Sweating Ions

Sweating Ions
Do you ever notice your lips tasting like salt, or feel grainy salt crystals on your face after hiking in hot weather? Maybe your eyes burn as the sweat drips off your eyelids. Those are electrolytes – what is left when the water component of sweat evaporates. They need to be replenished by drink and diet. ...

Preparing Backpacking Food 6

Preparing Backpacking Food
Preparing meals is an important step in planning a backpacking trip. You want to make sure you pack out foods that can withstand the conditions of outdoor travel, require minimal preparation, provide you with adequate nutrition, and taste good. You also don’t want to forget crucial items, such as your morning coffee. You also don’t ...

Expiration Date of Condiment Packets 32

Expiration Date of Condiment Packets
Do you stow extra condiment packets from fast food restaurants?  In particular, we keep a sandwich bag stocked in our cupboard of Taco Bell Fire Sauce. These packets are useful to take backpacking or to spread on your home-made burrito when you run out of refrigerated salsa. I’ve seen other people stashing a little bit of everything ...

Backpacking Superfoods: Chia Seed 3

Backpacking Superfoods: Chia Seed
Chia seeds are loaded with extensive value for the lightweight backpacker. They require little space, no cooking, are high in calories, omega-3, dietary fiber, phosphorous, and calcium.  Chia Seed Energy Content: 140 Calories per 1.0 oz (28.35 g) or 2 TB Preparation: You can eat chia seeds raw, or sprout them. To eat the seeds: ...

Will This Map Get Me Lost?

Will This Map Get Me Lost?
You should always carry a foldable paper map when you hike in the remote wilderness. Even if you carry a GPS, it is always a good idea to have a paper map as a reliable backup. Personally, we prefer to rely only on paper maps when backpacking because electronic devices don’t have a good track record with us. Our experience is that ...

Thru Hiker’s Eating Strategy 3

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 ...