During the early fall of 2007, we assembled a team of scientists, journalists and professional kayakers to attempt the first exploratory kayak mission on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. This effort required weeks of hiking through dense, steep, wet jungle and five days of travel by whitewater kayak through difficult whitewater and steep gorges. Packing for this trip and ensuring that we had the appropriate food to fuel our bodies was a daunting task and one that needed to be planned very carefully.
The staple foods of Papua New Guinea are taro, caucau and singapoe, root vegetables that are extremely bland and offer very limited nutritional value. For protein, the local people depend on wild and domesticated pig, both of which carry a harmful (to us) bacterial called trichinosis. Our AlpineAire Foods freeze-dried meals though, were a lightweight, nutritious solution to our food worries. They are lightweight, compact and durable enough to be packed in our kayaks. We were burning thousands of calories a day as we hiked and paddled eight hours a day for weeks on end, hardly able to wait until the end of the day when we could devour a hot meal.
Our personal favorites were Blueberry Honey Granola with Milk, Chicken Almond Salad with Crackers, Mountain Chili and Chocolate Mud Slide.
Professional Kayaker / Adventurer
Having quality freeze dried food from AlpineAire Foods was crucial during our long stints in the jungle. We supplemented our food intake with lots of local cuisine, but
since that only involved 5 types of root vegetable -all variations of potatoes- we spent most of each day thinking about Mountain Chili, Beef Rotini, or if it was a big day, any of the amazing desserts.
Thanks for making it possible!
Professional Kayaker / Adventurer
I am writing to thank you and AlpineAire Foods again for your help in sponsoring my friend Asa Firestone and me in our expedition to Venezuela earlier this year. The freeze dried entrees that we got from you guys were fantastic and our entire team, as well as many of the natives helping us, enjoyed it thoroughly. Although you probably did not know it, many of the dishes go very well with grilled piranha!
Thanks again for the help; we look forward to using all of your products on future expeditions.
We discovered AlpineAire Foods early on in our Adventure Racing days (Eco Challenge era). When you’re out there racing for nearly a week straight and you don't have the luxury of having a support crew waiting at the transition areas with hot meals cooked in your RV, you really learn how valuable AlpineAire Foods hot meals truly are! Nothing like quickly preparing a hot meal of Black Bart Chili, Chicken Gumbo or Hurry Curry Chicken while your competitors are over chewing on stale dry energy bars. A hot meal in the middle of a mountain blizzard can be just what the doctor ordered to bolster up the energy to head out on a 15 hour trek over a half dozen mountain passes. If you haven't tried AlpineAire Foods freeze dried instant meals, you're miles behind your competition!
Mike Kloser - Team Nike
Professional Adventure Racer
I am proud to announce my newest sponsor AlpineAire Foods, which for those of you who don’t know, offer the most innovative, healthy & delicious camping food on the market. I mean they have been around forever feeding starving adventurers like myself since the 70’s. My empty belly and nose is what led me to their booth at the trade show. What I found there was tantalizingly delicious and nutritious. From Shrimp Alfredo to Hurry Curry Chicken, desserts, breakfast, soups, you name it these guys make it all.
Isaac Ezekiel Caldiero
I am still in Argentina but I have finished climbing in Patagonia. The weather has completely socked us in bringing the climbing season to an end. Our time in Patagonia went well, and we got some good climbing and photography done. However, we struggled with an abnormally bad weather year, and we did not reach any summits. Your product worked out awesome! At the end of the day it was always nice to know we would be eating well! Thanks AlpineAire Foods so much for letting us use your product
Climber / Photographer
I’d like to thank you and AlpineAire Foods for your support this year. As you know, it was our first year of expedition racing. It wasn’t easy to take on Primal Quest and Baja Travers as rookies, and we were very glad to have your help.
Both Baja and at Primal Quest, a huge chunk of our calories came from your food. You literally fueled our Finish! At both races we exceeded our own expectations, and we couldn’t have done that by choking down energy bars.
Again, thank you. You’ve help make it a great year for our team.
Adventure Racer, Team Lucky
I can't believe it's been almost 10 years since I started the sport of adventure racing, and Alpine Aire Foods has been there every step of the way.
As you know, the food we take into races has to meet criteria just as challenging as the events themselves. Alpine Aire has provided us with meals that have been quick and easy to prepare in any environment (from the desert sands to the triple canopy jungles to the high mountain peaks) and with no flavor fatigue!
As the sport grew, so did your accommodating product line that provide us the great tasting energy we need at the spur of the moment. (When you've been awake for three or four days straight, running, cycling, paddling, climbing, you really look forward to a a hot instant meal instead of sugar shots and bars.)
All my best,
AlpineAire Foods was a godsend on our resent trip to the Palisades region of the Sierras. The ease of preparing wholesome good tasting, hot and cold meals, quickly and easily in the foil pouch was so important to our successful climb of the 14,000 peak. After our climb, it was necessary to quickly descend to lower elevation yet we had not eaten a meal since breakfast. We quickly boiled water and had a hot meal and trekked on until after nightfall. I wouldn't have been able to make it without the Beef Stroganoff, my favorite.
Ultra-light expeditions require ultra-lightweight yet filling and nutritious meals. AlpineAire Foods fits the bill every time. I've been using AlpineAire Foods exclusively for eight years and it never falls short of any expectation. Nothing ends a long day like a filling, tasty meal. AlpineAire Foods never fails to satisfy.
Placer County Sheriff Mountain Rescue Team
Thank you again for your generous contribution to Big City Mountaineers. Because of your support, BCM conducted its most successful season in our history. Your food, as always, is a huge hit. A hot meal at the end of the day is what keeps these kids going.
Big City Mountaineers
I have now spent nearly two years surviving in rugged environments while eating AlpineAire Foods, and still enjoy them.
Thanks for all the support.
Brad Van Liew
It had been some two years, at least since I'd last had an Alpine Aire. No particular reason to avoid them, in fact I've always loved the product.
I was reminded of just what I've been missing this past weekend. After dragging my hypothermic & bloody carcass, and those of my 3 teammates, (barely recognizable at this time)....across the finish line for the victory in Cal Eco Yosemite in 28 hours and 27k vertical feet of climbing…
Kathryn from Team Night Train quickly recognized our dire situation. She sat me down....and proceeded to feed me the finest meal I've had in recent memory. It was directly from the package....something "chili con...something".
All I know is that hot, flavorful food hitting my belly pulled me from one of the most serious environmental exposures and exhaustion I've had in my 7 year adventure racing career.
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I am writing on behalf of the men and women in our squadron who are working in the Middle East for the Desert Storm Operation. The people in our unit are aircraft mechanics and they are keeping planes flying 24 hours a day… I am writing to you because AlpineAire Foods camping meals are the finest I have ever eaten.
Robert A. Kowal
Lt. Col. United States
Leonardo da Fettuccine is OUT OF THIS WORLD!
When it came to our attention that members of the NASA Shuttle program were requesting Leonardo da Fettuccine as a part of the menu on their flights what were we to do? We donated it of course!
Alpine Aire Foods
I don't think I've spoken to you since our race in Chile in late February. We won by 17 hours. AlpineAire Foods was a Huuuuuuge hit -- especially when it was the only food that any team had AT ALL during our 12 hour hostage crisis at check point #14 with no food/gear. I had to split my coveted Brown Rice & Chicken entree with 16 drooling South Americans who gobbled their one spoonful each like it was the best meal they'd EVER had. Then they all passed the foil pouch around to try to find out what this manna from heaven was and talked about the incredible flavor for about an hour.
Thanks again for the killer chow....
World Champion Eco-Challenge Competitor
I just located your site and wanted to say thank you for producing a line of shelf-stable, emergency foods for the dietarily challenged, as it were. Since 9/11, I have kept some things on hand in case of emergencies, but it is quite difficult to find high protein foods (for hypoglycemia), and then find some not filled with chemicals, like MSG, texturized or modified soy or starch, all of which give me screaming migraines. So I have cans and cans of tuna and whole wheat crackers – not much of an emergency diet, but will keep body and soul alive until the lights come back on.
But now there is you, with your cleverly designed packaging and carefully designed ingredients. But most of all, I am grateful that you post the ingredients of the foods along with the description. Now I can see for myself that you have not included any funny chemicals that will trigger a headache. And how inspired of you to include a gluten-free line! Although gluten doesn’t bother me, millions of Americans are sensitive to it and have even more trouble finding acceptable foods.
Bravo, AlpineAire! Way to go! Keep up the good work!
AlpineAire Foods Customer