fastpacking food

by (220) Updated January 25, 2013 at 10:02 PM Created August 02, 2012 at 6:38 AM

SO there are a few related questions out there but I'd like some fresh feedback on this:

I plan a 30-40 mi/day "fastpacking" trip that will last about a week. I will gorge on restaurant food once or twice when available, and have comfortably tested my ability to trail run after 24-hr fast, exercise on no carb days, etc. I am not terribly concerned with variety and pleasant taste, but I am concerned with weight and energy. I'd like to pack about 20k calories for the trip, nonperishable and non-hydrated food. Pemmican probably at least half of it, but anybody else have any experience or suggestions on this?

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1144 · August 02, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Jon W.

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4234 · August 02, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Here's what I brought for my 5 day backpack in the Winds:

  • Homemade pemmican. Hard to choke this down. Not tasty, but effective.
  • Instant coffee with coconut cream powder
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Homemade bars consisting of, bottom-up, dried flattened banana; mixture of almond butter, shredded coconut and beef tallow, topped with pressed dates and walnuts. Sugar coma resulting.
  • Beef heart jerky
  • Dehydrated sweet potatoes, coconut manna, curry spice pastes (actually didn't need these) with dehydrated vegetables, dehydrated chicken and fresh foraged greens and mushrooms. I also substituted pemmican for the coconut manna and curry which was terrific, probably the tastiest thing I've ever brought backpacking.
  • Candy (chocolate covered bridge mix.) A southbound hiker on the trail gave this to me and nobody else wanted it so I ate it. Happily, I'll add.

667 · August 02, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Bring a bow and arrow and kill animals along the way.

26354 · August 02, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Jon, I've gone for weekend fastpacks -- which is no where near the level you are planning -- but here's some of my packing stuff:

SeaBear Ready-to-Eat Sockeye Salmon
Nuts (Macadamia and Almond -- but whatever)
Barney Butter Snack Packs
Dried Fruit (there's a great one at my local farmers market that I usually grab and throw into a sealed zip)
Salazon Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Coffee beans (but that's just me :))
Jerky (which you already have)
Paleo Krunch Bars
Coconut Water (although for your trip this is probably too heavy)

2227 · August 02, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Hey Jon, I just packed ten 3000 kcal (12 hour) bags for a race I'm doing next week.

  • Larabar
  • Pemmican Bar (x3)
  • Coconut Butter
  • Banana Chips
  • Almond Butter
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Baby Food)
  • Small Primal Pac
  • Veggie Chips

I'll probably throw some precooked bacon in there too.

3029 · August 02, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Definitely coconut butter/coconut oil. Oh and coconut milk (1000 calories a can) I buy the organic kind that has the pull lid and its really light.I think its made by Ayum

120 · August 02, 2012 at 8:59 AM

This is a tough one, The first thing that comes to mind is some kind of chocolate/coconut/fat bar. Maybe some nut butters too (jar of almond butter with dark chocolate and coconut oil mixed in?). Im unclear if you want to eat any carbs but you might try beet and sweet potato chips. What trail are you doing?

91 · January 25, 2013 at 10:02 PM

A pound of chia seeds and some pumpkin seed butter.

220 · January 25, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Here's a nice roundup of some newer products. Oriented to ultramarathoners and multi day events. http://www.trailrunnermag.com/component/content/article/325-no-more-gels

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