[pct-l] Simplifying Meal Preparation

Jeffrey Olson jolson at olc.edu
Tue Sep 19 09:23:37 CDT 2006

I've suggested this before so don't roll your eyes at the repetition.  
Mealpack bars at http://mealpack.com/ are my favorite food while 
hiking.  Each bar is just under 4 oz and packs about 410 to 440 
calories.  Check out the website for more specs. 

I planned to eat four a day last year on my long section hike summer and 
ended up eating three a day.  Another good food (as well as those 
already mentioned) is far east mix - if you have a good natural foods 
store near you you can find many different kinds.  It's not too hard to 
put together a cookless system that is nutritious and filling as well.  
And I can atest to how nice it is not to bother with stove and fuel. 

I do think stoveless hiking makes the margin for error in regards to 
hypothermia a little tighter though.  You have to rely that much more on 
your experience rather than gear...

Jeff, just Jeff...

Jim Keener wrote:
> Greetings:
> I noticed that I have much less energy left at the end
> of a hiking day than others appear to have. And that's
> not surprising, as I'm 62. So I'm experimenting with
> ways to simplify the hiking day - trying to eliminate
> as many activities as possible apart from the joy of
> walking. And the thing I'm looking at now is food and
> food preparation. One of the ways to simplify food
> prep is to eliminate cooking. 
> I tried Pop-Tarts in 2004. Wretched. Cardboard with
> sweetened spray paint. But I have no ideas at all for
> dinner.
> What, you might say, is my point? I'm looking for
> breakfast and dinner ideas which require no cooking,
> none at all. Please let me know what your experience
> has been. Have you tried no-cooking-required meals?
> And if so, would you do it again - and for an extended
> hike?
> Thanks,
> J J

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