The Addictive Hunger of ‘Alpine Sandwiches’

Wonderful Canadian website documents the joys of slamming awesome grinds above treeline.


Some things are self evident. The high alpine is awesome. Sandwiches are civilization’s gift to itself. Combine the two of them and angels pour forth from heaven with trumpets. At least, that’s what it seems like when you’re hungry and there’s nothing but sky above you, and it’s all documented in a brilliant website called Alpine Sandwiches.

Daniel Kliger of Pemberton, B.C., spends a lot of time in the backcountry, and he enjoys a good grind, and on every outing, hiking, or backpacking trip he’d take a picture of his lunch.

“I just had a folder on my computer of sandwiches and mountains and I was just showing it to friends and my friends told me I should throw it on a website,” Kliger told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “I did that and suddenly people started sending me photos.”

Well, duh. Alpine. Sandwiches. No brainer.

“I started it as a complete joke, and it still is,” Kliger said, “but people take it pretty seriously.”

They aren’t the only ones. Kliger has 11 rules you have to obey if you want your lunch to have its webby glory. Here are the first six:

1. Your photo should be of the sandwich and the background. If you think that your face should be up on the site you are missing the point here. Feel free to get an arm or hand in there.

2. A wrap is not a sandwich.

3. A sandwich can be open-faced…but you must be specific that this is what you are going after.

4. Ideally your photo should be taken in alpine terrain.This means above treeline or in a climate at high altitude. If you are in a region that does not support this image background, make your best effort and justify it. Any photos on mountains are generally welcome but make an effort to get on a peak or climb something! Please refrain from taking a photo in a forest.

5. A lake photo is not mountainous terrain.

6. Creativity is one of the greatest attributes to a decent sandwich. This being said, don’t make a sandwich just for the sake of getting it on the site (i.e. honey sandwiched between two pieces of apple).

Creativity in sandwich making counts, but you won’t get rejected for submitting a PBJ. In fact, you won’t really get rejected at all, because there’s a separate page for the “denied” sammies.

Here are some of the highlights. Hope you’re hungry.

(Above: Raid the Kitchen Deluxe, Fred Agger, Mt. Whyte, Banff National Park)

Veg and Turk Pedalstone, Brad Christie, Keystone Standard Basin Trail, Revelstoke, B.C.

Veg and Turk Pedalstone, Brad Christie, Keystone Standard Basin Trail, Revelstoke, B.C.

Mt. Baker Freedomwich, Jonathon Doherty, Mt. Baker, Washington

Mt. Baker Freedomwich, Jonathon Doherty, Mt. Baker, Washington

Jean Duczek Memorial Vintage 1979 HIking Sandwich, Robin Duczek, Lake Oesa near Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park, B.C.

Jean Duczek Memorial Vintage 1979 HIking Sandwich, Robin Duczek, Lake Oesa near Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park, B.C.

Salami Triangle, Eddie Gapper, Illecillewaet Valley, Glacier National Park, B.C.

Salami Triangle, Eddie Gapper, Illecillewaet Valley, Glacier National Park, B.C.

Climber's Reward, P-A, Breiskrednosi - Naeroyfjord, Hordaland, Norway

Climber’s Reward, P-A, Breiskrednosi – Naeroyfjord, Hordaland, Norway

Gnarwegian Double D (Dumpster Dive) Special, Charlotte, Kvaløya, Norway.  About the sandwich: Giving ingredients a chance at a second life, all components of this sandwich were rescued from grocery store dumpsters and brought together to produce this marvelous mountaintop masterpiece. Mildly stale whole wheat bread encasing a delectable filling of (expired?) shrimp salad, some type of ham with a name I can't pronounce, Norvegia white cheese, semi-wilty lettuce, and mustard that came out of a tube. Along with a bluebird day and fantastic views of fjords and mountains, this experience took al fresco dining to a whole new elevation. With this new surge of carbs and protein, I was able to continue my day of total radness in true Gnarwegian style.

Gnarwegian Double D (Dumpster Dive) Special, Charlotte, Kvaløya, Norway.
About the sandwich:
Giving ingredients a chance at a second life, all components of this sandwich were rescued from grocery store dumpsters and brought together to produce this marvelous mountaintop masterpiece. Mildly stale whole wheat bread encasing a delectable filling of (expired?) shrimp salad, some type of ham with a name I can’t pronounce, Norvegia white cheese, semi-wilty lettuce, and mustard that came out of a tube. Along with a bluebird day and fantastic views of fjords and mountains, this experience took al fresco dining to a whole new elevation. With this new surge of carbs and protein, I was able to continue my day of total radness in true Gnarwegian style.

Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal.
Showing 7 comments
  • Katherine

    How is this not an Instagram account? I love a good #sandwichoutside

  • Jay Long

    Love it! The views are amazing. The Pabst B.R. through me for a loop, though.

  • Bob D

    I approve of this. A good sammich on a summit? That’s livin, man.

  • acinpdx

    when i pull a pbj out and the dude next to me has a properly balanced sandwich with meat, veggies and a smooth slather to help it slide down, i start to drool and question my travel food ambitions

  • GOOG

    Brilliant. But really I’m just sitting here looking at that top pic wondering how he got through the bread but not what is within said alpenwich. Is that a tortilla chip? Perhaps he removed his dentures to enjoy the savory sammy sensations? I’m on a limb here…

  • Chris @ Trails Unblazed

    This is awesome.

  • Nick

    To those of you who appreciate a good Sandwich, please allow me to relate a sure fire Awesome Sandwich Formula:

    It’s very simple, when preparing to prepare you lunch, ask yourself, ‘will somebody be jealous of, or comment on the finished product?’ if the answer is no, then add some bacon, or feta, or beet slices, etc…if the answer is yes, then you are already enlightened and must read no further.

    Nothing says ‘great sandwich’ quite like your climbing partners’ longing eyes staring at you while they force down a dry-ass PBH or a gas station Triangle.

    Aim for envy and you won’t go hungry. simple.

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