Climbing Mount Rainier or any big mountain, whether on the fast track or a more scenic pace, requires carrying a pack. Big packs not only slow us down, they are hard on our bodies. In the past, backcountry meals were a heavy portion of our loads. Fortunately, thanks to a bunch of picky foodies and chefs-turned-backcountry-food-aficionados, it’s now possible to eat well and go light! This month, we’ve reviewed what we feel are the best backcountry meals on the market. We’ve highlighted our favorite meals based on taste, packability, and how light they are on our guts and the environment.
In the past, those of us with sensitive digestive systems used to concoct our own bland meal-in-a-bag dinners and avoid dehydrated or freeze dried meals like the plague - lest we blow up like balloons and send our partners or tent mates running for air in the middle of the night. The meals in this review are not only great tasting, but also healthy and allergy sensitive. Each of these meals uses as many organic and healthy ingredients as possible and have vegan and vegetarian options. We’re also pleased to find that nearly all of the companies listed below were founded and run by women.