[pct-l] Food Supplies for 6 day Hike
trbeals at berkeley.edu
Mon Mar 31 12:32:17 CDT 2008
I usually plan on 1.5 pounds of dried food per person per day. 19
pounds sounds just right for two people for six days (i.e., 1.5 lb /
person / day plus a pound of "emergency food") if you're not big eaters.
A good rule of thumb for dried food is 1800 Calories / lb. This
assumes that the food is entirely dry, and is composed entirely of
carbs and protein (each 4 Cal / g). If your food has a bit of moisture
but also a bit of fat (9 Cal / g), it will average out to be about the
same. Thus, you'll be getting 2700 Calories per day with your plan.
Since you're hiking, you'll be burning more than this, but your body
can handle a bit of a calorie deficit for a week. You might find you
burn off a couple pounds of fat.
If you want to make sure you're never hungry, bring a few pounds more
food. I suggest bringing a couple of whichever flavor of PowerBar you
hate most--you'll only eat it if you really need it, which guarantees
you'll have it available if an emergency should arise.
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