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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012: Food

Fuel the biggest cold-weather adventures.

by: Lauren Gladu & Kristy Holland

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Three Sisters Scramble (Photo by Andrew Bydlon)
Three Sisters Scramble (Photo by Andrew Bydlon)
Fiesta Tacos (Photo by Andrew Bydlon)
Fiesta Tacos (Photo by Andrew Bydlon)
Carbonara Gemelli Pasta (Photo by Andrew Bydlon)
Carbonara Gemelli Pasta (Photo by Andrew Bydlon)


Hungry Hikers Three Sisters Scramble
Packed with sausage, potatoes, onions, and cheese, this double-serving, egg-based scramble is hearty enough as a meal on its own, but also works well as a protein-packed bagel or tortilla topper. “Fresh from the kitchen” is how one tester described the texture of the sausage and eggs, adding, “let it rehydrate for a few minutes longer than the recommended four minutes to avoid dry, spongy-textured potatoes.” $6 (2 servings);

Adventure Appetites Sleeping Bag Hashbrown Burrito

Warm up chilly mornings with this hearty egg-and-potato wrap. The ship-to-you meal company combines dry goods (dehydrated hash browns, eggs, and veggies) with relatively shelf-stable staples (cream cheese, tortillas, butter, and fresh salsa) for meals that balance low weight with well-placed bursts of freshness. “Opening the package, I was pulling out one surprise after another—there’s real butter and a packet of Tapatío hot sauce for a warming kick,” says one tester. Note: Follow “use or freeze by” directions so fresh ingredients don’t spoil before you hit the trail. $8 (1 serving);

Mazama Bar Hazelnut Mocha Bar
Fuel chilly alpine starts with this coffee-flavored, all-natural meal-replacement bar. “At 410 calories, it’s high-powered, and the hefty dose of protein [10g], fiber [6g], and fat [21g] kept me full for hours,” says one tester, adding “if it freezes solid, you can still bite into it.” The subtle coffee flavor makes the Hazelnut Mocha bar a natural fit for morning, but testers also loved the Chocolate Banana and Wild Berry flavors. $4 (1 serving);

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We take Mazama Bars on every backpacking and ski trip now. They're great for keeping packs light since they pack such a big caloric punch, but they're also just flat out the best bars I've ever had. My personal favorite is the banana one, but they're all good.


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