# Monday, July 24, 2006

I took my daughter on her first overnight backpacking trip this weekend, which would have been fantastic had it not been for the mosquitoes.  Other than that, it was a lovely trip, just to the Southeast of Three Finger Jack. 

Anyway, in preparing for the hike I spent some time researching good backpacking food.  One thing I had to work to keep in mind, though, was that much of the literature assumes that you are thru-hiking, or taking longer, more arduous trips that you can with a seven-year-old.  If you are only walking 3 miles a day, you have to watch out for the high-calorie, low space/weight stables common in the hard core hiking literature.  Since my daughter’s a bit “particular” we opted for Mountain House’s freeze-dried mac & cheese for dinner, which went over well, and was tasty enough, although their sweet and sour pork is still my favorite.  I want to try experimenting with some cheaper alternatives, like ramen and freeze-dried veggies/tofu, or instant refried beans and rice, which are pretty easy to come by. 

I also tried “Ultralight Joe’s Moose Goo”, which is 2 parts honey, 2 parts “corn flour” or masa harina, and 1 part peanut butter.  Joe suggests putting it on tortillas, which is what I did.  Tasty, callorie dense, and pretty stable.  Much less gooey than peanut butter by itself, and pretty easy to work with, at least when it’s 80° out.  According to the literature, it’s pretty much immovable below about 40°. 

Also a big success was Alacer Corp.’s ElectroMIX:  basically unsweetened electolite powder that you mix into a liter of water.  It tastes great, with none of the cloying sweetness of Gatorade.  Just the thing for hot weather, and it weighs practically nothing.


Monday, July 24, 2006 8:52:55 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]