Most backcountry hunters I know set aside the luxuries of our modern smorgasbord when they go into the field. They buy a Costco-sized bag of trail mix and a 20-pack of Mountain House meals and set about studying their topo maps.
And I get that. For me, the sous vide machine stays home and out comes the single camp pot. I even give up my morning coffee and settle for a stout hike before dawn. Camp’s a place for calories not connoisseuring.
Or is it?
I’ve decided that good (or at least halfway decent) meals are as important as decent rain gear and a tent. I love the simplicity of a backpacking diet, but something about eating freeze-dried astronaut food at camp feels as wrong as responding to work emails.
Most good, fresh food chews up a lot of two precious resources in our pack: weight and volume. We can only put so much on our backs and expect to get to where the other hunters aren’t.
Here are some surprisingly luxurious-yet-practical ways to add some real food back into your camp diet without having to hire a mule to bring it in for you.