hikerduane wrote:When do you start taking in electrolytes if any after breakfast? Or do you take water for awhile, then switch to a mix? I've hiked a couple hours before taking on a mix if any, to stretch a quart out for that days hike. Am I being frugal? I'm usually of the I can tough it out mentality. 63 now, may need to abandon that line of thought. )
I dig this question.
My backpacking breakfast is always in camp shortly after wakeup around 6/630 most days. Almost always oatmeal w protein powder/dried fruit mixed in, plus 2 starbucks via coffees. I used to split coffee, but now just put the Via into 1 single cup to save water/time. I get the hydration issue. I drink at least a liter usually before setting off on trail.
It has only been since coming to Sierras and now being later 30's that drinks other than water seemed important. I'll typically have 1, maybe 2, liters/day with gatorade mixed in. Some days it is late afternoon, while relaxing post hike and before dinner. I try to avoid dinner/onward to avoid late night trips outside the tent. But some days, I will pound a gatorade w/in hour or so after breakfast if feeling the coffee and water to follow was insufficient. Nothing standard, but I need my coffee yet realize that and my morning potty run can leave me flushed....
Don't be frugal. Do what your body needs.