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Expedition Cooking: Thanksgiving Feast Edition
Posted on November 25, 2015

No soup for us? Ben and Chris cook up the first course in the Torngat.

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holiday weekends. Food, friends, family, football and hopefully some time in the mountains—skiing, hiking, paddling or climbing—to burn off all those extra calories. We’re thankful for a lot of things this year—snow in the Cascades, our new custom MicroTherms, good climbing partners, but really, who doesn’t appreciate all the good food and drink we’re about to enjoy tomorrow. But nothing tastes better than a well-earned expedition meal. To celebrate this great holiday we’re publishing with a gallery of our best backcountry cooking moments from a guide and athlete team who knows how to consume and then burn some serious calories. It should stoke your own hunger—for both tasty cuisine and outdoor action before all of America hits the road this afternoon in search of a feast. Enjoy. —LYA Editor

Edibles in the Torngat Mountains National Park. Saved the day when the food cache didn't arrive. P: Ben Stookesberry

 

Course One: Hunting, Gathering and Aps.

Top: No soup for us? Ben and Chris cook up the first course in the Torngat. 

Above: Edibles in the Torngat Mountains National Park. Saved the day when the food cache didn’t arrive. P: Ben Stookesberry. L to R: 1. Arctic Char anyone? Stookesberry eats what he catches in the Torngat. 2. Ben Stookesberry, famished, on the George River canoe route in Labrador. 3. Food at last!  Ben Marr famished on board a local fishing boat at the mouth of the Koroc 18 days after leaving George River in the Torngat. 

Reggie Crist brews up the wake up in Haines, Alaska. P: Wissman

 

Course Two: The Separation is in the Preparation. 

Above: Reggie Crist brews up the wake up in Haines, Alaska. P: Wissman. L to R: 1. Caroline George fries up the bacon in Antarctica, en route to an ascent of Mt. Vinson. P: Jake Norton. 2. Mushrooms, local Torngat harvest and likely edible. P: Ben Marr. 3. Tipiliuke staff preparing for the traditional Argentine asado at Tipiluke lodge in Argentina.

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Course Three: Last minute shopping. 

Above: Chris Korbulic prepares for a huge feast in Norway. P: Ale Socci. L to R: 1. Stocking up on provisions at the Jomson Shopping Complex.  Melissa Arnot en route to the Mustang. P: Jon Mancuso. 2. The Mesa de Los Santos farmers market is a blur of locally produced food and commercial items.   Mason Earle and Katie Lambert stock up in Colombia. P: Ben Ditto. 3. Super Market, Iso Gorge, Papua Guinea kayak trip. P: Chris Korbulic.

Hippie Chickens at the refugio in La Mojarra. P: Ben Ditto

 

Course Four: Eat local. 

Above: Hippie Chickens at the refugio in La Mojarra. L to R: 1. Harvesting the local fare, flying ant harvest in La Mojarra, Colombia. 2. Frutas? Colombian signage. 3. Mason Earle brings the Colombian bananas. Photos: Ben Ditto

Meat sweats. Grilled to perfection at glacier base camp in the Freshfields of the Canadian Rockies. P: Bruno Long

 

Course Five: The Meat Sweats. 

Above: Meat sweats. Grilled to perfection at glacier base camp in the Freshfields of the Canadian Rockies. P: Bruno Long. L to R: 1. Friends, food and a feast in the Freshfields of BC. P: Bruno Long. 2. The asado coals are ready to go. Las Lenas, Argentina. 3. Eating grilled sausages in the warmest place at Arpa, the guide’s common area. A chimney provides heat and dries skiboots, the people provide the stories. P: Neumann

Baked goods in the Marquesas Islands. P: Andrew Burr

 

Course Six: Baked Goods.

Above: Baked goods in the Marquesas Islands. P: Andrew Burr. L to R: 1. Caroline George arrives with the French baguette, on approach in the Verdon Gorge. P: Ben Ditto 2. Melissa Arnot consuming yummy local treats near the village of Tashigoan, Nepal P: David Morton. 3. EB athlete Katie Lambert making pizza for the team in Cirque of the Unclimbables,  Northwest Territories.

Campfire desert at City of Rocks, Idaho. P: Jeremiah Watt

 

Course Seven: Dessert. 

Above: Campfire desert at City of Rocks, Idaho. P: Jeremiah Watt. L to R: Kyle Miller feasts in the mountains on the American Alps traverse. P: Jason Hummel. 2. Katie and Caroline enjoy hot chocolate at the Refugio Urriellu, 4-star service high in the mountains. P: Ben Ditto. 3. Sasha and Erik Leidecker sharing the rewards of Sasha’s successful lead, Rock City, Almo, ID.

Reggie Crist and Seth Waterfall bring the beer in Haines, Alaska. P: Wissman

 

Course Eight: Friends and Family. 

Above: Reggie Crist and Seth Waterfall bring the beer in Haines, Alaska. P: Wissman. L to R: 1. Fueling up in El Chalten. Chris Coulter, Drew Tabke and the late Liz Daley in a happier moment. P: Chris Figenshau P: Jeremiah Watt. 2. After 3 days of trekking and more than a week of meager rations, celebration inside the electric bear fence at the Palmer/ Koroc intersection on the Torngat expedition. Pedro Oliva, Ben Marr, Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesberry. 3. Erik Leidecker & Mason Earle, East Creek Basin, The Bugaboos, Purcell Mountains, Lardeau Provincial Forest, British Colombia, Canada. P: Andrew Burr

Whiskey for apres. Jake Norton and David Morton, post-Fury in the North Cascades.

 

Corse Nine: Holiday Cheer. 

Above: Whiskey for apres. Jake Norton and David Morton, post-Fury in the North Cascades. P: Jeremiah Watt. L to R: 1. Manfred offers Mason Earle a glass of his Banana moonshine in the Marquesas Islands. P: Andrew Burr.  2. Cheers to another successful climb. Ken McBride celebrates after another climb of the Grand Teton. P: Chris Figenshau. 3. Lynsey Dyer, Lexi Dupont, Wyatt Caldwell and Yancy Caldwell celebrate friends and family in Revelstoke, BC. P: Garrett Grove

Getting to the summit is optional. Getting down for a beer is mandatory. Apres after Borah Peak, ID.

Guide's rest upon return from an ascent of Mt. Vinson, Antartica. P: Jake Norton

Course Ten: Rest and Relaxation. 

Top: Getting to the summit is optional. Getting down for a beer is mandatory. Apres after Borah Peak, ID. 

Above: Guide’s rest upon return from an ascent of Mt. Vinson, Antartica. P: Jake Norton

 

 

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