Lightweight food for a 9 day hike?
Making sure you are not bored with your hiking meals?
Some great ideas to keep you fuelled up on an long bushwalking trip?
What food to take on an extended hike is always something that challenges us before a trip. Balancing weight, freshness and variety all make for interesting discussions as we plan our menus. We are always on the lookout for new or well written information about hiking food so please contact us here if you would like to contribute.
Photo by Super Starfish ..dining outdoors
Tasadam, from the Bushwalk Tasmania Forum ,submitted an excellent post on that forum regarding the food his wife was taking on a 9 day walk on the South Coast Track in southern Tasmania. The link to the full topic on the forum is here.
We asked Tasadam if it was OK to reproduce the menu and he was happy for us to make it available for "Our Hiking Blog" readers.
We did the South Coast Track in March / April 2006 and this is the link to our posts. If you want to read Sue's reflections and check out the pictures, have a look.
This is the list of food Tasadam's wife took on the walk and his thoughts:
Breakfast - x 9
Her normal cereal which is Fibre Plus - 60 gram serves which is a cup full. Weighed into individual Multix medium sized freezer bags (these are the best and lightest bags).
Milk powder - 9 x 30 gram bag fulls, cheap & nasty Coles freezer bags, tied into a knot then the tails cut off. All together in a Glad sandwich bag.Also, 20 tea bags, a quantity of milk powder in a bag for extra cups of tea, and a small bag of sugar.
Total for 9 x Breakfast with mentioned extras = 983 grams. 109 grams per day.
The expensive freeze dried single serve bags that you get in the bushwalking shops. Approx 110 grams total.
Also, a quantity of dried beans and some cuppa soups.
Total for 8 dinners plus extras = 1047 grams. 131 grams per day.
Lunch - a bit more tricky but still managed okay
Mountain Bread, 8 sheets plus bag = 250g.
Thickly sliced cheese enough pieces for each day= 274 grams
Stick of salami = 317 grams
Semi Dried tomatoes in a sandwich bag with oil drained off = 88 grams
Mango chutney in a food tube as a spread = 109 grams
Carrots * 2 - cut into quarters (1/4 carrot per day x 8 days) = 220 grams
Total for 8 lunches = 1258 grams or 157 grams per day.
8 bags of nibbles consisting of dried fruit (fruit cake mix - sultanas, raisins, fruit pieces etc), dried apple, scroggin (bushwalkers mix from Wholesome house, Deloraine - I swear by that stuff), Dried banana, sweetened dried banana, dried apricots.
Total = 983 grams or 117 grams per day
Extra food -
Full packet of GingerNut Snaps = 270 grams
Half a 200g block Toblerone chocolate (one piece per day) = 110 grams
Bag of cashew nuts = 100 grams
She also had 3 x 75 gram portions of Sustagen powder to make 3 x half litre energy drinks = 225 grams.
Total extras 705 grams or 88 grams per day average.
Total food weight for 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners plus all the extras = 4976 grams.
Total per day = 608 grams.
And she carried a chicken salad roll for a couple of hours on the first day to have a luxury lunch.
Total weight could be cut down by -
Losing the carrots - new daily total 580 grams
And talking only half a packet of biscuits New total 563 grams
And lose the sustagen powder (if it's not your thing) New total 555 grams.
Wouldn't want to go too much more extreme than that - lots of energy burnt up when walking.
EDIT - A bit of follow up from Tasdam.
The sundried tomatoes weren't such a hit, still too sloppy...
The bushwalkers mix of nibbles, there are similar bags of stuff you can buy in the supermarkets - easy to spot - with the nuts etc in the fruit and veg section. Pre-packaged in a 400 gram bag. Walnuts, almonds, sultanas, dried fruit, seeds - I think they are pumpkin and something else, etc you get the idea. But I think I prefer the stuff from Wholesome house more... It tastes "better". This stuff keeps you regular too. I find about 100 - 120 grams a day is enough.
Many thanks to Tasadam, we think it is one of the best food lists for a multi-day walk we have come across.
Just a reminder to checkout and join the Bushwalk Tasmania forum. It is an excellent resource for anyone who loves (or dreams about) walking in Tasmania. There are also some fantastic pictures that have been posted by the members there showcasing some of Tassie's most beautiful wilderness scenery .
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