The most important part of the day for me is eating! If you were wondering how we get all this amazing work done on the trails, the answer is usually good food. Hiking, rolling rocks, digging holes, and staying warm all require very high calorie meals. I prefer to pack enough food for two breakfasts, two lunches, snacks, and one amazing dinner per field day. Plus, three liters of ole fashioned water. Some of the best meals I’ve made have been out on the trails. Here are my two personal favorites!
Soy-rizo Burritos on San Luis Peak via the Stewart Creek Trail for 4:
1 ½ lbs of Chorizo, Soy-rizo, or some other variation)
8 Tortillas (I prefer flour, but corn works)
2 cups Quick cooking rice
2 cups cooked Pinto beans
1 Tomato diced
Cheese-as much as ya need
1 Onion (½ sautéed and ½ fresh)
While cooking in the back country there are a few things to keep in mind: 1) dirt is just a little extra trail spice 2) leave no scraps behind, pre-cut your veggies 3) use the least amount of utensils and pots/pans as possible 4) save the left-overs, you will eat them tomorrow, and lastly 5) Team work! Combine food supplies with others and make awesome meals.
Portabello Mushroom Burgers and Veg-kabobs on Mt. Bierstadt for Four:
4 Portabello Mushrooms
4 Burger buns
Onion slices for burgers
Tomato rounds for burgers
Marinated pineapple chunks, onions, peppers, squash, and whatever else you have
Observe the bear fence that we are using to protect the base camp kitchen. I strongly believe in keeping wildlife wild and not feeding or leaving human food scraps around. When animals rely on human food supplies, they become aggressive towards people and unfit to survive on their own. Always be sure to store food in bear safe containers and practice LNT ethics when enjoying the great outdoors.
Stay tuned for more delicious dinner ideas from your friendly trail folk.