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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)

Backcountry Bartender
Upgrade chilly evenings—responsibly!—with packable booze and brews.

Stacked Wines Chardonnay, Merlot, and Pino Grigio
Four classy cups stack vertically and snap apart into individual containers pre-filled with fruity chardonnay, complex merlot, or crisp pinot grigio. “A classy ‘glass’ of wine is the perfect end to a long trail day, and the shatterproof plastic cups reseal, so they’re perfect for storing leftovers,” says one tester who recommends the warming red. $15 (750 ml);

Clif Family Winery Climber Pouch Wines

This bulk-style wine bag packs a liter and a half of bold cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay in a 1.4-ounce sack that saves you 1.75 pounds of bottle weight. The push-button dispenser also keeps air out, so your wine stays fresh on extended trips. $17 (1.5 L);

Kru 82 Vodka
Sealed in lightweight, water-bottle-style stainless-steel bottles ranging in size from a 1.75-liter jug to a 200-ml flask stand-in, this crisp vodka is perfect for trailside martinis or cocktails. Reuse the shatterproof bottle for water to hydrate post-party. $6 (200 ml);

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale
Dale’s hit the backcountry-beer bull’s-eye by pairing this 8-percent brew with a 16-ounce, tall-boy-style can. “With twice the alcohol of other beers and a bit more to sip on, I could carry one Deviant Dale’s instead of a sixer of lesser brew,” says one tester. $13 (4-pack);

Shot Pak STR8UP Spirits
Packing one of these 1.7-ounce liquor pouches makes it easier than ever to mix a hot-buttered rum, Irish coffee, or brandy toddy to sip campfire-side. Testers report that these liquors are stiff enough to mix, and smooth enough to serve as a martini. All six varieties of the straight stuff are good, but stay clear of Shot Pak’s mixed shooters, which testers didn’t like. $3 (50 ml);

Widmer Brothers Brewing Hefeweizen mini-keg
On winter trips when pulling a sled makes it possible to tote luxe cargo, the party-sized capacity of this mini-keg (equivalent to 10-plus pints) is perfect for hut trips. The pourer dispenses a perfect head for every cup of the unfiltered, American-style hefeweizen. The only catch: You have to finish the brew within eight hours, before it goes flat. Bring friends. $22 (5 L);

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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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