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Sous Vide Steak in the Wild

Josh and I have always been outdoor enthusiasts with a love for great food, and are always looking to combine our amazing outdoor adventures with great views and a delicious meal. One of our most memorable adventures was a quest to cook the perfect sous vide steak in the wild. As many of our fellow food enthusiasts know, the sous vide cooking technique is popular in many top restaurants and featured often on reality cooking shows. Food is vacuum sealed in a pouch and then immersed in a water bath at a carefully controlled temperature, for a long time… up to several days. It’s ideal for meat, because it cooks to a perfect, uniform doneness, and makes virtually any cut exceptionally tender. We thought if we found the right conditions in the wild, we could create a natural sous vide.

First, we needed to find a natural hot spring with the right temperature — 140 degrees Fahrenheit. We found this helpful guide which led us to Gamma Hot Springs in the Glacier Peak wilderness. The information we could find on Gamma was sketchy. We knew it would be a tough hike, and some reports said that the Hot Springs didn’t really exist. However, we were determined and with a few steaks in our pack, we headed off…

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