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Outdoor Herbivore


Aquatic Critters in your Drinking Water
That cold fast moving clear mountain spring appears pristine to the naked eye, but microscopic organisms are thriving in its water by the millions. If ingested, some of these microorganisms can cause severe gastrointestinal infections resulting in diarrhea and vomiting. Two such common microorganisms you might encounter in wilderness waters are Giardia and Cryptosporidium.  Here we ...read more

Eating on the Playa: Food options for Burning Man
Many are preparing for the journey to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to be part of the temporary community called Black Rock City. Organizers describe this event as an experimental community centered on radical self-expression and art. Participants must bring and prepare their own food. To make it easier, we’ve made a list of suitable ...read more

Staying Cool on the Trail in Hot Weather
Staying Cool Tip#1: Perspiration & Evaporation When you get overheated and begin to sweat, your skin appears pinkish because the capillaries open up near the skin and release water and salts. As the sweat evaporates, it transfers internal heat from the core to the surface of your skin for rapid cooling. The blood near the surface ...read more

What you need to know about Blacklegged Ticks and Lyme Disease
There are plenty of biting insects out there. Although annoying, most biting insects cause no harm to humans or animals. The exceptions are the blood-feeding pests that can vector many etiological pathogens, such as mosquitoes and ticks. In the U.S., the Black Legged tick, also known as the deer tick, can spread the Lyme disease ...read more

10 Easy No Cook Backpacking Lunches
Lunch on the trail should be easy, quick, and high energy. Eating a large meal in the afternoon can slow you down, so your strategy is to eat light and often by snacking during the day and having a light meal for lunch. These cold water prep meals are packed in complex carbohydrates, are quick and easy ...read more

Where Bear Canisters are Mandatory in the US Parks & Forest
Carrying a bear canister is something that backpackers have to do in many US National Parks and most areas of the California Sierra. Here is the most current information (as of March 2017) on where bear-resistant containers are required, what type, and when. ...read more

Muir Trail Ranch Resupply
Reader Question: We will be hiking the John Muir Trail this summer and would like for you to send a resupply to Muir Trail Ranch. Is it possible for Outdoor Herbivore to ship food to the ranch? As I’m sure you’re aware, they require packages to be packed in a plastic bucket, are you able to ...read more

Bee Better
After thoughtful consideration, we’ve decided to discontinue Bee Good Couscous for 2017. This product contains bee pollen, which comes from the pollen of plants collected by honeybees. Honeybees have been dying off in record number for more than a decade because of human interference. In good consciousness, we will no longer purchase products coming from bees. ...read more

Turmeric + Ginger + Cranberry: A Powerful Fusion
Food calories equate to more than energy, some contain powerful healing properties. Here we highlight three such foods: 1. Turmeric Turmeric contains curcumin, which is notable for its ability to reduce joint and muscle pain. It works much the same as an over the counter anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen. Turmeric also shows positive results ...read more

International Travel: Backpacking Gear and U.S. Customs
If you are planning to travel to the United States to go backpacking, you might be wondering what items you can bring with you. We’ll cover what backpacking gear is permitted in your carry-on and checked luggage so you can quickly get through U.S. customs without a problem. Backpacking Food & U.S. Customs Generally, the ...read more