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Keeping energized while backpacking enables you to push farther along the trail to get to that fantastic vista you’re after, making backcountry cooking a key skill. Hygiene, bear safety, culinary creativeness and kitchen efficiency make backcountry cooking a life-time skill. Enjoy our articles and tips on how to maintain a top-notch kitchen in the wild.

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Trail Chef: Mess-Free Meals

By: Jennifer Bowen (recipes); Rachel Zurer (text)

Great food doesn’t have to mean slaving away over the camp stove. Here are four delectable dishes that slash cleanup from the to-do list.

Arrange grapes, dates, cheese, sausage, and bread on a plate. Place drained can of sardines and tapenade packet on a plate. Assemble creatively!
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No-cook Trail Tapas

By: Trail Chef Jennifer Bowen. Photos by Julia Schweitzer

Consider this list merely a starting point for this fun take on Spanish small plates. Raid your pantry for other ideas, and don’t forget to bring some sherry to sip on the side.

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6 Ways to Remix Your Trail Mix

By: Genny Fullerton (photos)

Good old raisins and peanuts feeling…well…old? Mix it up with one of these innovative combos. Jealous friends guaranteed.

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  • Eat up! Each recipe makes 2 sandwiches. Variation: Use graham crackers instead of chocolate cookies. Super-Easy No-Bake Cheesecake Sandwiches
  • In 2013, Fort George released a mere 2,200 cases of this delectable treat. Named after the record company of the same name, the Tender Loving Empire brings an ethereal tangerine hue to the table, rounding out the killer flavor. 10 Unique Beers for the Backcountry
  • Stir in the marshmallows and chocolate chips and sprinkle the broken grahams on top for some crunch. You’re welcome. 7 Mind-Blowing Oatmeal Upgrades
  • Voila! A beautiful meal fit for royalty. Eat it while it’s hot! You can use different varieties of cheese, bagel, meat, and kale chips for endless flavor possibilities. Recipe: Backcountry Eggs Benedict
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