I am about to just take a bear canister full of trail mix.
Thanks to an overwhelming response by you the readers on the blog post, The Crunch…the Challenges I was well armored with tips and ideas to go gluten and dairy free on my upcoming Continental Divide Trail hike. Thank you, thank you for sharing your links, encouragement, videos, articles, and personal experiences.
Planning food for a long distance hike is tiring, draining, and challenging. How does one know what food and amounts that will be embraced in a couple of weeks, a month, or 2 months? Scary stuff.
What food did I end up with? I am really excited. Here are a few highlights (I will be posting more details later):
- Breakfast: Plant based protein powder, powdered rice milk, chia seeds, flax meal, hemp seeds and a VIA coffee all in a snack size Ziploc
- Snacks: Lara Bars (Costco has a killer deal now), Kind Bars, vegetable chips, kale chips, nuts (all kinds), coconut, freeze-dried fruit, dried peas and green beans
- Lunch: Home dehydrated tuna, salmon, and chicken, Justins Almond Butter and Peanut Butter, Organic Beef Jerky, Mary’s Gluten Free Crackers
- Dinner: Home dehydrated spaghetti with meat sauce and rice noodles (this is my favorite), Teriyaki Chicken, Chili with Fritos, Quinoa with veggies, Quinoa with beans of all kinds, Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Potatoes, Thai Lemon grass and Ginger, Justins Hazelnut Butter (for dessert)
Silly Chili’s food experience:
First off you must know my son is a health nut, so we both match perfectly. He started the week-long food extravaganza with zest and gusto, but soon succumbed to the sheer weight of decision-making: how much, what combos, how to pack it, and how to organize it. My strategy was just let him explore on his own. It is what all long distance hikers must face. After a rough first day of food prep, things turned around. He started dehydrating like a maniac, created new food combos, and actually enjoyed the process. Silly Chili chose not to label what is in each dinner by choice. He is looking forward to a surprise each night on the trail.
Silly Chili and I will be on a plane headed to Durango, CO tomorrow morning to embark upon new unknown CDT territory. We both are seeking all that the CDT will throw at us: the good, the beauty, the snow, the people, the hikers, the defeats, and the challenges. Bring it on.