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Old 11-30-2007, 10:50 AM
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Default Camping/Trekking food

Im going on a 14-20 day trek in January. There will be nowhere to get food on the way and I will be equiped only with a Billy and gas stove. What's the best food to take with me. Freeze-dry food would perhaps be my best option but its too expesnive to have available for each day. My thought is to take rice to last the trip, porridge, energy bars, eggs, and a few freeze-dry meals. Can anyone reccomend me what to take that meets the criteria of being lightweight, cheap and provide me with enough energy and generally suitable. I will only be drinking water which will be readilly available at intervals along the trek.

I like the idea of taking lots of rice but I really need something to go with it and a more variable diet.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:19 AM
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get those packs of tuna and salmon
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:34 AM
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dont they need to be refrigerated or kept at certain temperature?
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:43 AM
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I dunno, they sell them on the shelf next to the cans at my supermarket.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:52 AM
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Don't skimp on cost. 20 days worth is a lot of food, and if you stop enjoying your meals you will wind up really miserable.

Where are you going?
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:01 PM
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Default Re: Camping/Trekking food

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Don't skimp on cost. 20 days worth is a lot of food, and if you stop enjoying your meals you will wind up really miserable.

Where are you going?

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Well next week Im doing the Great Ocean Walk and then in january im doing the great south west walk.

Im pretty sure that tuna in a rucksack will go off after a few days... it will be very hot.
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:55 PM
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Default Re: Camping/Trekking food

jerky/nuts...easy to carry, eat, store, easy to live on this for 20 days.
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Old 11-30-2007, 01:03 PM
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Yeah, nuts would be good, tasty and high energy.

Meat in tins can last years, things like spam and corned beef. Spam is kind of gross normally, but after four hours walking a tin of spam can be heavenly. They are heavy though, so I'd take like 3 or 4 for the first few days.

By protein powder I mean the kind of things body-builders use. I wouldn't worry about it too much, as you want a lot of carbs mostly.

Can you not get someone to meet you along the way somewhere in acar and drop you off some more food? Its just that you want to be enjoying yourself, and that will be harder to do if you food is dull and your pack is heavy.
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Old 11-30-2007, 01:12 PM
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Default Re: Camping/Trekking food

naaa, I could pay for a food drop-off but I don't think thats an authentic way to trek. Noodles, nuts, beef jerky, rice, mash potato, canned meat, porridge, a few freeze-dry meals is fine for me and shouldnt be too heavy. thanks for your help -certainly an improvement from just taking rice!

To be honest I dont eat much anyway and should be good for me to experience the 'art of hunger' now and then! The GOW is only 7 days so I guess I can see how that goes food-wise and make adjustments for the 20 day walk.
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Old 11-30-2007, 01:31 PM
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This sounds completely absurd. You're looking at carrying ~45 lbs in just food? Not to mention I think that number is somewhat conservative as you'll probably like to have some less dense foods at times which'll drive the weight up considerably. (dried fruit being very notable)

Get a drop off or work something out. Pack weight is probably one of the most important things when the fun factor of a trip is involved.
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