Dark Chocolate: why should you pack it? 2

Imagine biting into your favorite chocolate bar. That chocolaty chunk rests for a moment on your tongue, full of rich and creamy goodness. The juices flow from your salivary glands. You roll the piece around in your mouth, and it steadily liquefies by the warmth of your body heat. Your fingers reach for another piece to plop ...

Why Nuts make you a Stronger Backpacker

Why Nuts make you a Stronger Backpacker
Nuts are an important source of food for backpackers. Nuts promote a healthy immune system by restoring nutrients and calories that are lost through backpacking and outdoor activity. Nuts also make a delicious snack food and add a crunchy texture to freeze-dried backpacking meals. When it comes to caloric density, nuts are king. After pure fats ...

Coconut: your backpacking food companion 2

Coconut: your backpacking food companion
Coconuts are harvested from the coconut palm tree, which flourish in tropical climates such as the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, and India. They also grow on the U.S. mainland in South Florida. Coconuts have made it to the shore of nearly every continent, unassisted by human effort. They can travel up to 3 months in the ...

High Calorie Vegetarian Fats

Backpacking long distances in mountainous terrain can burn up to 5,000 calories per day. Because fat provides the highest source of calories by weight, hikers need to consume a greater amount of fat to account for lost calories. Besides providing energy, fats are vital for insulating your body, supporting immunity and brain health. They are also ...

Thru Hiker’s Eating Strategy 1

Thru Hiker’s Eating Strategy
Strategy: No Weight Loss Backpacking consumes a high amount of calories. In general, you will need to consume 2,000 calories for easier hiking and 4,500+ calories for difficult terrain or cold weather to avoid weight loss. Most backpackers are not climbing up mountains all day, but rather gradually ascending and descending. Therefore, let’s assume that ...

Backpacking with Olive Oil 1

Backpacking with Olive Oil
Olive Oil is an excellent choice to take when backpacking. Not only is it healthy and contain a high calorie per ounce weight ratio, but it also has a multitude of non-cooking purposes. In cooking, it can be used in place of butter to provide additional flavor and calorie in foods such as soups, pasta, rice, and ...