Yesterday I went out and bought the bulk of the food I’ll eat along the trail. This time around I just bought whatever I thought I’d like to eat for a somewhat extended period of time. Last year I was much more scientific about my purchases and even made an excel spreadsheet comparing calories per dollar because well, I don’t have much money, I’m a poor smelly thru hiker! This info if you’re interested is back near the beginning of this blog around April 2014!
So people often ask me, “don’t you just crave nutritious food? Like when you’re out there is fruit and veggies all you want?” Well… If by fruit you mean peach rings, jelly beans and sour patch kids then yes! And by veggies you mean Pringles then also yes!

I mean just look at all the different fruits in there. Orange, juicy pear, tutti fruity, etc.

Once hiker hunger sets in all I want is meat and candy and fat. I’ll eat veggies and fruit when I’m in town but they’re too heavy to carry around and I really don’t crave them. This is not really a common sentiment with thru hikers however. I know some of my buddies like Guthrie loved him some blueberries and carrot was always down for a salad.
I craved protein and pure energy. I needed to grow those disproportionate calf muscles all thru hikers cultivate and then give the them raw energy to run those bad boys for months on end. So that’s the kind of food I bought. High calorie, high fat and some high protein in the mix. Oh and lots of salty stuff. Pretty much everything that is bad for you in civilization is what I want while hiking.

Snickers are a well know food source for wild hikers.

I guess the staple food of mine however is the usual bars, granola bars, powerbars and cereal. I hate trail mix with a passion so that is not on the menu. I like straight up Cheerios and Special K in place of it. I’ll also carry along some multivitamins and electrolyte pills since salt lost is rampant in the desert environment.

Rice krispes treats are cereal right?!

Also for the first time I got some crystal light flavoring packets because I was very jealous of Twinkle’s squirrel blood juice and other powdered drinks. Some even have caffeine just in case I need a real boost.

3 thoughts on “Food!!!”

  1. HAHA! This is so awesome! I love that you’re totally forward about what you crave out in the wilds! Who knew that jelly beans were so much like fruit? lol I don’t eat candy so I guess I’m missing out on some serious fruity nutrition! ;D oh and I don’t avoid candy because of the sugar/calorie thing, I just don’t like sweets lol

    Hike on! I look forward to your photos!

  2. PS – Rice Krispie Squares are definitely cereal. That’s one sort of sweet thing I’ll eat. Because really, who doesn’t love them?

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