Gear: Compact meals for climbing, river trips, trail

Mountain House developed its line of Pro-Paks to offer condensed versions of its traditional dehydrated backpacking meals for climbers, who don't have a lot of space in their gear.

But the new meals also fit the bill for minimalist backpackers and river runners doing self-support trips.

 Pro-Paks are vacuumed-sealed to maintain their small size in the highest of altitudes. Because the pouches are vacuum-sealed, they won’t expand as climbers go higher and higher, preserving both space and the food inside.

Pro-Paks come in a variety of meals, including Chicken Teriyaki with Rice, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Beef Stew. Like all Mountain House foods, they take one-step preparation : just add hot water. And since the foods can be eaten right from the pouch, clean up is easy.

Cost is around $7, depending on the meal.


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