Leaf Foliage Lesson

Leaf Foliage Lesson
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” ~Stanley Horowitz Autumn is a spectacular time of color in many areas, and the Appalachians are no exception.  From radiant reds to mustard yellow, the vibrant display of color is short-lived, earning leaf-peeping peak priority. What causes ...

Coconut: your backpacking food companion 2

Coconut: your backpacking food companion
Coconuts are harvested from the coconut palm tree, which flourish in tropical climates such as the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, and India. They also grow on the U.S. mainland in South Florida. Coconuts have made it to the shore of nearly every continent, unassisted by human effort. They can travel up to 3 months in the ...

Nutrient loss in dried foods 5

Nutrient loss in dried foods
Did you ever wonder if fresh food contains the same nutrients as its dried counterpart? Let’s examine what happens when food is dried. There are 4 basic steps involved in preserving food by drying – Harvesting Storing Processing Drying Raw, fresh food at the moment it is harvested contains the highest content of nutrients, but ...

Nutritional Yeast 3

Nutritional Yeast
We often are asked why we use nutritional yeast in some of our products. Nutritional yeast is a concentrated source of protein and B-complex vitamins and is prized for its creamy, cheese-like flavor. It makes an excellent condiment to take backpacking because it requires no refrigeration and has a long shelf-life. It makes a versatile ...

Map Skills Primer

Map Skills Primer
Knowing how to read a topographic map is an important skill for navigating the backcountry. Make sure you understand how to follow a topographic map before your hike — especially if you plan to be in a remote area. Here we’ll cover the basics and provide some online sources for finding topographic hiking maps. We will also feature some external ...

Trail Bar Recipe 4

Trail Bar Recipe
We’ve talked about Lara Bars before. These simple bars combine a few basic raw ingredients, such as dates, berries and nuts into some delicious flavors. Not only do they burst with taste, but they are loaded in healthy calories (200+ per bar). We’ll show you how you can make these EASY fruit and nut bars ...