Camp Cuisine - Part 1

By GORP Hiking Expert Karen Berger

Good news, folks! In case you didn't know, backpacking is the greatest diet-and-exercise program ever invented. When you're hauling a 30-pound pack over a 3,000-foot mountain, you can eat as much as you want and still lose weight.

So the question isn't to eat or not to eat: It's what to eat. And how much. A rule of thumb: Figure about 2 pounds of food per day per person. You're looking for food that will keep your energy up. It also has to be lightweight, resistant to spoilage, and easy to prepare with a minimum of fuss, fuel, and cooking utensils. Oh, yeah: it helps if it tastes good. Here are some basic guidelines for the backcountry.

Basic Staples:




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