Do you have a backpacker or hiker in your family and struggle for ideas on what to get them? Here are 10 food suggestions for their holiday gifts.
1. Epic Bars
Epic bars are free range meat bars. The best way to describe them is they are just like a Clif Bar but all meat. They are not jerky but instead a moist tasty meal in a bar. They have three epic flavors. Bison Bacon Cranberry, Beef Habanero Cherry, and Turkey Almond Cranberry. To learn more about Epic Bars and where to buy them check out their website.
2. Scratch Labs Hydration Mixes
A fantastic drink mix that will not only hydrate you but also give you some flavor if your tired of drinking plain ole water. Skratch Labs uses all natural ingredients: cane sugar, dextrose, sodium citrate, real fruit, citric acid, magnesium citrate, calcium citrate, potassium citrate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C). There are several different variations based on activity. They have awesome flavors such as Orange, Lemon Lime, Tropical and a new Hot Apple Cinnamon Mix.
Check out my review here and visit the website for purchasing info.
3. Pronto Cafe
Pronto Cafe is a great way to kick start your mornings with a nice cup of full flavored full body coffee. Leave those instant coffee packets behind while reducing your waste in the back country. Unlike many of the other “gourmet” coffee products on the market this one manages to drastically cut down it’s waste by removing the large packaging and filters that most use. Instead they have gone to more of a loose tea brewing method. To learn more about this great coffee check out their website.
4. Backpackers Pucks
Backpacker Pucks are a fantastic snack or even full meal while on the trail. A dense flavor and energy packed snack that every backpacker would enjoy.
With flavors like Chocolate Cherry, Peanut Butter Banana, Pumpkin Spice, and more on the way.
To learn more about Backpackers pucks check out my review and visit the Backpacker Pucks Facebook page.
5. Honey Stinger Chews
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews are a great tasting organic energy snack. They provide a source fiber and protein derived from 100% organic tapioca syrup and honey
Made with USDA certified Organic ingredients. Gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO ingredients. 0g Trans Fats and no partially hydrogenated oils. 100% RDA Vitamin C along with protein fiber. Flavors include Cherry, Pink Lemonade, Limeade, Fruit Smoothie, and several others. To learn more visit their website.
A quick and easy way for a backpacker to stay healthy and energized on their adventures. Emergen-C vitamin supplement drink mixes provide any hiker a burst of essential nutrients, including 1,000 mg of vitamin C and other immune supporting antioxidants zinc and manganese, 7 B vitamins to enhance energy naturally, and electrolytes to replenish post-workout! There are 20 different varities to choose from and there are even options for kids. Check out the Emergen-C website for more information.
7. Dehydrated Meals
Dehydrated meals are always a great choice. There are several brands such as Backpackers Pantry, Mountain House, AlpineAire that make tasty options.
Meals can be found for every meal including snacks. They range from beef stew all the way to Pad Thai noodles. Many of the companies have vegetarian options as well.
Light weight meals that are high in calories that are easy to cook are a back packers best friend. These meals have a long shelf life and can be great for anyone who is active and enjoys outdoor sports not just backpacking and hiking. These also make great SHTF and Bug Out Bag food options. To learn more check out the above links or visit your local outdoor retailer.
8. Beef Jerkey
Beef Jerky is a snack that has been a favorite of adventures since the dawn of adventuring. A high protein high caloric light weight snack. It can be found in a varieties of flavors and meat types. There is even meatless jerky for those who prefer not to eat meat.
Jerky can be easily found just about anywhere these days including but not limited to grocery stores, gas stations, road side stands, flee markets, and even strange vans parked in empty parking lots.
An assorted flavor jerky buffet is always welcomed by backpackers as gifts.
Ramen the staple of all backpackers diets. You can never go wrong with a heaping of Raman noodles as gifts. Super cheap and tastes great after a long hike. You can even spice up your Raman and turn it into “Fancy Homemade Raman“. You might think I am joking but 1/2 of all backpackers love Raman noodles. (statistics are not 100% accurate). Raman comes in various flavors and styles. Find it at your local grocery store by the truck load for only a $1 (prices may vary).
10. Journey Bars
Journey Bars are not your ordinary energy bar. These food bars come in flavors like coconut curry, hickory barbecue, pizza marinara, and several others. They are made with whole grains, almonds, and real herbs and spices. They are gluten-free, soy-free, gmo-free and vegan friendly. A fantastic alternative to all of the sugary fruit and nut bars on the market.
To learn more about Journey Bars check out my food review or visit the Journey Bar website.
An email and a letter confirmed that the first #omnigames will be held in Park City, Utah. The #omniten members from the first three seasons will all fly in to Salt Lake City on the 6th or 7th of January and we will leave to go home on the 11th of January. Season four the newest group will be doing their own thing but also be able to join in on the #omnigames also? That is what we have heard anyway from the season four members. Nothing has been confirmed by Columbia yet. We have been told to bring our winter gear and that more will be provided to keep us in hue he spirit of #tryingstuff. Lots of conversations are going on between the #omniten members as to what will be going on. We are all in agreement that we know nothing and that the suspense is not only killing us but also making things exciting. There are also reports from some of the seasons that their travel plans have been set up already.
As we wait for more information we are all training in our own ways to prepare for a series of games that we have no idea what they are or what will be involved.
More to come.
I woke up early with great excitement to go hiking. Not only was this my first hike in Arizona it was my first hike with fellow #Omniten-ers Dave of WildernessDave.com and Heidi of bananabuzzbomb.com. I have known both of these fine folks for awhile through social media, I had met Dave on our #omniten Rogue River trip, but this was my first time meeting Heidi. This was my first hike with them and from the Twitter chatter it was going to fun.
We all started watching the weather earlier in the week and decided that we would not let the rain stop us. Arizona ended up having record rainfall that started on Thursday and we were hiking that following Saturday. It continued to rain with very strong winds as I drove out to our meeting spot.
I pulled in to the First Water road turn off and Dave and Heidi pulled in very shortly after. As Dave and I were discussing whether or not to take both vehicles all the way back to the trail head my Jeep decided to play a nice little prank on me. I am not sure if the wind blew the door shut or if I shut it but either way my Jeep proceeded to lock the doors with the keys in the ignition and running.
Photo Credit Hedi – bananabuzzbomb.com
As Dave and I were discussing which window would be cheaper to replace if knocked out a ranger drives past. We wave him over and ask if he has anything to help unlock the Jeep. He had lent out some of his tools not to long prior and they never returned. He did however have two wedges. Using the wedges and some creative thinking on Dave’s part we managed to get the door unlocked. This whole ordeal only set up back about 20 minutes.
Back on the road we headed down to the trail head and got our stuff together and headed off into the rain. The first bit of the trail was flat which was a nice starter section to allow us to chat and to find our pace. The mountains were glowing green a green I had never seen before. We hiked a little further and came across our first obstacle. A quick moving but shallow runoff stream. We all crossed without any problems. My Columbia Master of Faster Shoes kept my feet nice and dry.
The rain had let up and the wind died down creating perfect hiking weather. We managed to get in a few more miles before we hit Boulder Creek. As we got closer to Boulder creek we noticed in the distance a series of waterfalls. We were hoping to get over there and check them out. As we came round a bend we found that Boulder Creek was not a creek but instead a raging creek.
The swollen Boulder Creek
We found a shallow place to cross however it was still almost knee deep in places. There was no avoiding getting your feet wet so we all just stepped in and safely crossed. The water was chilly and moving quickly. Heidi and I both said that we had gotten a little bit disorientated by the quick moving water and the light colored rocks in places. Once across we duped out our shoes and headed up the mountain to check out the awesome water falls. We found a nice little place to stop to have lunch and Dave says “Anyone care for a hot beverage?” as he pulls out his JetBoil.
Hot Beverages provided by “Adventure Dave” of the “Adventure Dave Experience”
Always time for a product plug.
Out view from our lunch spot.
We enjoyed a fantastic snack of Epic Bars, Backpacker Pucks, Coffee, Cider and other goodies. Dave goes scrambling up the mountain to take a closer look at he waterfalls. Heidi and I decided to pass on this little adventure. A few minutes later he yells saying that we have to come up and join him. Heidi and I both were a little leery about climbing up, but we were very happy we did in the end.
Looking back at our lunch spot and Boulder Creek
ts always a good time for gear testing #tryingstuff!!
A close view of the waterfall.
We scrambled back down picked up our gear and headed back towards Boulder Creek. The water levels had gone down some but the water was still moving quickly. We crossed the creek again without any issues. Overall it was a fantastic day with great people.
In order for you to have happy trails you gotta get out and hike.
Several weeks back the #omnicollective was sent a very vague email that simply stated that we need to keep the days of January seven through eleven open for an adventure. The use of the tag #omnigames was used several times and there was also mention of needing an up to date passport.
The #omnicollecive has our ideas but in all honesty we have no idea what’s going on. The excitement is almost to much to bear.
There was a hint to something being sent out but that was almost a week ago. What I can tell you is that all 30 #omniteners have been invited to the #omnigames. Hopefully whatever has been sent out will provide us with some information.
Like always more to come and happy trails.
While working at Backwoods in overland park I met a gentleman named Matt who was introduced to me as the Backpacker Puck guy. I had no idea what they were talking about at first but every now and again he would stop in give us samples of his line of meal bars.
He describes them as a mixture of 9 to 12 ingredients both wet and dry. They will always have a nut chopped or in butter form and a fruit. There are several savory flavors that include: Chocolate Cherry, Peanut Butter Banana, Pumpkin Spice, and his latest flavor Apples and Cinnamon. He is always working on new flavors and mixtures. He has stated he is looking into some type of a Pistachio Puck.
The pucks are incredibly filling and dense but moist enough that they fall apart. Each puck has incredible flavoring. The thing that sets them apart is that unlike many of the other bars is that they are low in sugar and sodium. They pack a high calorie punch as well. Averaging around 450 calories per bar. They also pack a whopping 27% of your daily fiber. All of which are fantastic for adventures of any kind.
Make sure you take a look at the packaging because he has some fantastic instructions on each puck.
“Recommended for people who want to rock out hardcore!!”
“Recommended for people who want to defeat fear!!!! Enjoy the Power”
I am very excited to get out on the trail and give these pucks a true workout. If you would like to know more information about the Backpackers Pucks or to order them check out the Backpacker Pucks Facebook page. Matt is currently working on a website in which you can order directly from the site. At present he is taking orders directly through messages and emails via the Facebook page.
Many of you have been following along as I drove from Kansas to Arizona last week. I wanted to give everyone a quick update on how it all went and to be honest why I moved.
I will not go into all of details but lets just say some things in life changed and new opportunities presented themselves while other doors were closed. Some good friends of mine sent me a message saying that their roommate at that time was moving out and that they had need of a new roommate. With what all was going in my life at that time a fresh start was needed and they just so happened to live close to the mountains. After some time spent pondering it over, I decided that if I passed up this opportunity I would kick myself in the future.
I spent the next month consolidating all my stuff down to what was needed. What was needed would go into the jeep to be moved to Arizona. The rest went into storage. A date to move out was selected, two week notices were given. One of the nice things is one of my jobs is allowing me to work remotely which makes the move much more of a possibility having an income right away. Also having a place to live lined up also closed the deal.
I loaded up the Jeep with as much stuff as I could and headed west. The drive went very well however 20 hours of driving into the sun across vast expanses of dusty isolated road would drive anyone crazy. I have no idea how people did it in covered wagons.
Two days later I made it to Arizona. I have not been exploring yet but I can guarantee that it will be happening soon. Lots of new areas to explore and lots of new adventures in life to experience.
Happy trails whether they be paved or dirt. Also remember to keep #tryingstuff
I have been trying to find the right words to describe the entire Columbia #omniten Rogue whitewater rafting trip and some times the words of just one person can not do such an epic adventure justice. I present to you the #omniten Rogue Adventure wrap up. Shot and Edited by Mark Going. Mark is the Columbia Sportswear staff photographer. An incredible Photographer at that and awesome person. Check out the video below.
Cheers to you #omniten family and Columbia staff who put the entire trip together see you on our next adventure.
It has been almost a week since the 2013 Spring #omniten crew returned home from an adventure of epic proportions. I am still having trouble putting it all into words. I will be blogging more about the trip in the coming weeks. What makes this adventure so special?
Columbia chose 10 social media addicts flew them to Medford Oregon where the #omniten were outfitted with the latest and greatest Columbia gear. We were taken into the wilds of the Oregon wilderness where we had no connections to the outside world. Lead by the amazing guides from Rogue Wilderness Adventures we attacked the Rogue River and all of its adventure head on. We came we paddled and we conquered the Rogue. We even partook in many adult beverages.
Each one of us has our own take on the whole trip but the biggest aspect of the trip was that these 10 strangers are now not only a small little family but also part of the larger #Omniten and Columbia family. I am still very honored to have been chosen to take part in this very special adventure and look forward to so many more to come with our #omnifamily.
The #omniteners, Columbia Staff and even the Guides all connected in such a way that it seemed as if we had been doing trips like this for many years and we had just picked up where we left off from where we left off last.
So what are the #omniblues? The #omniblues is the moment in which you must return from an epic adventure with amazing people and you look back on the fun times the inside jokes and all of that ranch dressing. A part of you will stay on the Rogue waiting for your return with the #omniten who you share an incredible bond.
I want to thank Columbia and their awesome staffers who made this incredible adventure possible.
Happy Adventures and remember that the river is calling.