Hi folks, I'm looking for suggestions for my first long hike since going 811. It'll be 7 days into the back country with no access to anything (just the way I like it). Have you ever done this/ have you got any suggestions for me? Also relevant is that I live in Newfoundland, a Canadian island in the North Atlantic so produce is at times sketchy and often limited. And everything's gotta come in on my back in addition to my tent, pad, sleeping bag etc. Thanks!
I too have been perplexed by this one until I discovered banana powder online. I figured I could make it with some experimenting, and sure enough it has come out. Basically I dehydrate sliced bananas until there is no moisture. Then freeze them (so they are harder). After they are frozen toss them in the food processor or high powered blender and process till a powder form. I did this with bananas, strawberries, and spinach. I plan to bring a 32 oz container with and make liquid/smoothie type concoctions. Here's the breakdown of my four day Grand Canyon Trip coming up next week. I can let you know how the food worked out, as this is the first time I will be trying it in the back country.
SWEET! thanks so much! I've got some time so I'll do some experimenting in the meantime but do let me know how your trip goes. Have a great trip! I've only seen the canyon from above but I'd love to hike it sometime.
Well we do have an open spot! Or you can always wait till next year, we aim to do Havasupai 3.0 next year and we have been talking about a week long trek through the canyon on a less populated route but that is in the very early stages. Oh and my roommate and I have been kicking around the idea of a Rim to Rim to Rim in sub 24 hours, if your interested.
Hmmmm, though very tempting I live in Newfoundland which is like a gazillion miles away, okay it's only 4000miles away which is still a bit of a hike
Ok just got back from the trip. It was amazing, as expected. But the fueling didn't pan out as planned.
For some reason the powdered bananas became hard as rocks (they were in ziplock bags, 2 cups each). I had to place the rock hard powder in a container of water and let it sit for most of the day so it would liquefy. This worked ok in this situation, but won't work for most my trips.
The spinach powder tasted terrible and I was unable to swallow it. My GF liked the spinach powder though, so it may be a personal preference.
The strawberries turned out great. The taste was good, the powder stayed powder like, and I will be using this again.
I am now trying to think of some alternative food sources for backpacking, as I was not satisfied with my solution thus far. Any ideas? I am considering switching to cooked carbs during backpacking trips, but would rather find another solution.
"My GF liked the spinach powder though, so it may be a personal preference."
until it got warm, then it reminded me of baby food *barf* but it wasn't that bad before. Might have been better to use 15 lbs of baby spinach instead of the bulk stuff might taste better but not cost efficient i don't think.
the dehydrated tomoatos were spot though, must haves!
Thanks you two for the trip/food update :)
Cool, I'm going on a weeklong trek on a chunk of the appalachian trail next month. So far all I've gathered is raw nuts and other raw trail mix type stuff (Raisins and coconut to name a few). I'm planning on dehydrating a bunch of fruits so I'm glad to have learned about the powder idea (Thanks!) I was also thinking about bringing some normal fruits if my pack isn't too heavy (just to get my body going in the morning probably), I'm not sure yet but I think they should keep for a week.
some will definitely keep for a week, apples, oranges, dates, grapefruit. I'm just gonna see how heavy my pack is and then add as much fresh stuff as I can I guess
The Boutenkos hiked the Pacific Crest Trail raw and wrote about it in their book Raw Family. :)
I'll have to check it out, thanks!
I'm planning on doing the PCT next year. I better get that book!!!!!