• Great stuff Mark! I am a huge fan of Mountain House. The stuff is delicious and great for packing. The stuff I pack usually includes Mountain House, Granola, Snickers, and Jerky. You are sure to find all of those in my pack… in fact I think there may be a snickers bar still in mine as we speak…..

    • SoleAdventure

      Ha ha! Snickers make great emergency rations. ;-)

      • Terry Howe

        Nothing boosts morale like some chocolates!

  • Terry Howe

    I seem to be the only one that likes having my big meal in the middle of the day when the elk are bedded down. I typically get back late when it is dark and have a quick cold dinner and get in the tent. It gets cold quick, I don’t like standing around out there.

    • I usually find a nice cool spot next to a creek and cook me a Mountain House in the middle of the day… You’re not alone.

    • SoleAdventure

      Yeah, I’ve done the same…especially in cooler weather. I may do that on this trip, if I’m close to camp at mid-day, but otherwise I’m not planning on carrying my cooking kit in my daypack when I leave camp in the morning.

  • Tom Ryle

    Great stuff, Mark! One tip I’ve learned in over 25 years of backpacking and hunting with freeze dried meals is to take along a large, sturdy paperclip (for those who are uber weight conscious) or better yet a medium-sized binder clip to close up your meal pouch after adding hot water. Fold the pouch a couple times, clip, then set aside to cook. The new packaging comes with a zip-lock type closure but they don’t always hold, especially if you inadvertently knock it over. Eating lasagna off the dirt and pine duff is no fun after a long day of burning calories. And for what it’s worth, Mountain House makes THE best tasting freeze dried meals. Avoid Backpacker’s Pantry at all cost – starchy and nasty.

    • SoleAdventure

      I’ve had some trouble sealing those zippers on the MH bags. That’s a great tip/trick, thanks Tom! And good call on not veering from MH – they are the best!

  • Aznealz

    Sold on Probars. Good nutrition and protein numbers and stable in a warm pack or side pants pocket.

    • SoleAdventure

      I haven’t touched a Clif bar since I’ve discovered the ProBars. They are sooo much better!

  • Mike Dwyer

    Mountain House makes great stuff but for midday meals I love this staple that I discovered years ago when doing multi-day paddle trips here in KY: Buy some pasta salad mix. Follow directions but instead of using mayonnaise use just enough olive oil to coat everything well. Make sure to still include the seasoning packet for flavor. Put it in a ziploc bag. Take along 1-2 packages of the Starkist hickory smoked tuna in the vacuum pouches. When you’re ready to eat dump in the tuna, seal the bag and mix well. The pasta salad will keep for several days and your noodles will still be soft. It tastes very gourmet when you’re sitting on a log or rock chowing down. Bon appetit !

  • Brendon Piper

    Great post! We do a LOT of adventure kayak fishing and living from a dry bag can be tough!! This is an excellent example of how to pack and organize your food properly to keep the energy going over several days. Looking to venture out west for the first time this year…this site is providing the proper motivation!!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Brendon. Best of luck on your trip out west this year!

  • wyoming wilderness

    I find that any type of energy gel or almond butter are usually frozen solid. Even a Cliff Bar will be so solid that I nearly break my teeth trying to eat it, In fact I have to put half the bar in my mouth to thaw it out enough to take a bite. I usually go at the end of October so that might make the difference. Also I find the dang wrappers to the energy bars to be extremely noisy. Does anyone one have solutions? I am not going to start sleeping with food in my bag.

    • SoleAdventure

      I use Probars, which can get hard, but not nearly as fast as Clif bars. Putting food in your bag is a good solution if you’re not in bear country. When that’s not an option I’ll usually “thaw” things near my stove as I’m making coffee in the morning.

      In terms of wrapper noise, I’ll either repackage things (especially for treestand hunts), or just open things in advance and try to eat when I’m not in striking distance and the noise isn’t as much of a concern.