky

This small-batch, baked (not dehydrated), Colorado-made protein snack is a cut above the rest.

Easy-as-Pie Backcountry Chocolate

Need some inspiration for killing a serious backcountry chocolate craving? Look no farther, you've clicked into a chocoholic's dream.

Expert Panel: Instant Upgrades



Cooking Backcountry Eggs

Don't be afraid of cooking this superfood in the backcountry.

Camp Friendly Cheese

Jimmy Kennedy of Cabot Cheese shares four scrumptious camp-friendly, cheese-centric delicacies that will surely satisfy. Plus: Watch our how-to video about making a cheese wax candle.

Expert Panel: Instant Upgrades

We asked a few of our favorite pros how to fix some common backcountry annoyances

Test Kitchen: Salami

We sampled 50 jerkies, salamis, and summer sausages to find the tastiest and longest-lasting. Here’s how to choose, use, and make trail-worthy meats.

Expert Panel: Instant Upgrades



Recipes: Cooking with Salami

Try these camp-friendly breakfast recipes using summer sausage and salami. They're delicious ways to add protein to your trail menu--and finish an opened serving of sausage before it begins to spoil.

Gear Guide 2012: Food - Trail Bars

Snack smarter and pack a variety of energy bars to get the right boost at the right moment for optimal on-trail performance.

Gear Guide 2012: Food - Drinks

From a morning cup of joe to easy-sipping fireside nightcaps, here are our staff’s most-requested trail beverages.

Gear Guide 2012: Food - Dessert

Sweet treats to close a campside meal--and help you recoup after an energy-zapping hiking day.

Gear Guide 2012: Food - Dinner

Hunger-sating (and quick to prepare) meals to cap off a long day on the trail.

Gear Guide 2012: Food - Lunch & Snacks

Grab these quick-fix and fast-fueling trail meals on the go.

Gear Guide 2012: Food - Breakfast

Start your day with these tester-favorite and camp-ready breakfasts.

Gear Guide 2012: Food

Fuel more trail miles with our favorite new packable meals.

Editors' Choice 2012: Hungry Hikers Murray's Hurried Curry

Yes, it's the journey that counts. But every trip is better with fast, delicious food like this.

Adventure Upgrade: Cook Like a Pro

Pack and prepare a week's worth of mouth-watering meals.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook: Become a Backcountry Batali

Serve a 5-star meal that matches the scenery.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook

Tired of the same old weekend loops? Looking to create memories your grandkids will talk about? In this how-and-where guide, we serve up 15 extraordinary escapes that will shatter your expectations of "normal." From adventure moviemaking to canyoneering, we'll take you places you've never been—but will long to visit again soon.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Nutty Stews

With a fatty boost of peanut butter, these savory soups fuel cold-weather trips.

Recipe: Smoky PB Chicken Chili

Peanut butter is the secret ingredient to this smoky chili

Recipe: Pumpkin Peanut Soup

A can of pumpkin makes for an interesting trail soup

Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Oliso PRO VS97A Vacuum Sealer

A perfect splurge gift for the foodie on your list

Ski Strong: Stay Fueled

Conquer cold with proactive hydration and calorie-packed nutrition.

Recipe Upgrades

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even desert recipes that are easy and tasty campground meals.

Recipe: Five Ponds Fajitas

Grab some dehydrated veggies, a little salsa, and some beef jerky for these tasty Fajitas.

Backcountry Cooking Tips

Three backcountry cooking tips that will guarantee easy and tasty meals

Recipe: Mud, Dirt, and Worms

Your favorite desert as a kid goes trail-side.

Recipe: Mom's Carlsbad Spread



Recipe: Shredded Rice Salad

Some quick-cooking rice and a handful of vegetables makes this a healthy trail lunch.

Recipe: Mexican Chili Mac 'n' Queso

A bit of frozen chorizo extends your backcountry options.

Recipe: Backcountry Pizza

If you're camping with kids, this pizza is a must make.

Recipe: Gado-gado Spaghetti

A spicy peanut butter sauce makes this a light spaghetti dish that is excellent either hot or cold.

Recipe: Cashew Beef Curry

Boil-in-the-bag rice and beef jerky make this recipe a snap.

Recipe: American Chop Suey

Make a double batch of this at home. Have it for dinner with your family then dehydrate half for your next few backpacking trips.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Desserts

Fast-and-easy desserts for the trail.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Lunches/Snacks

Knock off more miles after a tasty trail-side lunch.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Breakfasts

Fuel a long day on the trail with these tasty breakfasts.

Recipe: Sweet Rice Pudding

Brown rice becomes a yummy desert with this easy recipe.

Recipe: Oatmeal You'll Never Get Sick Of

Think apple pie and lime cranberry flavors!

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Fall Desserts

Enjoy comfort sweets that complement any autumn campfire meal.

Recipe: Butternut Squash and Honey Apple Cakes

Get a hearty dose of fruit and vegetables right on the trail.

Recipe: Insta-Pumpkin Pie

Bring a little Thanksgiving right to the trail with this easy backcountry pie recipe.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Hot Cereals

Fuel your day with these energy-packed twists on classic breakfast bowls.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Thai Food

Pack your collapsible chopsticks and dig into this delicious Asian cuisine.

Recipe: Trailside Summer Rolls with Tangy Satay Sauce

Get a dose of veggies on the trail with these DIY summer rolls.

Recipe: Spicy Peanut Noodles

Protein-rich and flavor-packed noodles for the trail.

51 Summer Camping Secrets

Maximize fun and minimize hassle with these essential tips on comfort, safety, cooking, and finding solitude during the high season.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Stew Recipes

Warm your belly with these hearty dishes.

Recipe: Farmer's Mash

For a hearty vegetable stew, make this easy Farmer's Mash recipe in less than 10 minutes.

Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie

This gourmet chicken pot pie is an easy recipe for a warm and filling backcountry dinner.

Gear Review: Mary Janes Farm High Attitude Six Pack (Bulk Dehydrated Food)

Stock your backcountry pantry for a full season of chowing down on delicious, satisfying, organic (and vegetarian) trail food.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Coco-Zen Truffles To-Go

Portable and delicious chocolate truffles

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Equal Exchange Organic Spicy Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa, with the emphasis on "hot"

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Packit Gourmet Trail Meals & Baking Set

Eat well without all the fuss with these prepackaged camp meals

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Coghlan's Multi-Spice Shaker

Improve the taste of any meal

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Snack This Veggie Medley

Grab your veggies on the go

Trail Chef: No-Cook Oatmeal

Everyone's favorite breakfast staple doesn't necessarily require a stove.

Gear Review: Pre-packaged Desserts

Follow a day of hiking with one of these yummy desserts.

Gear Review: Pre-packaged Dinners

You won't go hungry with these backcountry dinners.

Gear Review: Pre-packaged Lunches & Snacks

Easy-to-eat lunches and snacks that actually taste good.

Gear Review: Pre-packaged Breakfasts

Oatmeal, granola, and eggs–backcountry style.

Gear Review: Handpresso Wild

Caffeine in the palm of your hand–no plumbing or plugs required.

Gear Review: Nuun U Natural Hydration Tablets

A subtle way to mask chemically treated water.

Trail Chef: Chefs Mike Faverman and Pat Mac's Mouthwatering Dill Salmon

We review their new recipe book Ultimate Camp Cooking. Plus: their easy-cook Dill Salmon recipe.

Dan's Wild Berry Trout Recipe

Dress up your fresh caught trout with this delicious wild berry compote.

Trail Chef: Tomato Pasta with Spinach-Cheese Sauce

New research shows spinach makes your muscles work more efficiently, so power up with this savory dish.

The Biggest Winner: Why Backpacking Burns Fat

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.

After Burn: Staying in Shape Off-Trail

How to keep off what you've hiked off.

Lighten Up: Losing Weight by Hiking

Make one simple resolution–to hike more –and we guarantee you'll lose that spare tire around the middle. Here's the proof, the plan, and the inspiration.

The Wrong Way: Top 52 Hiker Mistakes

Your guide to 52 common mistakes hikers make--and how to avoid them.

Dirtbag Recipe: Tuna with Olives and Capers

Try this quick and easy fish recipe.

Gourmet Recipe: Grilled King Salmon with Porcini Mushrooms

Take your fire-side fish skills to the next level with this savory salmon recipe.

Trail Chef: Spiced Cocoa Nuts

Add pizzazz to your gorp with this addictive mix.

Trail Chef: GoodBelly ToGo Probiotics Review

Fortify your immune system (and avoid GI distress) in the backcountry with these tasty powder mixes.

Trail Chef: Apple Leathers & Rhubarb Pie Roll-Ups

Why pay a mint for fruity snacks when you can make your own?

Trail Chef: Premium On-the-Go Fuel

Fill the tanks with these 5 new trail snacks.

Trail Chef: Top-Grade Trail Fuel

Fill the tanks with these 6 new on-the-go snacks.

Trail Chef: Top-Grade Trail Fuel

Fill the tanks with these 6 new on-the-go snacks.

Trail Chef: A Brave New S'more

Switch things up with these twists on the classic treat.

Trail Chef: High Country Poppy Seed Cake

You can bake this yummy treat even at altitude, and you and your mates will be fighting over the last crumbs.

Reader Recipes: Easy Pasta & Rice Camp Meals

10 reinventions of trailworn dinner recipes. Plus some easy breakfast and dessert options.

Reader Recipe: Chicken Curry Wrap

Overall top-scorer: This wallet-saver meal is super easy to make but packs dynamite flavor.

Readers' Choice Issue 2011: Reader Recipes

BACKPACKER readers submitted scores of simple, delicious recipes. Here are 21 taste-tested favorites.

Trail Chef: Nutty Rice

Switch things up with this easy twist on a classic staple.

Trail Chef: Backcountry Eggnog

Just because you're 10 miles into the wilderness doesn't mean you should miss out on holiday drinks.

Trail Chef: Wheat Pilaf with Bacon

Fill up with this savory and surprising dish.

Reader Recipe: Creamy Clam Chowder

A hearty, creamy soup that will fill you up in the backcountry.

Reader Recipe: Indonesian Pilaf

Red quinoa adds a nutty kick to savory herbs and veggies

Reader Recipe: Sweet Potato Pizza Pie

Instant sweet potatoes and mini marshmallows make this a unique twist on pizza.

Reader Recipe: Pecan Pancakes with Fruit Compote

These filling flapjacks have a pleasant crunch and natural sweetness.

Reader Recipe: Blueberry Crisp Bars

Take a break from gels with these fruity and peanut-buttery pick-me-ups.

Reader Recipe: No-Bake Cow Chips

Despite their eponymous appearance, these rich cookies taste divine.

Reader Recipe: Warm Apple Crescents

A yummy desert or breakfast cooked over the campfire.

Trail Chef: 4 Hearty Sandwiches

For your next backcountry lunch, don't just munch on an energy bar. Try one of these tasty options.

Recipe: Drunken Choco-Berry Fondue

A top-ranked dessert in the 2004 REI/BACKPACKER Camp Cook-Off

Recipe: Omelette in a Bag

May 2000 readers' favorite

Recipe: Stick Cookies

March 1982 readers' favorite

Recipe: Angry Red Lentil Tortilla Soup

First-place entrée winner of the 2004 REI/BACKPACKER Camp Cook-Off

How to Do Everything - The Master Chef

Temper our recipe for Earthworm Patty Supremes with a little Drunken Choc-Berry Fondue. Plus, other recipes and cooking skills.

Learn the Art of Winter Cooking

The gear, techniques, and recipes you need to whip up five-star meals in cold climes

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Toddy and Wintermint

Warm up with these tasty backcountry winter cocktails!

Four Season Kitchen Tips

Try these 6 kitchen tips, excerpted from BACKPACKER'S new book, Campsite Cooking: Cookware, Cuisine, and Cleaning Up. Plus, cold-weather tips from the pros.

Recipe: Molly's Kickin' Mac and Cheese

Fast, filling, and yummy macaroni and cheese is comfort food wherever you pitch your tent.

Trail Chef: 8 Tips for Making Perfect Pasta

Plus: Pesto Pasta with a Kick recipe

Survival: Famished But With...No Cooking Pots

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.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Backcountry Kitchen Accessories

Everything you need to stay sated in the backcountry.

Gear Review: Packit Gourmet Big Easy Gumbo

Bring a taste of New Orleans with you on your next camping trip with this packaged Gumbo.

Dirtbag/Gourmet Recipes: Fondue

Add rich, cheesy flair to your backcountry fare.

Recipe: Savory Gruyere Fondue

Wow your campmates with this restaurant-worthy appetizer.

Recipe: Beer and Pretzel Fondue Dip

Cheese and beer make this a camp favorite.

Trail Chef: America's Next Titanium Chef

Last call for submissions for the 2011 Readers' Choice Contest! Plus: Three easy recipes for flat trail bread, tortilla sunrise, and a fruit smoothie

Trail Chef: America's Next Titanium Chef

Last call for submissions for the 2011 Readers' Choice Contest! Plus: Three easy recipes for flat trail bread, tortilla sunrise, and a fruit smoothie

Camp Chef Makeovers

Stuck in a ramen rut? Are your camp recipes ultralight but ultra boring? Does your food bag weigh more than you do? Our expert chefs solve these problems and more, with tips, recipes, and gear picks for 10 flood-flummoxed hikers.

Recipe: Tuna Salad with Sprouts

A simple tuna salad gets a nutritional punch with the addition of bean sprouts.

Camp Chef Makeover: Scurvy Guy

If your backpacking menu excludes anything fresh, read on for a few helpful tips.

Recipe: Easy Coconut Curry

Bring some spice to backcountry cooking with this easy, flavorful curry recipe.

Camp Chef Makeover: Mr. Lite, Fast, & Drab

Backcountry cooking doesn't have to mean bland.

Camp Chef Makeover: 7-Eleven Shopper

Fast food leads to fast crashes trailside.

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Pasta

A decadent pasta dish built for the backcountry.

Camp Chef Makeover: Mess Sergeant

Cook for a group...with style.

Recipe: Pepper and Pesto Omelet

Breakfast for two, any time of the day.

Camp Chef Makeover: The Foiled Foodie

Prevent fresh food spoilage on the trail with these tips.

Recipe: Apple-Raisin 'No Freeze' Oatmeal Bars

An easy, year-round homemade snack.

Camp Chef Makeover: The Winter Hiker

Staying warm does require extra calories when hiking in the winter.

Recipe: Cherry Cobbler



Camp Chef Makeover: The Sweets Lover

If you have a sweet tooth, you'll love this on-trail Cherry Cobbler.

Recipe: Smoked Trout with White Wine Sauce

A gourmet meal designed for the backcountry.

Camp Chef Makeover: Mr. Heavyweight

Packing the kitchen for a weekend away? We'll help you pare down.

Recipe: Ginger Garlic Soba

Punch up boring noodles with ginger and garlic.

Camp Chef Makeover: Lady Blah-Blah

Break out of the boring one-pot routine.

Recipe: Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Boost your on-trail protein intake with this tasty dish.

Camp Chef Makeover: The Herbivore

Easy ways to take protein on the trail without involving meat or overly fortified energy bars.

Trail Chef: No-Burn Chocolate Fondue

A fast, simple way to make silky fondue that's easy to clean

Trail Chef: Crazy-Easy Craisin Chicken

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.

Dirtbag/Gourmet Recipes: Tacos

Fill up on these protein-rich meals.

Recipe: Colombian Arepas

This gourmet dish combines dehydrated ground beef, fresh cherry tomatoes, and arepa flour for a protein-filled meal.

Recipe: Chicken Guaco-Tacos

Chicken, cheese, and avocado–what more do you need?

Dirtbag/Gourmet Recipes: Curry

Spice up your backcountry menu with this flavorful and satisfying Asian staple.

Recipe: Mango Curry with Rice and Lentils

In 20 minutes, you can have Asian in the backcountry.

Recipe: Thai Red Curry Noodles with Soy Nuts

Spice up ramen noodles with this easy Thai dish.

Camp Chores: Doing Dishes

Just like at home, there's clean-up to do after every meal in the backcountry. Here's how to get your dishes clean.

Gear Review: Packit Gourmet Cheesecakes

Suffer no more: instant cheesecake for the backcountry.

Gear Reviews: Packaged Breakfast, Snacks, & Dinners

Your pre-trip shopping just got a whole lot easier.

Gear Review: Packaged Dinners

Take the hassle out of menu planning with these fast meals.

Gear Review: Yummy Camp Snacks

Cheese spread, bars, drinks, trail mixes–there's more variety than ever in trail snacks.

Gear Review: Fast Camp Breakfasts

Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, don't leave camp without inhaling one of these tasty options.

Gear Guide 2010: Essentials A to Z

Having the right boots, packs, bags, and tents is never enough. Here, a roundup of all the other "essential" pieces of gear you'll want in the great outdoors.

Gear Review: Bamboo Mini Utensil Set

A fork, knife, and spoon for the green and ultralight crowd.

Gear Review: Herbal Oats Granola Bars

The four Herbal Oats granola bar varieties are all-natural, preservative-free, and delicious.

Toughest Gear: MSR Alpine Cookware and GSI Cascadian Bowls

Pots for the masses–and the ages.

Editors' Choice 2010: Tanka Bar Spicy Pepper Blend

Give yourself a flavor-rich protein boost with this update on a classic.

Editors' Choice 2010: Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

The best instant coffee. Ever.

Gear Review: Lunch

This sweet and savory sandwich is a staff favorite.

Gear Review: Optimus Terra HE

A great two-pot cookset

Gear Review: Evernew Aluminum Ceramic Non-Stick Deep Pots

A ceramic coated cook pot with a fry pan lid

Gear Review: GSI Outdoors Minimalist

The perfect solo cookset

Wine Review: The Climber, by Clif Family Winery

Clif makes wine? Yup, and good wine at that.

Trail Nutrition: Eat For Recovery

Double your trail miles–or just boost your energy–with protein-rich snacks.

Dirtbag/Gourmet Recipes: Couscous

This satisfying whole grain is filling, fiber-rich, and ready in less than five minutes.

Recipe: White Bean Chili 
with Couscous

With couscous, beans, and veggies this is a complete, and tasty, trail meal.

Recipe: Salmon-Tomato Couscous

Salmon jerky and curry powder are key to this hearty dish.

Editors' Choice 2008: GSI Outdoors Dualist Cookware

Party of two? Your cookware is ready.

Top Chefs: Reader-Submitted Recipes

We taste-tested a stack of your recipe submissions–everything from pasta to pub food. These four winners emerged as the best of the bunch.

Reader Recipe: Cashew Chicken

A spicy Asian dinner with satisfying crunch.

Reader Recipe: Backcountry Thanksgiving

A simple dish from two thru-hikers.

Reader Recipe: Sweeter S'mores

Think the classic campfire treat can't be beat?

Reader Recipe: Queets Valley Shepherd's Pie

Classic, pubworthy flavor for camp.

Reader Recipe: Ravioli au Beurre

Fresh pasta in less than five minutes.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Thai Food

Bring takeout to the trail with these flavorful Asian noodle dishes.

DIY Fall Trail Snacks

Turn fall's harvest into healthy, energy-packed treats.

Recipe: Spicy Pad Thai with Chicken and Veggies

For authentic takeout on the trail, try this spicy Pad Thai.

Recipe: Easy Pad Thai

Craving something Asian on your next trek, but don't want to put in a lot of effort? Try this easy Pad Thai.

Gear Review: Primus Gravity MF II Stove

This reliable camp stove runs on any gas, quick to heat and easy to use.

Winter Camping: Recipes & Menu Planner

These recipes are fortified with extra warmth and calories for winter camping.

BACKPACKER Trail Chef Video Center

From beer pancakes to on-the-go tiramisu, our resident Trail Chef will have your mouth watering in no time.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Camp Potatoes Recipes

Transform boring old instant potatoes into spicy, hearty meals.

Camp Cooking Tips and Tricks

We'll show you how to be the ultimate trail chef in no time with these tips.

Gear: Backcountry Cookware

Just because you're in the backcountry doesn't mean you don't need cookware. Here, some essentials to make you king of trail kitchen.

Drinks For the Trail

From cocktails to coffee, these recipes and tips will keep you quaffed no matter what.

Snacks for the Trail

Need to recharge with something tasty? These savory snacks will do just that.

Dessert Recipes for the Trail

Finish your meal off right with these treats for the trail.

Dinner Recipes for the Trail

Whip up a four start meal with these trail side recipes.

Breakfast Recipes

Start the day right with these out-of-the-ordinary breakfast treats.

Eat for All-Day Energy

On the trail, when you're snacking is just as important as what you're consuming.

Recipe: Sesame-White Bean Potato Cakes

These potato cakes are heavy on the carbs–and taste.

Recipe: Italian-Style Potatoes

Spice up boring potatoes with some summer sausage, brown sugar, and tomatoes in this Italian-inspired dish.

Recipe: Wasabi Potatoes with Salmon

The wasabi adds a kick to instant potatoes, while the salmon is a perfect protein source.

Recipes: Perfect Pancakes

Batter up for these trail-ready pancakes.

How To Make Perfect Camp Pancakes

From toppings to cleanup, these four tips will enhance the perfect lazy-morning camp breakfast.

Recipe: Blueberry-Hazelnut Rice Flour Pancakes

This gluten-free variation on the traditional recipe serves up superlight cakes.

Recipe: Beer Pancakes

Reason #57 to love a good brew: The carbonation in beer makes for extra-fluffy flapjacks.

Recipe: Spicy Chicken Salad Sandwich

P&J is for amateurs. This spiced up sandwich is just what your taste buds need on the trail.

Recipe: Ham, Cheese & Apple Sandwich

Take your ol' ham and cheese up a notch with this concoction.

Recipe: Pesto Tuna Sandwich

Take your tuna to the next level with this gourmet sandwich.

Desert Recipe: Tiramisu



Desert Recipe: Bananas Flambé



The Manual: Win a Camp Cookoff

Ideal appetizers, perfect wine pairings, desserts, and advanced techniques.

Ultralight Done Right: Food!

Easy, lightweight recipes. Plus quick ways to stay full and happy without hauling extra weight.

Gear Review: Evernew Titanium Pasta Pot

This featherweight pot is great for solo pasta lovers.

The Kitchen Sink: Backcountry Cookware Reviews

Everything you need to eat well in the backcountry.

Weekend Planner: Time-Saving Recipes

From dumplings to pasta, check out these three recipes for on-the-go goodness.

Backcountry Tooth Care

Treat dental problems–from minor to major–with these tips.

Trail Chef: Cook Bacon and Eggs in a Bag

Wow your friends with this campfire cooking trick.

Recipe: Quick Pepperoni Pizza

Craving a slice? Get your fix in the backcountry with these easy stovetop recipes.

Recipe: Parmesan-Polenta Pizza

Improve the basic pie with cornmeal crust and fresh basil sauce.

Fitness Special—Hike Forever: The Exercises

Use these proven exercises to get in the best hiking shape of your life.

Fitness Special—Hike Forever: The Total Fitness Plan

Get trail-fit fast! This 4-week program was designed specifically for hikers by trainers Melissa Racouillat of San Francisco's Stone Clinic and Darren Flagg of Boulder's Animal Strength Human Performance Lab.

Fitness Special—Hike Forever: Age 65 & Up

Stay in shape with these workout tips, and advice from a fitness hero.

Fitness Special—Hike Forever: Age 50-65

Fight the sedentary lifestyle and get a move on with these exercised and essential skill.s

Fitness Special—Hike Forever: Age 35-50

Get ready for the long fitness haul with these skills, workouts, and essential info.

Fitness Special—Hike Forever: Age 18-35

Build your fitness foundation with this essential physiological info, tips on eating right and exercises for staying in prime hiking shape.

Recipe: Spicy Teriyaki Elk Jerky

Elk meat makes for a leaner, more tender–and always organic!–trail snack.

Recipe: Burger Jerky

Say goodbye to rock-hard, overpriced, gas-station jerky with this cheap and easy recipe.

Editors' Choice 2009 Gold Award: MSR MugMate Coffee Maker

The ultimate solution for backcountry coffee–fast, ultralight, and fuss-free.

Editors' Choice 2009: PackIt Gourmet Austintacious Tortilla Soup

Put this meal on the menu for any trip: It's easy-prep trail food that will wow every palate.

Recipe: Campfire Baked Apples

With under five minutes of prep time needed, these apples will please anyone.

Recipe: Creamy Peach (or Berry) Pie

It doesn't get easier than fruit, pudding and boiling water for this simple dessert.

Recipe: Chewy Fudgy Nutty No-Bake Cookies

These simple cookies are perfect for the trial.

Beyond the S'More

Invent your own dessert with these versatile starters from your pantry.

Recipe: Peppered Venison With Wild Rice Risotto

We're serving up gourmet grub from America's top cook. Here Mark Fischer, head chef of Six89 in Carbondale, CO.

Utensils: Primus Meal Set

Freshly grated Parmesan with your fire-side spaghetti dinner? That's not a problem with this easy to clean, full-featured mess kit

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.

The Tortilla's Many Uses

More than just a hammock for your burrito ingredients, tortillas are very versatile.

How to Do Everything - Cooking

Eat like a pro with our recipes for every course.

Freshen Up with Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Upgrade your trail menu–and lower your carbon footprint–with farmers' market fare.

Custom Training: Exercises for Every Body Type

Get stronger and hike longer with a workout that matches your physique.

Packing Heat: Fiery Southwestern Recipes

These 4 red-hot recipes will warm you faster than any campfire.

Taste Test: Camp Coffee

Whether you're going ultralight or ultra gourmet, it's crucial to pour the right cuppa joe.

Trail Recipes: Portable Pub Grub

We'll show you how to adapt you favorite bar food for the trail: Mushroom-Asiago Veggie Burgers, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip, and Toasted Tortilla Chips.

Trail Recipes: Rising Sun Cuisine; Sushi on the Go

4 Japanese meals adapted–and enhanced–for the trail

Eat Better

Want to hike farther, explore tougher terrain, and carry big loads without bonking? To achieve your biggest backcountry goals, you have to change how you eat.

Summer Fitness Special: Hike Stronger, Live Longer

Achieve peak performance on the trail with our complete guide to training and eating like a backpacker.

Better to the Last Drop

A hiker cannot live on water alone. Next time out, try these coffee, tea, and wine updgrades.

Recipes for the Trail: Fish Feast

4 hook-and-cook dinners just waiting to be caught

Taste Test: Best of the Bars

What to grab when you need a boost

Free Food! Trailside Edible Plants

Wild parsnip, burdock, and wild carrot grow throughout North America. Learn when and where they're prime for picking.

Recipes for the Trail: Underground Cuisine

3 tasty, filling trailside finds that could save dinner–even your life.

Survive This: Sudden Illness on the Trail

Beware of dehydration when a sudden illness strikes.

Trail Food: 3 Edible Nuts

You're lost, hungry, and starting to shiver: Time to play squirrel.

Menu Maker

Not sure how to eat right on the trail? You're in luck. We've taken the liberty of coming up with the perfect plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—for just about every situation. So break out your inner chef and get cooking. You'll be eating like royalty in no time.

Hypothermia 101

Don't be fooled: Hypothermia can happen in the summer or the winter. Learn how to prevent and treat a dropping core body temp.

Eating Well On the Trail

GORP is great...for a snack. Backpacker offers some pointers on keeping your energy up while on the trail.

Reader-Submitted Gorp Recipes

The trail-staple GORP gets a face lift with these reader-submitted recipes

Packing List: Kitchen Kit

When cooking in the backcountry, don't leave home without...

How to Build Hiking Endurance



Four-Week Fitness Plan

Before you hit the trail, try thses exercises to build leg strength and stamina.

Get Trail-Fit Indoors

Get ready for hiking season in the off-season with this training plan developed by Runner's World contributor Budd Coates.

Why Backpackers Need to Eat Protein

Protein helps hikers regulate their metabolism, repair tired muscle, and boost their immune system.

The Workout: Hike Farther, Hike Stronger

Want legs that can tackle any climb, any heavy pack, any mileage? Well, don't work harder–work smarter. We grilled fitness experts and scoured the medical literature to uncover the latest, greatest strategies for building strength, endurance, speed, and flexibility.

Dinner Camping Recipes

Restaurant-quality dining on the trail. Choose from Mushroom and Tomato Orzo with Pesto or Chicken Posole Wraps for your next campfire dinner.

Camp Stove Cooking: Curry in a Hurry

4 easy recipes that will warm your whole body.

Flavor In a Flash: Ultralight Spice Kit

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

Holistic First Aid

A naturopath's top 5 remedies for common backpacking injuries.

How to Keep Your Food Warm In Camp

3 simple heat shields to keep your meals toasty in the backcountry

Regional Trail Recipes

Four trailworthy variations on favorite regional recipes

The Essential Weekend Backpacking Menu

Banish blah food with this 3-day guide to quick, delicious meals.

Post-Hike Beverages: Hot Trail Toddies

4 steamy drinks to spice up your after-dinner stargazing

High-Energy Food: Eat For The Long Haul

Enjoy all-day power by combining these 5 superfoods

Backpacking Recipe: Maple Sweet Grits

A simple twist packs protein into this down-home favorite.

Backpacking Recipe: Savory Corn Fritters

Pack your fishing rod; these biscuits go perfectly with fresh-caught trout or catfish.

Backpacking Recipe: Spicy Trail Pozole

Stuff yourself with this camp-style version of a traditional Mexican stew.

Backpacking Recipe: Rum and Black Bean Soup

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

5-Minute Meals: Cups Of Cold-Weather Comfort

Four new recipes for belly-warming campfire drinks

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.

Taste Test: Beef Jerky

Rich flavors and moist textures take top honors with these trail snacks

5-Minute Meals: Backcountry Breads

Four hearty, ready-in-a-flash bread recipes

Instant Weekend Menu

Cooking tips and recipes for easy backcountry meals

5-Minute Meals: Quick-Prep Pastas

You really want more granola? Get your carbs in a tasty, new way.

Taste Test: Battle Of The Bars

31 flavors, 12 discerning testers, 4 clear energy bar winners

Trail Cooking: The Low-Impact Kitchen

9 tips for Leave No Trace dining

5-Minute Meals: Pack In The Protein

Add four low-carb recipes to your trail cookbook

5-Minute Meals: Backcountry Crepes

Quick and simple crepe recipes for any meal

Four Top Trail Meals

Testers' favorite backpacking entrees

The Best Recipes: REI/BACKPACKER Camp Cook-off

The best gorp, breakfast, entree, and dessert recipes from our cooking contest: 200 contestants, eight finalists, one culinary king

South Beach Trail Diet

A hiker's guide to low-carb eating

Go Light, Not Hungry

The One-Pan Gourmet shows how to eat like a king.

Blueberry Magic

Berries Prove Balance Can Be Sweet

Mighty metabolism

Do backpackers have superfast metabolic rates?

The Hiker's Diet

Do hikers have special nutritional needs?

Water Worries

How much H2O do you really need on the trail?

Mars Vs. Venus

Who's better suited for backpacking--men or women?

Good News About Bad Food

Got burgers on the brain? Learn why some experts say it's okay to indulge.

Finding Food For The Long Trail

We tortured 51 trail snacks and staples to pick the longest lasting foods for backpacking.

The Hiking Gourmet

The hungry hiker's foolproof plan for eating like a king in the backcountry.

Emeril Spices Up Camp Food

Cuisine expert Emeril Lagasse shares eight tips on how to liven up your camp cooking.

Fast Food: A Backpacker's Guide To Grocery

A soup-to-nuts guide that'll get you through the supermarket and on the trail faster than you can say "express lane."

Packable Salads

These crunchy, easy-to-prepare side dishes will make your hiking buddies green with envy.

How To: Dehydrate Your Own Trail Food

Make your own dehydrated trail food with these simple techniques.

Eating On The Runs

To keep trekking when you have the trots, feed your body the right fuel.

Good News For Sore Joints

Got a bum knee or ankle? Better treatments for post-hike joint pain are on the horizon.

Reader Tip: Bladder Bowl

Try this homemade, ultralight bowl for long distance treks.

Retaining Water While Hiking: Don't Sweat It

When water is scarce, minimize the amount your body expends.

Camp Cuisine: No Cooking Required

Camping without stove or fire gains you freedom, flexibility, simplicity, and compactness, and sometimes a lighter load.

Drinking Risky Water

If disaster leaves you deep in the backcountry without any means to disinfect drinking water, what do you do? Follow these methods to stay hydrated without getting sick.

Dry Camping Secrets

If water's in short supply where you're headed, know the secrets of dry camping.

Chicken Soup For The Trail

Some trailworthy soups can even help you heal.

Pilot Crackers

A long-lasting bread that handles the rigors of backpacking.

Trailworthy Cheese Alternatives

With a little creativity, dairy-wary hikers can find tasty and satisfying alternatives to cheese.

Foods For Backcountry Recovery

Our medicine man gives his food suggestions for recovering in the backcountry.

Be A Dried-Food Gourmet Chef

Create tasty trail meals like fish chowder, lasagna, and seafood with pasta.

Pasta Power

Put some past in your stomach for good trail food all the next day.

Fight Fatigue With Food

Eat right and you'll hike stronger.

The Great Gorp Contest

From "good old raisins and peanuts" to trail mixes spiced with hot peppers, Michigan cherries, beer nuts, and dried carrots, the ultimate backwoods snack comes your way, courtesy of Backpacker readers.

Backcountry Menus For Diabetics

Feeding a diabetic hiker takes planning and professional advice, but not necessarily a special menu.

Have Diabetes, Will Travel

Even diabetes can't slow down hikers with these health tips.

Dehydrate Your Trail Food

Who says you need water in your food? Dehydrate your vittles and you'll carry less weight, save money, and eat better.

Yerba Mate: New Trail Brew

Kick the coffee and toss the tea and try yerba mate.

The Mountaineer's Herb

Ginkgo helps with altitude sickness and cold.

Filtering Vs. Chemicals Vs. Boiling Water

Water treatments defined.

Boosting Backcountry Meals

With simple planning, you can turn your bare-bones backcountry meals into satisfying, energy-boosting successes.

Millet, Kasha, Quinoa: Against The Grain

Rice and pasta are nice, but if you want variety, add some millet, kasha, or quinoa to your trail menu.

Nutritional Yeast: What Is It?

Is this health-food-store item really needed in those recipes?

Avoiding Caffeine Withdrawal

Your daily cups of java seem innocent-until you hit the trail and don't get your normal caffeine buzz for a couple of days.

Old-Time Camp Food

Tired of freeze-dried? Try hardtack and corn dodgers for a tasty change of pace.

Dandelion Burgers: A Vegetarian Recipe

This vegetarian burger recipe will suit your palate and clean-up the environment.

Camp Rice: Using The Chameleon Grain

Rice takes on the flavor of whatever you add to it, so no wonder it's such a tasty, versatile trail food.

Dessert Time: Use Nature's Fridge

Use streams, snow, rivers, and ponds as chilling grounds for enticing backcountry desserts.

Pass The Powdered Beans

When it comes to punching up a bland menu,there's a whole world of flakes, granules, and sprinkles waiting to be tried.

Camp Breakfast Tips: Rise And Shine

Eggs on the trail, stoveless oatmeal, and other breakfast miracles from readers.

In Camp, Hit The Sauce

By themselves, noodles are just plain bland. Add the proper topping, though, and dinner takes on a whole new flavor.

Winter Calorie Count

Winter activities demand more of your body's energy.

Camping With A Fridge

That's essentially what the outdoors is, so use those cold temps to carry tasty foods that wouldn't stand a chance in summer.

Tofu, Anyone?

Tofu has been much maligned, but the simple truth is that it's tasty, nutritious, and an ideal trail food.

Camp Pastas: Use Your Noodle

It's tasty, nutritious, and will survive being crammed in a pack. Might pasta be the perfect trail food?

BACKPACKER Reader Cooking Tips

Cooking tips from readers.

Trailworthy Recipes

How to make dreamy drinks and crispy chicken in camp, and lots of other trail-tested cooking tips from readers.

Grow Trail Greens

Time it right and you can harvest fresh greens every day of your trip.

Fresh Backcountry Food

Rather than tearing open an envelope, wouldn't you rather slice and dice something fresh?

Advice From Chef Slacker

Boil, pour, stir, eat. Camp food doesn't get any easier than this.

Fighting Cramps On The Trail

Nothing cramps your style like a knotted muscle. Here are simple ways to stay pain-free.

Food To Fight The Bonk Factor

Choose your fuel wisely to keep your engine running strong.

Trail Calories: Crunching The Numbers

Break down your calorie intake for maximum energy on the trail.

Protect Your Pack Food

The inside of a pack is a rough place for poorly packaged food. Protect your grub so it emerges intact.

Camp Tortillas: Wrap It Up

Wrap your dinner in a tortilla and you've got an appetizing and tidy way to satisfy those hunger pangs.

A Gruel And Unusual Taste Test

Fearless campers sacrifice their taste buds to determine which instant breakfast is best.

The Backcountry Cupboard

Stock these 25 essentials for grab-it-and-go meals.

Camp Coffee Explained

Here's how to make your morning cup of joe the best in camp.

Spice Up Your Camp Food

Spice is the variety of life, so add ground pepper, ginger, and other taste bud tinglers to your camp meals.

Camping Spices To Go

These spices add zest to bland camp meals.

Getting Your Just Desserts In Camp

Just because you're in the woods doesn't mean you have to sacrifice dessert. Here are a few recipes for tasty end-of-the-meal treats that'll satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.

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