Stoveless Trail Deli Plates

Stoveless Trail Deli Plates

  • July 30, 2021
  • by Inga

I’ve been experimenting with stoveless backpacking food and find that I’m drawn to foods I would normally eat without heating. A variety of different tastes and textures can be achieved by creating stoveless trail deli plates. There are endless combinations that are possible. If it’s a weekend trip in relatively cool temperatures, fresh foods such …

Stoveless Food Options and Cold Soaking for the Backcountry

  • January 25, 2021
  • by Inga

I have not pursued cold soaking or stoveless food options because I really enjoy my cup of hot tea in the morning and a warm meal at night. What grabbed my attention a few months ago was a statewide stove ban in all of California’s National Forests during our unprecedented fire season. I realized that …

Foods of India-A Guide for the First Time Visitor

  • February 13, 2020
  • by Inga

When Steve and I spent a month in India, I found that there was a lot I didn’t know about the foods of India. If you like Indian food, you probably go to restaurants in the U.S. and if you’re like me, you always get the same few dishes you know you like. I was …

Special Occasion Dining in Oahu, Hawaii

  • January 20, 2020
  • by Inga

One of the reasons I prefer O’ahu over other Hawaiian Islands, all of which have their charms, is the high quality and variety of fine dining options. Many of the best restaurants and innovative chefs are located in Waikiki, which means a quick walk if you’re staying there. In a previous article, “Eating and sleeping …

New Hungry Spork book!

  • January 03, 2020
  • by Inga

The Hungry Spork TRAIL RECIPES is now available in print and ebook.  With more than 50 recipes, this book is a companion to the first Spork book, which focused on planning for a thru-hike, with an emphasis on recipes. You will find vegan and meat alternatives for most recipes and feedback from a fleet of …

Resupply on the John Muir Trail

  • April 07, 2019
  • by Inga

Resupply options on the John Muir Trail are fairly straightforward in the northern section, but it gets a little more complicated in the rugged, southern section where no backcountry ranches exist. For those with a strict timetable, it may be undesirable to have to spend a couple of days exiting the trail to get to …

Favorite Backpacking Snacks

  • September 18, 2018
  • by Inga

Is it just me or has there been an explosion of healthy snacks in the last couple of years? When I think back to the days when we thought Power Bars were revolutionary, I realize how many wonderful choices we have now. I had the opportunity to test some new products this year and thought …

A Backpacking Meal Plan with 4000 Mostly Healthy Calories

  • July 25, 2017
  • by Inga

Many people have trouble coming up with a relatively healthy meal plan that has adequate calories and protein for backpacking. This can be a real challenge for those with a high metabolism who have significant calorie needs. How to determine calorie needs is a complex topic. There are formulas but they are, at best, only …

Food Choices on the Tour of Mont Blanc

  • April 28, 2017
  • by Inga

I had a lot of questions about food choices on the Tour of Mont Blanc for our self-guided hike. It was a relief to not have to plan our usual backpacking menu since I had just done five backpacking trips in one summer, but I didn’t know what our food choices on the Tour of Mont …

Meal Planning for the John Muir Trail

  • December 23, 2014
  • by Inga

I don’t think I cooked more than a handful of meals for immediate consumption during the six months prior to our hike on the John Muir Trail (JMT)—thank goodness my husband likes to cook, otherwise we would have starved while I prepped all the food for the hike. Whenever I’d think of an idea for …

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