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Performance Nutrition for Backpacking, Part 1: Optimal Trail Fuel

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How To Resupply On A Thru Hike + My Trail Food for 2020

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Best Foods To Take Hiking To Keep Your Energy Up On The Trail

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The longer your adventure, the more food and drink you need to bring. To bring your food along, find a pack (backpack, hip pouch, etc ) that fits the demands of your adventure; size, pockets, water reservoir and comfort. As your hike times increase, be mindful of food-safety concerns. Fuel your hike. Written By Cassie Shortsleeve.

Date 03.15.19. Category Food. Tags.

Snack. Share. More info + What to eat, depending on the difficulty and duration of your adventure. Proper nutrition is an important aspect of both preand post-fitness routines, but in many. The primary (and most efficient) fuel for physical exercise is carbohydrate.

Though our bodies will be burning carbs and fat (and perhaps a little protein) for fuel during hiking, when we run out of carbohydrate we will bonk. Our focus then has to be largely on keeping our bodies supplied with enough carbohydrate to keep us going. Did you a second helping of pasta, bread, rice, cereal and other starchy carbohydrates the day before your hike? That’s how glycogen gets stashed away for later use.

Let’s define “decent” breakfast. Note the word “decent” tied to “breakfast”. That’s the key to maintaining energy level early in your hike.

1. A stove. Some people do choose to go stove-less, but if you’re new to the backcountry, you’ll probably find a hot, 2. Stove fuel. Your local outdoors store (REI, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops) will have this. Just make sure you buy the 3. A pot. For beginners, I’d recommend sticking with a. mix up your hiking nutrients to keep your energy flowing Your body is a hiking machine.

That means it’s built for walking hour after hour, as long as you keep fuel flowing through your bloodstream. However, not only is the added weight going to increase your car’s fuel consumption, the unusual surfaces of these accessories can also increase aerodynamic drag. Even so-called aerodynamic storage compartment shells can increase drag.

As you may already be aware, an increase in drag simply means your car’s engine will have to work harder. Oatmeal is one of the best breakfasts you can eat on any regular day, but will be additionally beneficial before a long hike. Because of the high fiber and carbohydrate content in oatmeal, it will keep you perfectly energized throughout your journey. If you’re not the biggest fan of oatmeal, try adding in honey, brown sugar, and/or fruits.

This means that the ideal hiker food, one that balances a high-carb (to refuel your muscles), high-fat (to burn as pure energy as you hike) load, really is that bane of the frontcountry: junk food. High-fat and high-sugar foods, even processed ones, turn out to be great fuel sources, ones your body will rapidly transform into energy. Whether you’ve got a $3,000 budget or a $10,000 budget for your hike, the goal is finding the sweet spot of saving money without feeling deprived. If you don’t know your budget, try to figure it out.

In 2017, running out of money was the second-leading cause of hikers quitting the AT and PCT, second only to injury.

List of related literature:

Condition yourself before starting the hike.

“Hiking Canada's Great Divide Trail” by Dustin Lynx
from Hiking Canada’s Great Divide Trail
by Dustin Lynx
Rocky Mountain Books, 2007

On longer hikes, take warm clothing, water, a torch and a cigarette lighter or matches for basic survival should you get lost.

“Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei” by Charles de Ledesma, Mark Lewis, Pauline Savage, Rough Guides (Firm)
from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei
by Charles de Ledesma, Mark Lewis, et. al.
Rough Guides, 2003

When on a long hike I always give somebody my planned itinerary and resupply spots.

“Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker's Guide to Ultralight Hiking and Backpacking” by Justin Lichter
from Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Ultralight Hiking and Backpacking
by Justin Lichter
Falcon Guides, 2013

I (Tony) put on my pack and approach the start of a fourteen-mile overnight hike.

“Qualitative Research: An Introduction to Methods and Designs” by Stephen D. Lapan, MaryLynn T. Quartaroli, Frances J. Riemer
from Qualitative Research: An Introduction to Methods and Designs
by Stephen D. Lapan, MaryLynn T. Quartaroli, Frances J. Riemer
Wiley, 2011

Bring along at least a gallon per person for all but the shortest hikes, more if the weather is hot.

“Fodor's The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West” by Fodor's Travel Guides
from Fodor’s The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West
by Fodor’s Travel Guides
Fodor’s Travel, 2016

When hiking uphill, add extra stress by carrying a pack with bladders or jugs of water as ballast; then dump the weight out before descending, relieving a fair amount of pressure.

“Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, & High” by Mark Twight, James Martin
from Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, & High
by Mark Twight, James Martin
The Mountaineers, 1999

On your hike, light, frequent meals are best.

“Sierra South: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada” by Kathy Morey, Mike White, Stacey Corless, Analise Elliot Heid, Chris Tirrell, Thomas Winnett
from Sierra South: Backcountry Trips in California’s Sierra Nevada
by Kathy Morey, Mike White, et. al.
Wilderness Press, 2006

Delineate these boundaries on your map, and adjust your camping/hiking plans accordingly.

“Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 National Parks” by Michael Joseph Oswald, Derek Pankratz
from Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 National Parks
by Michael Joseph Oswald, Derek Pankratz
Stone Road Press, 2017

Allow up to an hour of hiking time to the approach.

“Rock Climbing New England” by Stewart M. Green
from Rock Climbing New England
by Stewart M. Green
Falcon Guides, 2015

If you want to hike until dark, bolt down a cold supper, and hit the trail again at first light, you just do it.

“Fly-Fishing the Rocky Mountain Backcountry” by Rich Osthoff
from Fly-Fishing the Rocky Mountain Backcountry
by Rich Osthoff
Stackpole Books, 1999

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  • Good stuff. I appreciate the concise instructions and the demo is well done. It looks like I’ve got some work to do. Thanks for the help.

  • Well done. Right to the point, mentioned that there will be variables that impact “Real Life” and showed the math so users can draw their own conclusions.
    Appreciate that this was not a “Sales Pitch” (heck, even used an older burner!).
    Thank you.

  • I”m always thinking about total calories and try to hit about 4000 calories a day. Yours looks a bit short. A few things I rely on: 1) light olive oil: I always carry a bottle and add 1.5 oz to breakfast and dinner meals. 2) Dehydrated and vacuum sealed mixed vegetables that I prepare myself: broccoli, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, zuccini and sweet peppers. Cooked, dried and packed at home. Great for GI health and nutrition. 3) Breakfast: a mix of granola, raisins, shredded almonds, dried milk, protein powder and olive oil a hearty meal requiring no cooking. Pack each day’s it in a sandwich baggie, add water and eat.

  • Superb video! Keep up the amazing work!

    A friend of mine pointed me to this video. I watch videos on scientific topics all the time. I expect them to include references to research papers. Yours is the first hiking/backpacking video I have ever watched that referenced actual research. One note, for the scientific videos, they tend to link the research papers in their video notes. Given that you are publishing research based content, you might want to do the same thing.

  • I started with $0 and hiked over 1000 miles of the AT this year. I played harmonica in town for food. So I would reccomend an instrument even if your not good at it the trail is a good place to learn.

  • You’re talking about training for power (which is by the way any training you do, I think you were reffering to strength) bit you ‘drown’ it in a sea of endurance based exercises so it has literaly no effect

  • I think many of us jump to conclusions without knowing what they’re talking about, a External frame backpack will be the best backpack you could ever carry on a thru hike…but most people will never know because this kind of backpacking takes more then somebody else’s advice to know how good a external frame backpack really is…for many people carrying a External frame backpack will realize how great a frame pack is after about 200 miles…but many people will never know this because they have been told by people how bad a External frame backpack is by people that have never used one!

    A External frame backpack, and waist belt system on these kind of backpacks make up for a little extra weight you might carry in a External frame backpack…you can still carry a Ultralight gear kit if you want… A External frame backpack carries most of your weight directly on your hips, and the shoulder straps keep the pack from falling backwards… You get more ventilation with an external frame backpack and you walk with a more upright position, you’re not bent over for 8 hours like you are with other kind of Packs…

    With a External frame backpack you do need to get your torso length correct… And you loaded a External frame backpack differently then a Ultralight pack…but taken care of these things will make your External Frame Backpack…the best experience you will ever have in backpacking -Friar Rodney Burnap

  • coming from offshore sailing racing (3000 to 5000 nautical miles) the food hear seems like hevan to the dehidtated anti-moral sludge that is wat i eat.

  • Thanks to the G Works adapter, I always start any & all trips with a FULL canister of fuel. I don’t have any partially empty canister laying around. When I return from a trip, I top of the canister until it is FULL.

  • I get the impression it doesn’t rain over there
    If it did where does your wet gear go? A wet tent in the middle of your pack or do you use a dry bag for your tent?

  • I really wished I loved peanut butter that much. It would be such great calories and fat. But I just don’t love it that much haha Thanks for all the suggestions!

  • I feel during your interpolation to find the relative macronutrient usage for 45%, you should have included the 85% VO2 max to model the spectrum more accurately, rather than just the 25% and 65%

  • I’ll stick to my solid fuels. They are readily available everywhere and I don’t have to carry an empty fuel canister around with me!

  • 0:00 Opening
    0:16 Introduction
    1:15 Metabolism basics (sources of muscle energy)
    1:58 Beyond just carbs (Introducing Protein for endurance)
    4:45 Introducing Fat as endurance energy
    5:07 Thermic Effect of Food (digestive efficiency)
    6:08 Fat as Fuel
    10:32 Backpacking energy breakdown picture
    11:01 Summing up: energy use during endurance exercise
    12:30 Briefly addressing fat concerns
    13:13 Hiking is calorie deprivation
    14:24 Developing dietary recommendations
    15:43 The 4 Eating Events during hiking
    15:58 Breakfast
    18:06 Glycemic Index and the Food Energy Relay
    21:03 The Optimal Trail Fuel Formula
    23:42 From Theory to actual food (the Food Chart)

  • Very informative video. Sometimes REI stuff is too top level. I appreciate this one getting in the weeds but still making it very clear and concise.

  • This video is awesome, but what really caught my eye is all the desk space devoted to firewood storage. That’s gotta be a code violation.

  • Skandinavia: lots of small water runs, but every once in a while you would risk getting water into your boots and going barefooted is awful when not used to pointy rocks. Solution: bring water shoes, I got some really low weight ones around 3 oz for 15 bucks. Also nice in the evening to give your feet a rest in uneasy terrain at camp.

  • My experience, best food, Salami, cheese and rye bread. The rye bread I used, 1lb loaf, about 8″ long and about 2.5 inches square. One sandwich made from this is good for half a day. But then again, I am only 71 years old and know nothing. Experience, caving, bush-walking, motorcycle touring, surfing, kayaking and general camping

  • 11:27 This must have been the fifth time I’ve discovered that the “nor” in “Nor rice sides” is actually “Knorr” when I saw the package. I grew up with this brand in Europe but we pronounce the K and even I know you can’t do that in English, it will not stick with this word!

  • WEATHER /TEMPERATURE VARIATIONS ARE A HUGE VARIABLE.! A stove can use 30% more fuel each boil when starting with very cold water and/or under windy conditons!

  • Thanks for sharing the investigation.
    But one interesting thing: She showed us the first weight 217g on the meter, but didn’t show us the 209g (intentially). Probably she have the number in mind she want show us before making this video. Therefore, better to your own experiment to be sure.

  • Darwin mentions several LOW CARB HIGH FAT (LCHF) foods. Some hikers may be considering LCHF as their primary food strategy. View link to this spread sheet for a breakdown of LCHF fare or close to it.

    Fascinating is the COST per 100 CALORIES and especially CALORIES per OUNCE. If 32 oz/2 lbs is a daily weight target for food, then choose foods that are at least 100 cal/oz. Many of these foods are Amazon sourced and could arrive via USPS if the words ‘PO Box’ are added to the usual General Delivery address. As new LCHF (or close to it) foods come to my attention, I’ll update the document until trail time. The biggest surprise for me overall, powdered eggs! GK

  • I’m not throwing rocks… but, I’m the beginning here you tell us how it’s possible albeit more difficult to plan out and ship what we want/ need.

    Then you go through a disclaimer diatribe about how you have had to suffer what was available, but you would prefer healthier options.

    Off trail, in normal life Taco Bell and McDonald’s are easy, but choices are made to be healthy.

    Again, I’m not trying to throw rocks, but that seems contradictory.

  • This is really a sensational video.THANK YOU for calling out the caveats! You hit them all! This was indoors, no wind, unregulated stove. The only thing you didn’t mention was water temp! If you are using filtered water from a stream it is going to be COLD which will affect boil time. Great Video, thanks.

  • You missed two points that are mildly important? The resupply boxes can get bounced from one post office to the next. It does mean you have to either call the post office or go there in person to either pickup the package or send it ahead. You can also throw in other items that you might need like winter gear, neoprene socks or gourmet coffee? Town food! Since I’m in one of the towns on the PCT I’ve talked with hikers before and dropped them off on the trail. A small percentage will go to a fast food restaurant and brown bag a late night dinner or a lunch prior to hitting the trail.

  • Those disposable isobutane canisters are a mega ripoff. I bring a refillable 1lb Flame King DOT approved tank and an adapter for my stove. Way cheaper and you can easilly got for a week plus on one fillup. Costs about $1 or $2.

  • Thank’s Darwin for your hard work and research. I’ve learned a lot from your videos. My 2021 thru hike of the AT will be much better.

  • Great video! The pot I use to boil water has a heat exchanger and it dramatically cut down on boil times. I always place the lid on the pot as well, which further cuts down on boil times.

  • For those of you with a JetBoil, stick to Jetboil brand fuel cans. Both my buddy and I had issues with MSR cans leaking out after being unscrewed, tried every trick in the book to get the seal to close up, no luck. They just emptied out so there was no chance of using them a 2nd time. Couldn’t leave them in our packs while hiking either.

  • That’s an easy answer, NONE. I use my Bio-Lite camp stove. It is a bit on the heavy side but I don’t need to carry fuel cannisters in my pack because wood is my fuel, and is free. Why waste money on fuel when nature provides.

  • Excellent video, thanks! I’m surprised that no one else has done this before.  But I’d still rather carry an extra cannister, just in case.

  • I prefer my Caldera Ti-Tri below treeline and white gas above. That way I don’t have to worry about partial canisters, temperature, disposal…. Cookless in warmer months.

  • Here’s my two cents, this is someone who trains in the field a lot, I’m my experience I rather bring an extra can and extra meal just in case. Why? The unknown Is the biggest factor here. I would never bring just enough because of how many hikers and backpackers you heard getting lost. Having heat can help you survive any problem you might run into.

  • I agree with others, outside wind will cut your ‘boils per container’ in half…it’s also why I threw away butane/iso-butane YEARS ago! In reality, 5-boils for $8 a can is $1.60 a boil!!! That’s STUPID! Cut your pack weight, SERIOUSLY cut your cost, and look at the Esbit Titanium micro stove…and Coughlan’s fuel tabs (Hexamine)…24 tabs for $5, one tab per boil…so boils are 8x cheaper!!! (and I can get a boil EASILY for 1-tablet in moderate wind…just use a simple windscreen, which isn’t perfect). Hexamine is a LOT CLEANER on the environment, too…since you don’t have all that 1-use metal cylinders you are throwing in a landfill!!! SO ENVIRONMENTALLY FILTHY!

  • People should keep in mind that, although minimal, the amount of fuel lost between removing it from the burner and starting ignition can also play a factor in the amount of burn time and uses you will have…

  • Your fuel is a product of fracking and filling in the PRC with transport via container ship both ways and then local distribution.Dos REI sell hiking footwear in a size 2300 ZZZZ carbon footprint?

  • Dude, I was at REI the other day and grabbed the thermarest z pad walked around the store and grabbed a couple of more things. I sat all my stuff down because the guy that works there said he could fit my pack to my spine length, went out to the truck and grabbed it. Came back in, checked out, woke up in the morning and realized I left my ass pad!!!!!

  • It’s called wood and it’s free!
    Your stove can be had for free. It’s called a no: 10 can with air holes cut into it. Aka a hobo stove.
    Please be a good camper, dig a trench, when your done drown and stir. Then cover the trench.

  • “Ideal conditions” inside makes for a nice baseline, but it’s only one condition. Make some other baselines, too, examine the performance over the range of conditions with data points on: air speed, precipitation, temperature, and elevation.

  • Great video. I try to eat hiker food even when I’m not hiking! Any chance you could provide links to your preferred foods?

  • I’m pretty sure those canisters contain liquid, and the pressure of the gas above that liquid is constant, regardless of how much liquid is in it. Assuming the shape of the canister remains constant, which it does.

  • It is a very good video. Very instructional. It took me a while to understand the technical aspect of backpacking but I’m doing better at it. Being blind makes it a little bit difficult but not impossible. What is your favorite field system for backpacking? Thank you so much for sharing this video. God bless you.

  • For all the people saying they use wood to boil water and don’t use stoves, keep in mind that in some places it is illegal to have open fires. Also, during certain times of the year or after an extended period of time without rain it is also illegal. Thru-hikers use them for the first reason. Some places, like Harper’s Ferry WV, you can’t have open fires or stoves. That is because of a historical fire that occurred there I believe.

  • Extrapolate to extend (a graph, curve, or range of values) by inferring unknown values from trends in the known data. Your welcome…

  • I get a kick out of the people commenting and talking about how its a waste to bring fuel. Many places you go there is no fuel. What do you burn above tree line or in the desert? Lichen? Rocks? Sand? I also got a kick out of people saying fuel is a waste of weight yet they say they bring guns/ammo/axes/etc… talk about a waste of weight…. And there are plenty of places you are not allowed to(or shouldn’t) collect fuel, like high alpine environments or arid regions where the vegetation is scarce, or in more populated parks with heavy traffic.

  • Why does REI make this video in a trendy urban loft? Why not outdoors? I’ve always enjoyed REI but it seems they always want to cater to hipster millenials.

  • The 230 gram canisters seem like they last forever. I only cook once a day but I had one canister go from Dunsmuir, CA to Trout Lake, WA and another lasted the rest of Washington when I was on the PCT last year.

  • Honestly, seeing alternative exercises for accessibility was so refreshing as a hiker with chronic pain. There are days I can hike miles and days I can’t leave my bed, so seeing an option to gently stretch those muscles is so appreciated.

  • This is a decent baseline so long as you make sure to control for the temperature of the tap water; however, you’ll want a much more conservative ‘safety’ margin than 1.25, preferably > 1.5 or even 2.0 if hiking in cold, windy conditions.

  • Huge difference between boiling cold water in winter and boiling warmer water in summer. Obviously wind and altitude also play a role. It’s probably more reliable to keep track of how long you’ve used a particular container, since assuming that the stove is burning full on, the time per canister should be relatively reproducible. Once you know that you get X number of minutes of burner time from a canister, you can just time each boil on the stopwatch on your phone, and keep a phone note of time used for the canister.

  • There’s no need to go to a full boil for most rehydration cooking. If you stop when you start getting a couple of bubbles on the bottom it will be plenty hot especially when you use a coozy. Depending on the food, I have the stove on less time, maybe 25-30% less. For hot chocolate I only heat till hot to the touch.

  • buy or make a steel or titanium grill to bring with you. That way if you have a fire at night you can boil water without fuel. Its also a great back up if you run out of fuel all together…

  • For everyone who is asking, It’s actually 3,200 Calories per “Full Day” & that’s NOT counting the Nuts.

    1oz of Macadamia/Cashew/Almonds is about 200 Calories (mainly because of the Macadamias). There is 14oz of Nuts in that bag, so about 700 Calories a day just from Nuts.

    So in this resupply, I have about 3,900 Calories a “Full Day”. That’s more than enough for me. ��

    Hike On,

  • Harmony House FTW! Premake my own vegan equivalent to Mountain House etc. type meals

    Nuts are what’s up! Especially Mac nuts. Costco has a blend similar to the one you use

  • Sadly his diet as indicated in this video is not a heart healthy diet by any stretch of ones imagination. Processed oils may add calories however, it’s unhealthy for ones cardiovascular system.

  • Even though I hike NJ/NY regularly, add’l strength training is a great idea. I really like the use of an exercise ball too. Thanks REI

  • My gf and i spent 7 months hiking in France. There were some very rural parts that had limited options. Although generally we stuck to the same stuff, one of the greatest pleasures was being able to get local cheese that we couldn’t get anywhere else in the country due to the way their distribution laws work. Of course, occasionally sleeping at a locals house/garden meant we also got some incredible local cuisine. I remember a cheese and potato dish that was almost chewy, that had us full up for 2 days of hiking. Never came across is again as that cheese was only made in that one small area.

    While walking there was pretty easy game and we have since done much harder hikes (and set our eyes on a modified E1, Norway-Sicily), the food was just about my favourite thing in France and what I’d consider doing it all over again for. Haven’t ever done the resupply boxes, but it’s certainly a consideration for the E1, as my gf is vegetarian she’ll find it hard to get enough nutrition is areas heavily dominated with meat and fish products.

    Thanks for the video, it’s given me some ideas that I hope to be able to replicate in the UK and Europe!

  • I was wondering what happened to all those boxes that get sent and never collected. e.g. people that bail out or are already passed the collection point

  • Started watching so many videos, so i can be prepared. Every video i watch of yours gives me new notes to work with to add to planning. Its a bit aways, but can’t wait to hit the AT in full. And EMBRACE THE SUCK.

  • This looks like a tasty 4 days. I agree on your improvisation, eating on the cheap with Cheetos or whatnot. That’s some good advice, to eat high calorie fatty stuff, and stuff that’s readily available. All too often I hear from hikers who waste money on fancy prepared mixtures when a perfectly sufficient Idahoan mashed potatoes would suffice. Next time I’m on the trail I should try that delicious looking and innovative tortilla avocado Cheeto burrito of yours. Very comprehensive and helpful video, Sir. Liked and subbed!

  • If anyone thinks boiling water with twigs and leaves in cold, wet conditions is easy, they’ve either never been camping or they’ve camped more times than there are stars in the sky. I’m a noob, so I love these little pocket rockets:)

  • I don’t see anyone bringing protein/weight gainer powders and supplements. While it seems like the highest calorie option for the weight, and packability I assume since none of the ‘experts’ are doing it there is a reason why NOT to bring them… Can you hel me understand why they aren’t a good option?

  • Try watching the documentary The Game Changers. It deals with optimum diet for athletic endurance! HINT… it’s NOT fat and protein!!!

  • carrying fuel is like carrying water….weight adds up….. it’s just not worth it to carry lots of fuel or lots of water….. fuel for 2-3 days is one thing but just forget fuel and water if you are going out for 2-3 weeks.., me…..concentrate you focus on planning where to obtain fire materials and water along the way….I do however carry a few solid fuel cubes….. think water, food,shelter…..don’t forget socks,cold weather gear/blanket/poncho,medical,firearm/ammo, ax/saw, knives, and other necessities… all adds up….it all adds up…..difficult to stay under 50 lbs initial weight for extended stay…..yup….

  • This video is very very well put together. I’m new to hiking/backpacking and these ideas and information are extremely useful. Thanks!

  • Im sad that you have to validate what you eat. You do you. Thank you for awesome info and my taste of the trail until i can feast on it myself.

  • Where and what brand are those ghee packs? I can’t seem to find them. I know you’re out hiking but hopefully get an answer before I head to Glacier

  • Darwin I love your stuff and I know this video has been out for awhile and you are on the AT but I got some food ideas for you anyways. My favorite trail meal is Refried Bean Soup refried black bean flakes, instant rice, cheese, Frank’s hot sauce water and maybe a squirt of olive oil (Avoid refried bean flakes that come already seasoned).Andrew Skurka makes this with taco seasoning and fritos. (why i didnt think of fritos doh)

    Cheesie Hash browns. the hash browns come in a milk carton. Fill the carton with water and soak for at least an hour you can soak them while hiking. Add oil to pan and fry the hash browns add cheese near the end. Your pot is more upright if you have a pot that is more squat this will work better.

    Ramen Bomb but I think about everybody makes those but they are tasty.

    Squeeze Parkey Margerine it doesn’t spoil and you can add that to every Knorr meal to up the calories and flavor.

    Bacon Pieces (or bits) you find them in the salad dressing section of the grocery store. get the real ones and not the fake. Bacon goes with everything. peanut butter and bacon sandwich, refried bean and bacon soup. You get the idea.

    Bearcreek Potato Soup with dehydrated corn and bacon The package has too much for one meal so you are going to have to bust it up at home or split it with somebody. Rehydrate the corn 1st either soak while hiking or boil water and throw the corn in and then turn off and let it soak. When corn is ready follow the instructions on the package add corn and bacon to the soup.

    ….Now if you want to pack a frying pan…you could make some upside down pizza

  • Hey any tools(links) that you use online to estimate distances, elevations and points between? Sort of like the AT Guide online but maybe with calculators and other tools? Thanks for your videos.

    On the other hand:
    At 08:04 “I personally don’t have any diet restrictions and I typically eat anything”….Including other, fallen hikers

  • I enjoy your videos, but always had a different outlook on backpacking, than most people.
    I carried heavy packs, for about 2000 miles, over high passes, for 20 summers, in King’s Canyon/Sequoia N.P. and the John Muir Wilderness.
    My (and my friend’s) philosophy was to hike fewer miles; but get to the high country, and fish, take photos, eat GOOD food (all pre-packed, at home, and carried on our backs), climb, and PARTY! (It was the 70’s!)
    I may be the only person to ever play the fiddle, on top of Mt. Whitney.
    One of my friends carried his french horn, on his pack, all through the Sierra. It was awesome, echoing off the cliffs!
    I guess we all have our own way of enjoying backpacking; but it’s important to do it; so we’ll stay dedicated to protecting it.
    Personally, I’m heading to the N. Fork of the King’s River, this summer, to celebrate my 50th anniversary of my first backpacking trip in the Sierras.
    I’m 77, so I’ll be carrying a lighter pack, than I used to.
    See you on the trail!

  • Wow, just watched this video. Good stuff. The food bags I have been doing. People that I was crazy, easy to count calorie intake this way also.

  • I’ve begun using Deb’s meals are freeze dried, gourmet taste (Thai Chicken soup, African Peanut Stew, Beef and Lamb Gyro with Tzatziki sauce, Chicken and Waffles, many vegan options, and even freeze dried cheese curds and twinkies)! You won’t be disappointed!

  • Thank You!! The Nature Valley Almond Butter Biscuits are delicious. I also found another option from Nature Valley that has even slightly better stats than the biscuits, and that is the Crispy Creamy Wafer Bars (Peanut Butter Chocolate Flavor). They taste exactly like the Little Debbie Nutty Bars. Yum Yum Yum. So freaking delicious 36g serving 200 calories 12 g fat, 18g carb, 3g fiber, 8g sugars inclues 7g added, 5g protein. Both of those two things are absolutely delectable.

  • Ofc its hard to plan what you are going to eat between breakfast and lunch.You may end up eating your friend that died on the trail.U never know

  • I’ve started to use dehydrated veggies from harmony house on trail. Mix these into noodles, rice or mashed taters. Nice way to add a little nutrition and fiber to my diet.

  • As an experienced Florida Trail thru hiker… I need to start a v/blog about specifically gas station resupply recipes! Grocery and Dollar General resupplies are easy… make some gourmet from a gas station, that’s where the fun begins! On the FT, usually that’s all we have, not many post offices or hostels or hiker towns or towns at all, just gas stations as far as the eye can see. Thanks Darwin for all your awesome videos!!! You inspire us all! Love ya, Love ya show!

  • Thank you very much for the videos. I am new to backpacking and want to do a thru hike of the AT soon. I have only so far watched a handful of your videos but each one has been valuable to me in preparation. Just wanted to let you know that what you’re doing is appreciated and maybe I’ll run into you on the trail sometime!

  • My meal prep looks very similar to yours. I also always carry an extra pound of brown rice. I tend to hike primarily during the winter so the guarantee of the next town is never there. I also do a lot of fishing to supplement my diet and theres nothing better than fresh cooked food on a cold night.

  • Great video and timely. Doing the first 150 miles of PCT. This was so helpful. What do you think is a reasonable amount of weight for each day of food? Maybe you could just mention how much a full day of food is for you. Thank you.

  • Darwin, could you please share advice and options for stashing food for yourself. Best methods to ensure it will be there when you get to it on a long hike. Much thanks!

  • you should eat more beans! white beans, brown beans, also precooked lentils… they fuel you like nothing else… healthy stuff! if you spot nettle, pluck the tops, great soup! garlic, salt, pepper are extras you need

  • I think you’d benefit a lot from a dehydrator, but I know you don’t have uhhhhh typical living arrangements.

    I make chocolate/peanut butter bacon jerky with bacon fat and pork belly to caramelize it. You add a bit of peanut oil to fry it and make a little dipping sauce with chili powder and powdered milk. It’s the most caloric thing I can make without getting tunnel vision and waterfall ass. It also allows you to actually bring veg and fruit. It’ll taste like ramen packet veg, but it’s better than nothing.

    Also those EVOO packets have the BEST packaged salmon.

    The things I usually buy are pasta sides, but I use the packet for soup (with bone broth) and put furikake on the noodles. Also Prego Ready Meals. Want tacos? Taco meat in a can, dehydrated chilies, cheese stick and Fiesta mexican or spanish rice side. Super good.

  • Passing on some advice I got a long while ago: write the total weight in grams w/ sharpie at the bottom. Then at the end of each trip, do it again.

  • Any additional advice for resupply planning in a foreign country… planning on hiking the Scottish National trail and not sure yet about how to resupply.

  • The side of my jet boil 100g can says 24 boils! I’m glad I saw this because what the heck. I’m not sure how much water was tested to make them come up with 24. Is real life literally half of what they are advertising?

  • Great information and tips. I usually just put everything in my bag but think I will split the days up like you have it. I tend to eat constantly and mindlessly while I am on the trail and will end up eating way more in a day than I should lol.

  • Do you ever carry an extra day of food or extra snacks in case something happens on trail and you can’t get into town when you expected?

  • Butter is not good fat, fyi. It’s high in saturated fat (and cholesterol). And those two things act synergistically to raise your blood cholesterol level, which is one of the main risk factors for heart disease.

    Saturated fat is so dangerous because it triggers your liver to produce extra of your body’s natural cholesterol.

    Nuts and whole plant food forms are the best kind of fat. Especially since they contain fiber. And even though nuts also contain saturated fat, nuts actually have been shown to lower cholesterol.

    Sorry, I don’t mean to be a downer (if you made it this far) Good luck on your trails.

    If you’re interested: Nutritionfacts.ORG,
    Or PCRM.ORG (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)

  • On the PCT I ate basically candy and cookies and noodles. Somehow I could do 35-30 miles a day on that. I don’t recommend it though. I think it’s better to eat more healthfully, relatively, like Darwin has described. I just was not able to sit down (mosquitoes and rain) for huge portions of Oregon and Washington so I started eating whatever I could eat while wearing a head net or while walking in the rain.

  • in no way do i mean this to be offensive but this guy emotes so hard that i cant focus on what hes actually talking about. like his gestures are so strong and his face moves so much i cant think of what hes saying lol. the annoying thing is that i like his content and he has such awesome stuff to say. just wish i could focus on it lol

  • I really love your channel and I get really worried when seeing what trash food you stuff yourself with. Please get some help with this

  • It’s probably already somewhere in the comments, forgive me, but all this food is going to go in what kind and size of food bag? Thanks!

  • I tend to over pack on food when section hiking.    I did do a small resupply when I hike for six days in SNP.  It was at the Elkwallow Wayside.  Ate a burger and bought some dehydrated meals and snacks.

  • Good tips.

    For my part, I’m a worst-case type of guy. Most community will have stuff you can bring. Might end up being mostly beef jerky & dried soup packets with some spaguettinis, but it’s still a thing. I bought up ALL the jerky in a small town once.

    If not, you’ll find someone will to resell a bit of stuff to get your thru.

  • Like others, I’m blown away by what you’ve put together here. Not only have you demonstrated an entire class of “gear” that can and should be optimized for both weight and performance, you’ve given a comprehensive tool (the spreadsheet) and framework (evidence / science based) to do this. Once you’ve seen your videos, your food bag takes on an entirely new meaning. Bravo!

    One area that struck me as potentially problematic was how you calculate the GI of foods. I had the same assumption you did: complex carbs would be low GI and simple sugars would be high GI. This list of foods seems to imply otherwise:

    Instant mashed potatoes has a relatively high GI (87 / 100), whereas pure apple juice is relatively low GI (41 / 100). Oats can have a GI of 55/100 when you’re dealing with the rolled variety, and a GI of 79/100 when you’re dealing with the instant type.

    And one last example: Builder Bars, which contain 17g of added sugar ( and are marketed low GI. This seems crazy to me, but as you pointed out, I can’t imagine label laws would let you get away with labeling a food as low GI if it’s not.

    I love how you use food’s properties as strengths, versus demonizing them. For example, high GI food isn’t bad, it just needs to be used strategically. So I do wish there was a way to know what the GI’ness of a food is. I just haven’t found a way to do this based on the label. Please show me I’m wrong.

  • You also need to factor in wind & starting temperature. Your test water was at room temperature & not a freezing cold water stream.

  • Good looking meal plan! I would add some dehydrated fruits and some sort of dessert. On those lazy days, a mountain home will do the trick.

  • 8:08 I know you’re talking about “Top Of Georgia”. This is the third time I have heard to steer clear of said hostile so I will be hitting up the local hotel in Hiawassee. it just makes more sense.

  • I would like thoughts from everybody on this. I am new to long distance hiking and am in the very early stages of planning my first thru hike of the AT. One of the things I’m wondering about is hiking boots. I have very flat feet so I always have a hard time finding boots that are comfortable. And yes I need the extra support of the boots rather than the shoes. I also wear the special inserts. I am a little concerned about my boots wearing out and not being able to find something comfortable along the trail. I was considering buying several pair of boots, and inserts, before I leave and asking a family member to ship them. I would call/text them a couple of weeks before I needed them and tell them where to ship to. Hopefully that will also save $$$ as boots along the trail might cost more.

    I also had a question about hiking boots vs backpacking boots. I have looked a little at both. And the backpacking boots seem to be much more expensive. Is it worth the extra money? Would they actually last much longer on a thru hike rather than just regular hiking boots?

    Thoughts? Thanks in advance!

  • Darwin, it would be very interesting for you to consider doing a large section of a hike going all vegan. (I’ve been one for 30+ years and sectioned hiked 1,700 of the AT. I believe u would be amazed at the difference. We also avoid all processed oils, hence never need to soap your pots. Obviously you would need to try it out for say 3-4 weeks at he prior to a hike. Prob the number one go to site would be Nutritionfacts org, 2,000 + videos. I’m constantly experimenting but generally make all my own food. My off trail diet consists of about 75% unrefined starchy (carbohydrate) foods. I just add lots more raw nuts n no sugar added dried fruits. I also trail run have very good health, take zero meds have no family doctor. I’m 66 wife also dropped 56+ lbs in 8 months (drmcdougall com is a doc we’ve followed for 30 years The Starch Solution). I really Enjoy ur videos ������������������✌��

  • 1) Weight in the hands or feet is twice as heavy, because they travel twice the distance. Carrying tape on trekking-pole is the least efficient place to carry it. Cut a piece of fat straw (eg McDonalds), roll tape onto straw and carry it in your pack if you want to at least look like you know what you’re doing out there? 3) Food: Use bulk freeze-dried for most staples (meat, beans…), instead of rationing so carefully? Freeze-dried is roughly one-tenth the weight of regular food and less than half the weight of most grocery trail-food. That way you always carry less weight and never run short?

    4) Eat heavy food first obvious. 5) Use Twinline Flosser’s for teeth and sewing-thread for sewing. Seam-seal won’t stick well to waxed floss and eventually, you’ll want to seam-seal patches. A few yards of #70 Gutterman’s thread weighs one-gram (1/28th oz) and will be worth the (same) time spent sewing, because it’s a permanent fix. 8) Use a bidet, instead of TP. Bidet cleans everything (salt, dust, etc,) and leaves nothing behind. No carry-out mess either. 10) Phones are lighter than guides.

  • I never split a small hotel room with 11 other people in South Padre before but if I did I would only have like two people at the front desk with checking in.

  • I scanned the CT Guide and loaded the PDF to my phone, along with my shopping food list and main water stops/campsite list. Too easy.

  • My wife is from Thailand where toilet paper is sold in individually packaged rolls. In Thailand, TP is used to (obviously) wipe your ass, but also in place of tissues and paper towels. So when my wife and I did our first road trip around Isaan region of Thailand, she picked up a roll of TP, poked her finger in one end of the plastic wrap, pulled out the cardboard roll from the center and the TP followed the roll, leading to a self dispensing setup. Clever little siamese lady. I just re-roll my TP into a smaller roll and keep it in a soft sunglasses case with my TentLab Deuce trowel rubber banded to it.

  • Another way to carry duct tape. Take one empty toilet paper roll and wrap with duct tape. Two wraps work. Then shove a towel or small piece of clothing into the roll that will compress that you normally carry in your pack. Takes about the same space as the clothing. Or maybe stuff your first aid stuff inside the roll. Just another thought.

  • Useful but I can’t help but think things like “liner? Just wear your fucking clothes to sleep, you’ll be ready to move AND warm.”
    “Fucking STOVE SYSTEM”!?”
    You spoiled bitch!

  • Hey Darwin, I’m just curious if you have ever done some fishing while you’re out on the trail. If so, I would like to see if you had any specific recommendations for an ultralight fishing rod. Please get back to me. Blessings to you on the trail!

  • I use a slightly larger ass pad to serve as a door mat for the tent. I’m old and make a couple “trips” each night. Really handy to roll out on the clean cushion. Keeps the tent clean.

  • Another great hack is to pour hot water in your meal pouch, seal it up to cook, and use it as a heat pad while your food cooks. Feels great on back and legs!

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    In the camping sundries aisle of the store, you can usually find mini rolls of duct tape that don’t have a center. The roll is only about 3/4 inch diameter and has a few yards of duct tape. Very handy to carry and you don’t have to worry about the tape weathering on your trek pole.

  • Since I need to redeem myself and save face: If you use an alcohol stove, sleep with the fuel when it’s cold. Your stove will preheat and bloom much more quickly in the morning. Filtering water the night before and sleeping with it will make it boil much more quickly, especially if you heated it near the previous night’s campfire (I carry a stainless single-walled bottle for that purpose in cold weather). Wait until the bottle cools before putting it in a cozy or socks, so you don’t damage them. Actually, sleeping with any fuel (except fuel tabs) will make your stove more efficient in the morning. Use solid fuel tabs? A dab of hand sanitizer or drop of alcohol (I carry a small bottle of Isopropyl for hand sanitizer and medical use) gets the tab started quickly, as will a square of toilet paper, paper trash, birch bark, etc.

  • It’s called a lid,…the idea of the brain came from thru hikers…do you have any ideas why it’s not called thru backpacking… A Backpack manufacturer calls them lids…sorry I didn’t mean to offend you please forgive me…

  • Take a piece of Reflectex and cut it into the small shape of your body. This is one of the most versatile equip pieces you can carry. Weighs about 4 oz. Uses: Replaces sit pad by performing all those functions PLUS…..Place inside sleeping bag/quilt on top if you to create extra warmth on cold nights. Like having your own personal heater. (Replaces heavier bag/bag liner, heavier clothing).
    Can be used under sleeping pad to protect from punctures on rough/poky ground. Use it under bag for cowboy camping.
    Instant shade in exposed treeless areas by rigging it to trekking poles/bush/backpack creating your own shade to rest under.
    Water proof and wind proof uses.
    And so many more uses and weighs so little.

  • Further to the numbering of your food bags I have green, yellow and red stuff sacks like a traffic light,which represent all my breakfasts, lunches and dinners so I only unpack what I need. I have a whitish one where I put all the crap like medication, repellant, light that I may need at night. It helps me break camp quicker in the morning. My arse pad goes under my pillow.

  • I use foam from the packing material when I bought my laptop computer. It is ultra light does not absorb water and the best part it was free. It is about an inch thick and you can cut it to size.

  • On the hiker guide one, instead of tearing out pages as I go, I just make copies of the pages I need to start (because I’m one of those book lovers who can’t bring herself to tear pages out of a book) and carry them with me. I put the other copies of pages I’ll need in the future into my resupply boxes. That way I can recycle the old pages (or burn them) when I don’t need them any more and don’t have to carry the whole dang book. I also take pictures of the pages on my phone and keep them in a file there, just in case something should happen to my printed copies.

  • Thanks for the really great explanation from Katie. REI rocks!
    A couple of years ago we designed the “Gas Canister Calculator” which anyone can use to calculate how much gas, how many canisters and the best stove category for your backpacking trip.
    Our numbers are based on data gathered over several years on the trail in different conditions. And the numbers allow you to optimise your stove and canister combination for the size of group, days on the trail and boiling water needs. Numbers should be similar irrespective of stove brand. Hope this helps!

  • Listening to you while doing pool drills for long distance 1 rail bankshots and everything was gravy…then 11:26 happen and my roommate’s gf busts out laughing(usually when she laughs its like hehe and done but no this was the “damn she gonna pee herself?” Type laugh…then she say’s, “did He just say to follow him on Instagram for nude(her “d” wasn’t very well enunciated and I heard it as “new” because well…I didn’t see any old nudes of y’all and I have been following for some time…but I digress) photos of him and Snuggles…?” And I thought she was laughing because you called your gf Snuggles and she had images of this young, accomplished, happy go lucky, bearded man dancing around with the Fabric sheet bear…then she asked, “I thought Insta banned nude photo’s?” and I caught on…she heard “nude” and the fabric softener bear…now that is a funny mental image…! Love the video’s been following since the ATC! p.s. I eventually explained trail names…

  • Ripping pages out of a book, that is horrible:-P I wonder if they carry windshield screens up here. Usually we want cars to warm up in the sun instead of sitting on cold hard seats. Actually if you used a kindle paperwhite. It is lightweight and you can have many books on it. Have your cake and…

  • Hey Darwin,,
    ,,,,swamp gal here,,,
    ,i use the winshild cover as a sitts pad cuz its long & can stretch my.legs out & can set my pack on it & when ya stop to eat ya can set your food down on it,&or if ya want to put your feet up a tree,,its great ta lay on & i put it under my sleeping bag as an insulater from the ground,,,double duty,,

  • While this is not a comment directly related to the video, it is somewhat related. I have never heard any thru-hiking you tubers talk about bamboo and/or hemp clothing. Could you offer your opinion on these textiles? Thanks!

  • For the Ass Pad, I actually make my food coozie big enough to do both. So the only time it doesn’t work as a pad is when I’m letting my food sit in the coozie. The rest of the time, it does the same as the Z-seat and bonus is that after you are finished your food, the seat is warm from the hot food. Just heat up your food first, then while it’s hydrating in the coozie, set up camp. Then come back and take out the food and sit on the now warm sit pad, also good for fanning a fire.

  • Great tips, not sure some of the Scottish hotels would like 6 hikers in a hotel room. ��
    I take photos with my phone of guide books so its all on my phone.

  • If it costs money to send a package to each post office, then is it better to send loads of food to the first office and then forward them for free each time??

  • Will gaffers tape work for repairs? I ask as it is easier to remove and is not as sticky. I use it on stage to tape down cables. Just a question. Thanks

  • The bounce box free forwarding mentioned is good only if you do not open the box, otherwise more freight to pay for. I worked for the USPS for a long time.

  • What I do instead of taking the whole AT Guide I took a picture of every page, put it on a 1gb sdcard and just pop it in my camera to read it! It weighs less than a gram! Hope that helps.

  • I made the mistake of overpacking supplies but underpacking snacks on my last backpacking trip. I can confirm that hiking is a heck of a lot worse when you don’t have snacks on hand.

  • What’s that you asked? What kind of “hiker” am I? I’m handsdown a Youtube hiker! I get to travel the world, check out the scenic views, learn from your mistakes, know what gears the best and just overall be very knowledgeable about something Ive never done! Good times!

  • When backpacking, you aren’t supposed to use toilet paper. If you do, you have to pack it out with you, and no one likes carrying poop in their pack for a week. Using a book or tp and putting it in the hole is leaving a trace, and a damaging one at that.
    Also, another reason besides the one you gave for not bringing deodorant: It builds up and clogs up your sweat pores, which is harmful to your health. It also attracts bears.

  • M8, i am a dead set new fan lol. My son and I r looking at walking the Bicentennial National Trail (Australia 5330kms) in 2023 and have started looking at tips and tricks for long hauls already. U sir, r a legend! Ty for ur videos, both my 11yr old son and I r finding them extremely helpful ������

  • BRILLIANT!! Best idea for arse pad. I sleep with a pillow between my knees at home, I miss that when sleeping out in the bush and sleep less comfortably as a result. I love my arse pad, I love it even more now that it has yet another use.

  • Darwin: Instead of a book of maps, or trying to use a smartphone app… what do you think about a tablet like the iPad mini 4? Even with a recharge battery, you would save weight and increase your resource material 1000x.

    It weighs only 10 ozs, you can bring all of Half Mile’s maps + The Water Resource + a ton of other trail resources (plants, animals, geology, etc). You can log all your miles and do a daily diary. You can also bring books to read or even movies if that’s your preference… you can bring NightSky to interpret the heavens on those amazing nights under the stars. If you are a musician (I am), bring a small instrument and you have all of your song charts with you. You have a quality music-listening platform with earphones + quality still & video cameras… plus about a boatload full of other information it would be nice to have on the trail.

  • Unless you question your water quality, then I suggest you NOT boil the water for either the dehydrated meals or beverage. You can get the water very hot and it works just fine with Mountain House meals, coffee, ramen, etc.. And you fuel will last longer. This served me well thru hiking the AT. Ultimately I ditched my stove altogether with 750 miles to go to save wait and still had Mountain House meals, Ramen and coffee. The dehydrated hiker food will start re-hydrate but perhaps not be as satisfying as when it is hot.

  • Great video! Super helpful as I’ve been meaning to find the answer to this myself, thanks for doing the work for me! Same small collection of partially used containers in my gear…Sharpie tally marks on the bottom to keep track of # of boils will be my future plans. Thank you!

  • Potential option for # 10 Kindle (5.7 oz) super long battery life, and can get the AWOL book for free. XD. they are also pretty thin.

  • If the drone is stable (adjective) in flight, it flies stabLY (adverb). Adjectives describe things, adverbs describe actions. I am impressed with your device, but not your advertising. Hire a proofreader. ��

  • D…. please tell me what info you put on your po box when you don’t know what date you will be at the next town…. name, ….. what info… Bloomington mn

  • Vaseline and cotton balls they burn for about 4 minutes per ball, vaseline is excellent for chapped lips, moisturizing skin, sealing cuts, and waterproofing repair patches.. a pre-soaked cotton ball is good on hot spots before you get a blister, it costs maybe $3 for a jar of vaseline and bag of cotton balls at the dollar store, which is hours of burn time.. you can also save even more by just using a single ball to fire up the twig stove and using twigs to cook (a little messy, but its free and abundant), also it packs down small and is lighter than other fuels when you compare amount of burn time vs amount of fuel. And you know when you get those lonely times in the bush..

    Great tips dude, thanks for sharing.

  • question for anyone that knows I am new to hiking and backpacking just started this year and ive seen some people with their sleeping bags or pads attached to the outside if that something maybe I should try and how come people do that rather than putting it inside the pack?

  • Thanks, Taylor. Good reminder for basic stuff! Did you go all 2650 and complete the PCT? How long did it take you? Did you document it?

  • I watched so many videos about how to pack your backpack for backpacking trip and at the end of the videos they never mention the weight they are packing! I think they just want the viewer to assumed is the magic number (26lbs)!

  • The starting temperature of the water was not included in the test which is an important factor as you are raising a given volume of water from a starting temperature to a boil. Mountain streams and lakes are cold!!

  • Real REI’ers don’t use fuel. It is environmentally unfriendly. No nylon tent due to the oil it took to make it. No leather, you know the whole animal thingy. Shame on you for promoting the destruction of the earth.

  • Thx for making this vid.
    I am looking at the AT in 2021.
    And I’m diabetic.
    I’m not sure about how or what to plan.
    I would prefer to resupply in town, but I’m taking your advise about, doing research.
    This is the second video I’ve watched and I’m really liking your advise.
    So I subscribed.
    Maybe I’ll see you on the trail.
    Embrace the suck!

  • Always see many stupid comments “just go hiking” for those who are starting hiking, remember that for all sports, you need muscle protection and strength to have better results. Or it would be easy to say to a swimmer, just stay in the pool and you will be the champ….

  • Thank you so much for making these videos! They are incredible!! Can you describe the carb/protein column? I’m not sure if it’s showing ratios or grams?

  • So glad I saw a reference to your video on FB…an incredible amount of information that has changed the way I look at backpacking foods. And I really appreciate you sharing your spreadsheet. Made for an easy way to determine net carbs so I can try to stay on Keto during my hike. Thank you!!

  • How would you recommend going about determining the total volume of calories needed per day? That is, if I’m stockpiling kind bars, how many should I bring total per day?

  • My food has been refined to be very calorie dense, but now can look at % breakdowns. Can’t wait to expand my food spreadsheet! Fantastic video. Thank you for putting it out there.

  • While it must be incredibly nice to have towns every 3 days or so, I would always have contingency for problems. Carry an extra b’fast, dinner, snacks, in case delayed by weather, injury, illness.Even more may be needed if chance of delay in very cold environment. Mainly walking routes and wilderness travel.

  • I take a fuel canister per 4 days plus a partial just incase. Boils have so many variables you cant math it out. Just take a little extra or eat cold food

  • Thanks for all this great work. From all the varied bars that I’ve looked at, two brands that have good calorie density and are not on your list are Yes Bars and 88 Acres protein bars.

  • Great research and amazing job at communicating your findings. Is there any way you could share the XLS version of your table? It would be an amazing data source to incorporate into a meal planning model I’m working on.

  • @ 14:10 Strangely enough, I actually gained about 15 pounds when I thru hiked the AT. I knew early on the importance of fat, and boy did I eat a lot of it. For instance, when I town I sometimes put butter on my french fries (it’s delicious, especially on steak fries). I also carried lots of peanut butter and olive oil.

    Anyway, back to the video. I’m loving this series.

  • I know the video is already made, but im curious how the Quaker protein instant oatmeal would fit into this formula. Still low in fat but “bombed” with PB I think it could be another good starter meal.