[pct-l] Dehydrated Meals
TBrokaw at montmush.com
TBrokaw at montmush.com
Mon May 9 11:27:03 CDT 2016
Great tips here from everyone. I would add a couple of suggestions. I've
been section hiking also, so I have an opportunity to learn & make
adjustments each year. You can make a pot cozy for almost no cost using
heat reflective bubble wrap & duct tape. Sacrifice an old windshield heat
reflector or purchase new material from a hardware store for about $1.
With this, you can cook pasta. It will also conserve fuel thus saving
pack weight. Bring your pasta to a boil then put the pot in your cozy for
another 15 min. to finish cooking. My first year, I supplied myself with
way too much food since many sources suggested 3,000-5,000 calories per
day needed. What I didn't realize is that this is not needed for the
first few weeks. Also, I found it hard to eat much in the desert. So,
you don't need to plan for so much food until the Sierras. I also found
it slightly inconvenient to wait for re-supply places to open. I lost a
package at Paradise Cafe since they closed early on the day I passed by.
This was understandable since it was Easter Sunday. I didn't miss the
food much but did miss my printed maps that were also in the box. The
following year, I decided to shop more along the way to be more flexible.
One further point, I suggest providing some sort of electrolyte supplement
for the desert. I felt nauseated after long days in the heat despite
plenty of water. Since I live & train in a cooler climate, water is
normally sufficient for me. But after several days of profuse sweating,
your electrolytes can get pretty depleted. Good luck & have a fantastic
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From: Ed Jarrett <edjarrett at msn.com>
To: PCT List <pct-l at backcountry.net>,
Date: 05/07/2016 06:05 AM
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Dehydrated Meals
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I have cooked pasta first, then dehydrated it. And it reconstitutes fine
with cold water along with the rest of the meal. Same with rice.
Ed Jarrett (Eeyore)Web site: http://aclayjar.netTwitter:
> Date: Fri, 6 May 2016 21:39:52 -0700
> From: melaniekclarke at gmail.com
> To: awb51 at hotmail.com
> CC: pct-l at backcountry.net
> Subject: Re: [pct-l] Dehydrated Meals
> Dear Adrian,
> First of all, to reduce all the packaging, most of us transfer all
> dehydrated foods into a sandwich sized ziplock baggie. There is just no
> way to do a long distance hike without this step. Yes, it takes time.
> Many of us do not take a stove. We place the dehydrated dinners inside
> ziplocks; the sandwich size we carry in our pack and then a Quart size.
> Add water at about 2pm and place at the top of your pack. By dinner, it
> will be rehydrated and ready to eat. This will only work with
> cooked dehydrated foods. Pasta needs to be boiled. It will never
> reconstitute. So forget pasta.
> A good vegetarian (and vegan) hiking food company is *OUTDOOR
> HERBIVORE http://outdoorherbivore.com/ <http://outdoorherbivore.com/> *
> will mail to the towns along the trail. So, you need to have some idea
> where you are going to stop to resupply. Get Yogi's PCT book
> http://www.yogisbooks.com/ I also think you can get her book on
> Amazon.com. She puts one out every year to update information but most
> the information stays the same so get any year you can. I walk about 20
> miles a day (35K) and like to stop about once a week. I work so I'm
> section hiker but I plan to hike the entire PCT in about 3 years when I
> I read the other responses and they are good. It will be very easy to
> vegetarian. You will soon understand why Americans are soooo fat!!!
> a little tricky to hike as a vegan. You can combine several different
> sources; stores along the way, mail order etc. Mountain House and
> Backpacker's Pantry have Vegetarian dinners (at hiking stores, REI etc)
> I'm an older female so I avoid sugary foods, even when I'm hiking. But
> many young men with no body fat seem to like the Snickers candy bars for
> high calorie foods. Nuts are also nutritious and high calorie. Most of
> what you'll burn is carbohydrates. Only 5-10% of your calories need to
> from protein (more than enough). (Human breast milk is only 5% protein
> babies double their size on this diet) Fats lighten your pack load but
> understand that your body has to convert the fats to carbohydrates
> you can utilize them. Fats metabolize at a slow rate, just so you know.
> I think it is a good idea to just supply your hike up to Mammoth or
> By then, you will have a better idea of your hiking pace and what you
> to eat and how much. In Mammoth or Tahoe, take a day or 2 to resupply
> another 800 miles. Our post office supplies boxes and everything you
> to do this. The post office will hold your package for you. List a
> for possible pick up. You can supply most of your food and supplies in
> towns along the way. But ordering packaged food is good too.
> Good Luck,
> Diet Plan
> On Fri, May 6, 2016 at 2:16 AM, awb51 <awb51 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > Since I am flying in from Europe via Canada, I prefer to source my
> > for
> > my Mail-Drops locally in the US.
> > Which are good brands or sources for vegetarian meals?
> > On a long-distance hike one burns tons of calories, as a result I need
> > calorie versions, i.e. double portions whenever possible. Often the
> > have less than 500kcal which leads to too much packaging and cost.
> > Thanks
> > Adrian alias Matterhorn
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