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backpacking nutrition and weight
    #3778736 - 02/14/05 04:17 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

One of the biggest problems any hiker can face is getting the proper nutrition, while maintaing a low pack weight. A 160 pound hiker carrying a 40 pound pack will burn roughly 5000 calories within 8 hours of hiking. That means you should be eating 5000 calories every day.

Check how much you burn here
http://www.oc.edu/staff/phil.heffington/backpackingcaloriesII.htm

Now this is an impossible feat if you want to maintain a reasonable pack weight, but there are certain foods that will help you to refuel after a hard days hike. Here is a chart that shows you how many calories there are in foods, relative to how much they weigh.

http://www.oc.edu/staff/phil.heffington/FoodCalories.htm

Another hassle of meal time is preparation. Cooking food in pots makes for longer cook time and dishes to do after eating. You could also buy just add water meals from mountain house and other companies. But feeding ones self like this can make for expensive trips. A good solution to this problem is to make your own bag meals. Using freezer bags and just add boiling water type foods, one can make delicious recipes that take minutes to make, with no cleanup afterwords. Just eat from bag, seal it up when done, stick it back in your pack. Best of all, this type of cooking uses very little water. I get by on a homemade pepsi can type stove, which weighs in under an oz and uses alcohol as fuel, and a metal mug. I boil water in the mug, which takes  far less time to boil water in than a standard titanium pot.

here are some recipes and ideas for freezer bag cooking.
http://www.freewebs.com/freezerbagcooking/index.htm

and here are instructions on how to build your own <1oz stove
http://www.pcthiker.com/pages/gear/pepsiGstoveinstruct.shtml

hope you enjoy :smile:


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Re: backpacking nutrition and weight [Re: beejay]
    #3779824 - 02/14/05 07:43 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Interesting... thanks for the info.


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Re: backpacking nutrition and weight [Re: beejay]
    #3779988 - 02/14/05 08:12 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

You are hard-core!


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Re: backpacking nutrition and weight [Re: MeatSpace]
    #3780007 - 02/14/05 08:17 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I'm not that hardcore really. Its just that me and my crew have been at it for a while and have realized that preparation is key to having a successful trip. I'm also planning a number of extended trips soon, like a month in Denali and about three months to do the whole Appalachian trail. Packing light and eating right make 20 mile days less arduous.


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Re: backpacking nutrition and weight [Re: beejay]
    #3780261 - 02/14/05 09:17 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

While you're on the Appalachian you could stop off in Delaware Water Gap, PA. That's in the area I lived. There's a nice bakery, (next to a diner), not far off the trail. The only crappy thing is that Rt. 80 runs right through the town :wtf:
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But the town isn't full of tourists, they go further west, to the outlet malls 20min away. There are a lot of people on the trails in general, locals mostly, A lot of people go there to hike everyday, some bring family, I used to go with my rents. We had fun, then we'd go to the diner for ice cream!

I always wanted to camp my way down it, but I've not had the opportunity.


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Re: backpacking nutrition and weight [Re: MeatSpace]
    #3808973 - 02/21/05 12:54 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

The Appalachian trail goes through every new england state but Rhode Island....pssssh. That's too bad.


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Re: backpacking nutrition and weight [Re: beejay]
    #3811533 - 02/21/05 04:59 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Hey Beejay, that tech on the homeade 1oz stove is great! Never thought of having a homeade stove. I might make one just for fun.

I've never had a problem with calorie intake on the trail, but I've also never spent more than 2 weeks at a time out on the trail (can't afford more than that off of work). And I do tend to shed a little bit of body weight over those 2 weeks. I can see how this may become a problem over long-term excursions. But I also never feel hungry or lacking on energy when I hike either. I've learned (through hard learned lessons) what to eat to keep me going and keep my energy levels at maximum without packing a lot of weight. A 2 week trip can be provided for with about 15 lbs of weight. I usually pack about 20 because I like to have a little extra food on hand.


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