Look, we don't have anything against freeze-dried meals. They're easy, they're fast, and they're nutritious enough to keep you going on the trail.
But sometimes, that's not enough: Sometimes, spectacular scenery deserves a spectacular meal. From comfort food to protein-packed dishes to decadent desserts, we've collected 36 of our most popular recipes here, along with a few of our personal favorites. Master them, and you'll taste what backcountry cooking can really be like.
Have we whetted your appetite? Sign up for our Backcountry Kitchen course on AIM Adventure U, and you'll get a comprehensive lesson in backpacker cuisine that you can take at your own pace. Bonus: Right now, it's 50% off.