Dehydrated Dips on a Hike – Field Tip

Yummy happy campers

Just about everyone I know seems to struggle with creative ideas of what to eat for lunch on a hike, especially for multi-day hikes. After many years of experiments, I've now settled with my 'go-to' of dehydrated dips on crackers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJa67AuV9s0 The great thing about these dips is that you can rehydrate them in their own ziploc bag, then simply rip off the corner … [Read more...]

Hiking Food Review : Strive Food 24hr Ration Pack

Veggie Laksa Cooking up a treat.

Following on from last week's post on Easy Hiking food for Overnight Trips, I was sent some product by the nice folk down in Tassie from Strive Food. I was interested to read that this small, Aussie business has grown from Todd and Melanie's basement in Hobart and from their expertise as a nutritionist (Melanie) and Outdoor Ed Instructor (Todd). What a winning combo! For people who are … [Read more...]

Easy Hiking Food for Overnight Trips (That’s lightweight too!)

Enjoying the view from Mt Solitary whilst the billy boils.

I'm still staggered by the number of people who say that planning and organising food is the issue that stops them from doing overnight hikes. There's really no reason these days for using that excuse and my suspicion is that if you're still using it, then the real issue isn't to do with the food, but something else. (Ouch!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3nx4kebyvM I've already done … [Read more...]

Coming Soon – Brand New Hiking How-To Videos and New Look Blog!

Caro Ryan Lotsafreshair.com at Butterbox Grose Valley Blue Mountains

Yay! I'm so excited!! You know how they say that change is as good as a holiday? Well, I guess I'm about to feel as though I've had one big holiday, because there's a whole lot of 'change' coming very soon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCgO4McLv78 If you follow the @Lotsafreshair Instagram or Twitter, you might have seen me and the crew oot n' aboot (a loving nod to my Canadian friends) … [Read more...]

Hiking Food : Hidden in your Supermarket

Mechanically Separated Chicken

Continuing the theme of trying to get inspired by lunch in the bush, I recently decided to spend some quality time browsing the shelves of my supermarket, to see if there were any hidden gems just itching to get out into the wilderness. I came to realise that I have developed shopping blinkers when it comes to scanning shelves for familiar brands, packaging or solutions. I'm sure some advertising … [Read more...]

Secrets of the Police Rescue Rat Pack

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A little while back I took part in a Land Search and Rescue workshop run by the Blue Mountains Police Rescue squad. It's just one of the many great training opportunities thanks to the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad. On this two day workshop, we worked with our colleagues in other volunteer squads such as the SES and RFS. We learnt about Search Management from Police Rescue and put … [Read more...]

Backcountry Bakery

Straight out of the bag!

This week we say g'day to Matt McClelland*, who has kindly contributed this tasty guest post!I love good food when walking.Actually, I love good food anytime and fresh bread is my favourite. Years ago I used to carry one of those stove top oven things - they weigh a ton and use a loooooot of fuel - now a plastic bag does the trick. It all started with muffins. When I said, 'I love good food', … [Read more...]

Dinner in a Bag!

Not designed for cook-in-bag

I've always been pretty fond of the cook-in-the-bag concept out in the bush. Besides doing away with the washing up, it's another reason not to take a plate/bowl with you, reducing the bulk and weight in your backpack. Our fabulous Kiwi cousins at Backcountry pretty much have this concept sewn up with their tasty freeze dried meals (I totally rate the Roast Lamb and Beef Curry!). In fact, I … [Read more...]

8 Tips to Using a Dehydrator to make tasty hiking food!

Broccoli keeps it's colour if it's blanched first!

One of the questions I get asked most is what do I eat in the bush? It might also explain why my Basic Food for Hiking Video is the 2nd most popular on the channel. Us hikers love our food! With all that fresh air and exercise, we sure build up healthy appetites and I'm not convinced that all of it is about ensuring correct nutrition (see A Little Tipple in the Bush). So how do we guarantee … [Read more...]

Food for Overnight Bushwalks

Enjoying the view from Mt Solitary whilst the billy boils.

I have a confession to make... ...Cauliflower. In fact, half a fresh cauliflower. That's just under half a kilo of vegetable. It was October 1999 and that half a kilo of tasty veg was sitting at the top of my backpack, whilst my cousin shouldered an equal amount of fresh broccoli. We had set off from Katoomba station to start a 5 day (132km) walk to Mittagong in the New South Wales … [Read more...]