Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Backpacking Project - Eating

As I mentioned in the Packing List post, for food on my upcoming backpacking trip on the Loyalsock Link Loop trail I was going to go with basic items that cook quickly in little water. This includes oatmeal, Knorr packaged pasta meals, and pouched tuna. Unfortunately I don't own a food dehydrator and I will be car camping for a week before the trip so I won't be able to prepare homemade alternatives.

My concerns are carrying enough calories to prevent this trip from turning into a Pennsylvania version of the Donner Party and having foods that won't upset my stomach. Exertion causes me to develop a ravenous appetite, and I'm going to be pushing myself harder than I normally do. I'm not a forager, and while I have a copy of Euell Gibbons' Stalking The Wild Asparagus on my bookshelf I'm not going to trust myself to start using it this trip. (Besides it adds to the pack weight.)

Aside from eating, there's the result of eating. I have what a more reserved generation would call "a nervous stomach" and I'm going to be under considerable stress during the trip even if it goes well. The last thing I want is to add to the potential physical discomfort I'll suffer by adding IBS to the mix.

So then, here is what I will eat for my three days and two nights on the trail. As usual your comments are helpful to me, as they help me rethink my choices.

Instant oatmeal, two packets
instant hot chocolate

Day one - peanut butter sandwiches brought with me
Day two and three - Knorr pasta packages

Knorr pasta packages
Bumblebee or Starkist pouched tuna, various flavors

Trail mix



At May 27, 2014 at 6:56 AM , Anonymous Ben Barbash said...

We use Mountain House freeze dried food. Add a little water and they're really really good. They're expensive(about 9$ per pouch) so I buy them online (5/6$). Good eating!!

At May 28, 2014 at 6:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoy the instant mashed potatoes you buy for $1 a pouch. Once of those cooks in 2 cups of water and it comes in different flavors to help with an upset stomach issues and mix that with tuna packets and it is a delicious trail meal in my opinion.

At May 28, 2014 at 6:44 AM , Blogger Sean Anderson said...

Granola bars of some kind? Cliff bars... If you have an army surplus store nearby, or you order online--I think military MRE's might be a good option.. of course, might affect pack weight too much.

At May 29, 2014 at 9:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds gross but ooooooh soooo tasty. Instant cheese grits and single serve spam. I to have IBS and am a larger person. Keep well hydrated and eat small servings often. Also before your next adventure get a dehydrater or dehyfrate in your oven. So many awesome recipes out there for dehydrating food. Bablefish5 has a channel on youtube. I am making quinoa and then dehydrating, uses less fuel, water and time to rehydrate and can add sweet stuff for a breakfast for dehydrated vegs, meat and spices for a tasty dinner. Too many carbs tend to set my IBS in high gear.

At June 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM , Blogger The Historian said...

I'm sure its yummy but the idea of grits and Spam makes me ill.. I will avoid the carbs. I had a bad time in 2010 in Pine Creek Gorge after, ahem, gorging on a sub, so I'm careful since.

At June 1, 2014 at 4:13 PM , Blogger The Historian said...

I tried an MRE once, and I have new respect for the troops after doing so. Never again.

At June 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM , Blogger The Historian said...

I've done that before when camping, but all the starch in the potatoes can cause problems too.

At June 1, 2014 at 4:16 PM , Blogger The Historian said...

I like Mountain House too although for the sort of camping I usually do they aren't needed. I can keep lots of stuff in the car or on the bike.


Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home

A Taste For The Woods: Backpacking Project - Eating

This page has moved to a new address.

Backpacking Project - Eating