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Virtual Pack Day One Meals (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

Virtual Pack: Day One Meals

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by Addie Morstad | 2008-01-25 21:55:00-07

This product feature was published in conjunction with the Virtual Pack Project from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008. Click here for more information about the ORWM 2008 Virtual Pack Project.

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Backpacker's Gourmet Dark Chocolate is fudge wrapped in food grade wax with a high melting point. Waterproof and pliable in cold temps, they bill themselves as "weatherproof chocolate." Also, the wax is pretty, and the fudge is DELICIOUS.


Honey Stinger Protein Bar - Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Pro
Weight (oz): 3.2
MSRP: $2.49


Roast Marmot
Weight: about 12 lbs
Roasted using Grandpa's Fire Fork

Backpacker's Gourmet Dark Chocolate – Raspberry
Weight (oz): 6.4
MSRP: $9.99

Clif Shot Electrolyte: Hot Apple Cider
Weight (oz): 1.5
MSRP: $1.49


I chose the Honey Stinger Bar for Bob because it was tasty and different. The bar is 25% honey, so the flavor is great, and I wanted him to eat it early in his trip before it froze and broke all his teeth. Also, the 20 g of protein were the shot in the arm Bob needed to stay warm and moving.

The marmot was a clear choice: it arrived to taunt poor Bob and see if there was any more gear for the noshing. Bob was able to take his vengeance and roasted the wretched critter using Grandpa's Fire Fork by Light My Fire.

The Backpacker's Chocolate is not only gorgeous, it provided dense, fat-full calories to keep him warm through the night (he doesn't have a sleeping bag yet!).

He also needed something to clear his palate, and the Clif Shot Cider was one of the only truly palatable drinks I found on the ORWM floor. Hot and comforting, it replenished Bob's electrolytes without all the bells and whistles (and racing pulse) of an energy drink.

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Grandpa's Fire Fork by Light My Fire. MSRP: $4.99


"Virtual Pack Day One Meals (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)," by Addie Morstad. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2008-01-25 21:55:00-07.


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Richard Sullivan
(richard.s) - MLife

Locale: Supernatural BC
Marmot Helium vs. Montbell #1 on 01/28/2008 15:23:59 MST Print View

Wouldn't the Marmot Helium be a better choice at 7 oz less? Or the Helium EQ and save the weight of a bivy sack?

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Marmot Helium vs. Montbell #1 on 01/28/2008 18:25:16 MST Print View

Hi Richard-

The Marmot Helium or Helium EQ certainly would have made a fine choice for Bob's trip. As we plan for Bob to have a 4-season tent, the EQ version shouldn't be needed. As for the standard helium, Marmot apparently didn't have one on display at their booth for photos, so it didn't fit our only-gear-found-at-OR criteria.



Jeffrey Dunning
(boredomhero) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Cost revisited on 01/28/2008 21:00:30 MST Print View

OK, I'll bite. Even though I'm a summer camper I can manage to use my existing clothing and go for a winter camp trip with Bob. New sleeping bag, Pack, Probe,(I'll borrow a PIEPS from a friend!), plus that cool hat. The cost should be under $750..lets go!

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
(Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) OR Cascadia Gaiter on 01/29/2008 10:59:18 MST Print View

My wife and I have these and am very happy with them. They offer a lot of performance for their weight in full-on winter conditions with an abundance of snow!

bill keiser
(sharpstick) - F
Whiz Freedom = Whiz Easy on 02/01/2008 06:10:03 MST Print View

It looks like it is available now. They say they will ship from the UK, but it is pricy.
available from canada: $20 + $5

I'm going to show this to my wife. She's tried some similar products, but had a backup problem because of the small spout.

Bill Keiser

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Virtual Pack Complete on 02/03/2008 05:24:55 MST Print View

Hi All-

I just wanted to send out a quick note to let everyone know that the Virtual Pack is now complete.

Thank you for all of your comments and suggestions as we built Bob's kit.