Looks like I've got my meals planned out for this weekend's backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail. I'll be eating warm breakfasts & suppers with cold lunches. I figure: I'll be hiking during the day anyway and won't want to stop to break out the stove. The Mountain House freeze dried meals I'm eating are pretty good actually. I'm looking forward to trying a couple new meals this weekend. Yep, considering these meals have a shelf life of 7 years, they pack good flavor, lots of valuable carbohydrates and (here's the best part) they weigh next to nothing. The average meal weighs a whopping 2.5 oz.