Backcountry chef Theresa Calow of Alpine Kitchen Creations is all the time on the go. Whether or not she is out crushing 5.12s and 5.13s at her native crag or getting ready meals for lengthy ski traverses, she definitely blurs the road between taking part in and dealing.

Calow climbing within the Bugaboos. Picture: Craig McGee.

Calow resides within the Canadian Rockies, however has labored throughout Western Canada, from Western Alberta to the coast of British Columbia. Catering for such lodges as Assiniboine Lodge and Skoki Lodge, Calow’s workbench is extra lovely than most individuals’s holidays.

“I’ve been working and taking part in within the backcountry for over 20 years and I discover it’s the place the place I’m the happiest,” Calow tells ASN. “I discover that cooking provides me stability between the bodily facets of my out of doors endeavors. Puttering round a kitchen in yoga pants and creating meals for folks to get pleasure from is one thing that has turn into part of me.”

All the time smiling, Calow is in her aspect within the outdoor. Picture: Andrea Eitle.

Calow’s job as a “backcountry chef” can fluctuate from getting ready meals for different’s adventures (from solo journeys to massive crews), to touring with teams and getting ready meals whereas within the backcountry. These aren’t the common “freeze-dried” meals you may discover at a tenting retailer, however recent gourmet-style choices from bacon-wrapped pineapple with water chestnuts, to meatless meatloaf (eggplant, mushrooms, tofu and walnuts) served with mushroom gravy.

Since these meals are being carried into and made within the backcountry, Calow has to completely handle the burden of the substances, methods to pack them and continuously finds herself crafting recipes on the fly utilizing what she has. It may be a science, nevertheless it’s rewarding to see folks get pleasure from her creations whereas adventuring.

Work, climb, repeat. Backcountry chef Theresa Calow has the good job. Picture courtesy of Alpine Kitchen Creations

“I really feel very fortunate to have been capable of dwell one of these life-style,” Calow says. “I’m often with good pals sharing an expertise or cooking for nice individuals who have come to the mountains for an expertise totally different from common life. To carry these worlds collectively and feed people who find themselves having fun with the mountains is basically particular.”

For these of us who can’t carry Calow alongside on the following expedition, we requested her to share two of her favourite on-the-trail recipes.

Morning Glory Muffins:

We made Calow’s Morning Glory muffins and we are able to attest that they’re superb! Picture: Kate Erwin.

Makes 16 common muffins.


-1 1/four cup sugar

-2 1/four cup flour

-1 tbsp cinnamon

-2 tsp baking soda

-1 tsp baking powder

-1 pinch of salt

-1/2 cup shredded coconut

-3/four cup raisins

-1 apple, grated

-1 cup crushed pineapple

-2 cups carrots, peeled and grated

-1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

-Three eggs

-1 cup oil

-1 tsp vanilla


-Combine all the things collectively in a bowl, being cautious to not over-mix.

-Bake in 350 diploma oven for 20 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clear.

Notice: This batter freezes properly, and so do the baked muffins – that are nice to have in your freezer to seize and go.

Glad Trails Energy Cookie:

Glad Trails cookies definitely make completely satisfied tummies. Picture: Courtesy of Kate Erwin.

Makes 10 massive cookies.


-1 cup butter

-1 cup brown sugar

-1/2 cup sugar

-2 tsp vanilla

-Three eggs

-2 1/2 cup flour

-2 tsp baking powder

-1/2 tsp baking soda

-1 pinch of salt

-2 cups oats

-1 cup choc chips

-1 cup raisins

-1 cup walnuts

-1/2 cup hemp seeds


-Combine the primary 5 moist substances.

-Add the dry substances.

-Combine with spoon or clear arms, till a chunky dough is shaped.

-Utilizing an ice cream scoop or tablespoon, scoop on to cookie sheet.

-Bake at 350 levels for 12-15 minutes.

-Notice: Freeze pre-dropped cookie dough and have them useful to bake one other day.

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