Few things beat the experience of climbing a mountain, taking in the breathtaking view at the summit, then treating yourself to a refreshing drink at the bottom. While you could choose treks based on which trails end at pubs (I have), longer hikes and overnight expeditions require a little more planning. You’ll need drinks that are lightweight, durable, efficient and, of course, tasty.
Before we get to the good stuff, there are a few safety measures to keep in mind.
- Remember, confiscated booze is wasted booze, so make sure what you’re doing is legal. Not all outdoor public spaces condone drinking, and rules vary from park to park. Double check online or with a ranger beforehand.
- Never mix water from wild sources with your alcohol—bacteria is likely lurking even if the water appears clean and running. Carry your own water or use proper sterilization methods.
- Always wash fruity, sugary residue out of your bottles before hitting the hay, unless you have room in your tent for a bear or two.
- Earn it. Drinking alcohol causes dehydration, impairs judgement and coordination, and makes acclimatizing to altitude harder. So don’t drink while you hike. Save it for the campfire that night.
- Leave no trace! Carry in, carry out. The earth thanks you.
OK, now that those bummers are out of the way, where were we?