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dig_scott


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we usually go for a couple of days. ramen noodles, hot chocolate, and oatmeal consists of what we bring up. brought some soup up this time for 3 days.


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Hey, I like to bring bread, a can or two of tuna, a few beers, and for the climb nothing beats the gel packs! But thats only if I go out for the long haul!
Take what ever floats yer boat mate! If yer proud enough to stick the climb, take what ya want to ta stick down yer throat! I've been known to hike alot a brew over what doesn't kill me.


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Usually the Alpine Air pastas. Carbo loading's good plus you cook it in the bag so you aren't getting your pot dirty. If you don't mind getting your pot dirty, those instant mashed potatoes are wickedly good on a cold night! Bagels or instant oatmeal for breakkie and lots of Luna Bars for snacks plus of course, summit chocolate


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I often have a box of Tim Hortins muffins racked to my harness when craging. That and lots of water!!!


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a flask of honey or maple syrup im not sure weather to be disgusted or impressed by the ingenuity of it


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I agree, bring things you will eat or like so that you won't avoid eating. I usually take granola bars or bar food, jerky, tuna lunch packs, and the single serving fruit cups- fruit cups don't bruise or go bad!


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anything that packs well, and that you like. sometimes I take a zip loc bag of raw meat, that I cook while im out camping.


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i like to take trail mix, banana bread, and a couple snickers bars


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Depends. At camp or on summit day?

The whole enchilada:

Saying I'm on the mountain for three days (which I usually am):

Backpacker's Pantry deydrated meals
Apples
Nutri-Grain bars
Trail Mix

Summit day:
Nutri-Grain bars
Trail Mix

Things can vary. Cup o soup stuff, chocolate bars, or ramen noodles.

A flask filled with Amaretto or Yagermeister often makes it's way into my pack for the final night before packing out.


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On a wall you have to haul your water, so dehydrated food, dried fruit and other lightweight camping foods make no sense at all.

Canned foods, especially those with lots of water are great. Fresh fruit (oranges, apples, bananas) can be hard to keep safe, but are worth it. Tortillas are already squashed flat, so you can't really hurt them. Swipe some cream cheese packs from Degnan's (buy a bagel, get five). And for that matter, bribe the Jack In The Box clerk to give you a BIG handful of their guacamole packs.

Trail mix is fine, as long as the water bottle is in your other hand. If you add crushed crackers taken from Degnan's, you get Chongo Mix.

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Mac and cheese. Lots of fat and carbs. Easy to make. Just add water and cook.


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If you can find a South African butcher pick up some Biltong. It's some of the best dried meat you'll ever have.


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Nutella and bagels rule, also the 3 B's are definetly feel good food after a hard day of climbing: Bananas, Brownies and Beer.
Other than that chips and Salsa is nice as it'll force you to stay hydrated.


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Gummi Bears, Chocolate


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For a six day trip through the Pickets this past summer, I allocated per day:

two packets of oatmeal
two cheese sandwiches (each consisting of two slices of whole-grain bread and two slices of Munster -- yes, they lasted the entire trip)
one Clif bar
one Snickers
5 oz couscous
3 oz horsecock


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Chongo Packs: free packs of mustard, mayonaise, tabasco, butter and cream cheese.

Put the free saltines in your trail mix, and you get Chongo Mix (dries your mouth out like hell).

Jack In The Box has guacamole in little packs, too. I haven't figured out how to get a bunch of those for free, though.

Taco Bell orange hotsauce packs can overturn a dreary bread and water prison diet into a feast fit for a Wall King.

Beef jerky, found in the bottom of the haul bag, is treasure.


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You should all get a fooddehydrator. I got one for Christmas, and it makes the best snacks! Dried fruits, dehydrated soup mixes, jerky, anything! I am officially obsessed (last night I made great fruit roll ups)


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For on route: Dates, baby carrots, figs, hemp seeds, water with emergenC packets added.

For basecamp: salad, and anything that can be prepared by just adding hot water.


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MRE's. Good stuff, and come with their own water-activated heaters. They tend to plug you up, though, and they're heavy.

If you can get a hold of some RCW's (ration, cold weather) they are DOPE! Light, lotsa carbs, and yummy!


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Jerky (I make my own and I DON'T use a dehydrator) Feel free to PM or Email me for the Recipe.
Oatmeal Packets.
Loaf of bread or box of crackers and jar of Peanutbutter and/or Nutella.
For the FIRST day or so. Bananas and cheese and any other fruit I can find on sale.
A Giant Hersheys Special Dark Chocolate bar. Break is up and have a piece when you need a sugar fix between meals.
I also take Gatorade Drink mix powder. Electrolytes = Good.
Nuts and/or Trail mix.

I thought I'd add a note on MRE's since I have more than my share of experience with them (needless to say, for those of you who DON'T already know, I was in the military). MRE's are a highly nutritious, high calorie Meal Ready to Eat. And some are QUITE tasty (especially the spaghetti or the Ham and Cheese Omlette with Potatoes Au Gratin). The drawbacks to them are....they DO "plug you up". FOR DAYS! And they are heavy. They will get you to and past your pack weight limit in hurry. For this reason, I prefer food that I can add water to LATER rather than carry it wet. Also, in the civillian world, they can be pretty expensive. I live in the Denver area of Colorado and the stores that sell them here sell them for $5 - $7 per meal. For that price I can get MUCH more by using the items in my list above.

P.S. For a TREAT, take powdered milk, cheese, and tortillas. Add water to the powdered milk, put with cheese in a cup and melt (assuming you have a cooking stove or campfire). Don't make it TOO runny. Pour on tortilla and toast it over a flame. BAM!!! Instant (more or less) Quesadillas.

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beef jerky, beef jerky, and beef jerky !

actually i usually bring beef jerky, romen noodles, froxen dried foods, power bars, honey, peanut butters, bagels or english muffins. sometimes i bring cheese and 6" tortillas if i go winter backpacking. oh of course in wintertime i bring hot chocolate and small bottle of razzeberry liquar.(one bag of choc with one shot of razzeberry liquar) so yummie ! i look for easy cooking. i am not mr.chef in woods.


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Beef Jerky, peanut butter, bagels, usually a thermos of something warm in winter, hot chocolate and bailey's is always good when it's cold.


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I can't believe it took this long to mention Power Bars.

Granted, they are gross, expensive, don't taste good and are not pleasant to eat, but they do incredible things for their weight.

My favorite meal in the mauntains is Rice-A-Roni. It is cheap, light, easy to cook and a real meal. The Wild Rice is the best since it doesn't have the pasta that gets all mushy, even when you saute it and scorch your pan.


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I have to vote for Mac & Cheese for dinner, PB&J the rest of the time. Oh, and you cant forget the snickers bars and beef jerky.

Does anybody see the trend that we haven't been mentioning any name brand 'energy' bars?


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light and full of calories are what I look for. Thats why I bring up powdered cream of wheat, potatoe flakes, macaroni noodles, things of that nature that are not hydrated. Remember, on a mountain there is usually water everywhere, you just need to thaw it out most of the time.
However, what I bring for food on a moutain really depends on the mountain. How long will my trip be? How far will I have to haul my gear? How much time will I be trapped in a tent? All of these questions are relevent to what kind of food I may want to bring.
The longer the trip, the less bland I prefer my foods to be. If I am out for a few days, I might bring a bunch of freeze-dryed strawberriy or blueberry chunks to add to the cream of wheat or something else to "liven up" the food. If I am out for a LONG time, like the better part of a week or more, I will bring some food that is high in fats and protiens, like a block of cheese and a few sticks of butter, beef jerkey, or dried beans. Anyways, lots of considerations to think about before planning your meals on a mountain.
PS-I have to agree with Wildtrail regarding the flask of Jagermeister. Gotta bring somthing to get you up in the morning and put you down at night.

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