Long Distance Backpacking - what's for lunch?

Have a favorite trail recipe or technique you'd like to share? Please do! We also like reviews of various trail food products out there. The Backcountry Food Topix forum is the place to discuss all things related to food and nourishment while in the Sierra wilderness (as well as favorite trail head eateries).
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Re: Long Distance Backpacking - what's for lunch?

Post by longri » Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:21 am

Flamingo wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:47 am
...pre-cooked Indian entrees...

...I've used these pre-cooked entrees extensively during my thru-hikes on the PCT and CDT.

You've taken multiple 10oz foul pouch meals on 2000+ mile walks?

That certainly upends the notion of long distance = lightweight when it comes to food.

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Re: Long Distance Backpacking - what's for lunch?

Post by Flamingo » Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:32 am

@longri Yes :) My philosophy is to make my gear ultralight, so that I can carry delicious (sometimes heavy) food.

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Re: Long Distance Backpacking - what's for lunch?

Post by MountainMinstrel » Wed May 08, 2019 9:47 pm

I used to take Peanut butter and honey and put it on Tortillas, but a couple of years ago, I ditched the torts. Now I just take the pb and honey (about a half of cup) and eat that by itself. I 'm not really a fan of any kind of bread so just doing the pf and honey like a gel shot has worked great for me.
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Re: Long Distance Backpacking - what's for lunch?

Post by JWreno » Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:22 pm

Haven't done more than 3 weeks at a time but we have done several 2-3 week long trips.

We like to graze for breakfast and lunch. We have cooked dinner on some trips and ate cold on others.

Typical grazing food:

home dried fruits and jerky
pretzel nibs or other crunchy carbs
some chocolate or candy

We like to take a few hours off every 3-4 days when it is a sunny and warm afternoon. We use the bear cans and wash all the clothing. We do afternoon body washes using a single bear can full of water, dipping cup, washing cloth and camp duds. I prefer not to embrace the stink.

August clothing can be pretty simple, running shorts, light shirt, socks. Socks take the longest to dry. We put the evening warmer gear on after we are clean so we don't usually wash that stuff.

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