Happy trails mix: Woman’s skills as chef lend well to hiking passion

Katherine Gividen greets most people wearing hiking clothes and a big smile.

Her passion is hiking, which she promotes as an instructor of the LSU leisure backpacking class, president of the Louisiana Hiking Club and through her job as an outdoor specialist at a local retail store.

But it wasn’t hiking trails that brought her to Louisiana. It was food. Following her career as a trained chef, she came to Louisiana after John Folse hired her in 1995 to serve as his head pastry chef.

“Someone said I should write a hiking cookbook, so I did,” she said.

Gividen, now employed as a camping team leader for Academy Sports and Outdoors, does cooking demonstrations for The Backpacker, Pack and Paddle and annually at Louisiana Hiking Club’s Camp Fest. She also serves as president of the Louisiana Hiking Club.

Her book is, “The Hapless Hiker Presents: Think Inside the Box: Using supermarket convenience foods on the trail that cook in 15 minutes or less.”

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