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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)


Enertia Trail Foods Fiesta Taco
This beef-flavored soy, rice, and bean mix cooks in the bag in five minutes with just one cup of hot water. “It’s meant to eat as a taco or wrap, but it’s hearty enough to eat out of the bag,” says one tester who added sliced avocado and cheese. “Mix-ins aren’t necessary, but they boost the fat and calories, which I appreciate when it’s cold.” $5 (1 serving);

Journey Bar Pizza Marinara
Savory energy bars are hit-or-miss among our testers, but this recipe won over a majority with a blend of tomato, basil, oregano, and red pepper flavors. “It gets more nuanced with every bite, and when I need a salt fix, I love not having to resort to high-protein foods, which can increase dehydration on winter trips,” says one tester. $2 (1 bar);

Wild Squirrel Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter
A single-serving packet of this flavored peanut butter has 180 calories, and 77 percent of them come from healthy fat, which will help boost your body’s heat production. Real raisin chunks are sweet and add texture for spreading on bread, topping fruit, or mixing into oatmeal. Another favorite flavor: almond-based Vanilla Espresso. $1 (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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