ALPINEAIRE CLAS­SIC GUA­CAMOLE

UP­GRADE EV­ERY MEAL WITH THIS ULTRALIGHT AND ULTRATASTY GUAC.

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Go­ing gourmet and go­ing light shouldn’t be mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive. And though some peo­ple would willingly pack in a half dozen av­o­ca­dos in the purist pur­suit of the real thing, we’d rather carry AlpineAire’s Clas­sic Gua­camole. In camp after a long day in the Weminuche, we were able to re­hy­drate the freeze-dried mix in sec­onds with just a splash of cold wa­ter and a quick stir. It was rich and bal­anced enough to put the fin­ish­ing touch on bur­ri­tos, and light enough to throw in a day­pack to add 17 grams of fat and 150 calo­ries to salami wraps dur­ing a sum­mit bid. “I usu­ally lose my ap­petite when I’m work­ing hard at alti­tude,” says one tester. “But you soon re­al­ize that’s im­pos­si­ble with this stuff around.” Think­ing we might have a wilder­ness hunger bias, we also mixed some up at the of­fice and saw it dis­ap­pear just as fast as it did on the moun­tain. At $9 per pack­age, it’s a lit­tle pricey, but that’s the cost for a com­bi­na­tion of taste, tex­ture, and spice that’s hard to find in any in­stant dip, let alone one that’s sup­posed to re­sem­ble a fresh veg­etable.

$9; 2 oz.; alpineaire.com

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