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by mrchad9 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:38 am

Darija wrote:
mrchad9 wrote:My experience has always been a bit the opposite- apparently. You can take just about anything on a dayhike, no issues, as melting, spoiling, sogginess, etc tend to be less of an issue. Fast food sandwiches should be fine, but I wouldn't eat a Subway under ANY circumstances.

Port of Subs!

I agree with you there-Subway sandwiches don't last through the night (assuming you get them the night before an early start the following morning). I've also gotten sick from them a few times. They are made to eat immediately upon creation. Some would say they are made to never be eaten at all, which is a more desirable alternative.

Agreed! Never to be eaten at all. Just the smell of them puts me off. If I can't find a Port of Subs, Togos is a nice alternative. Otherwise it is sky pilot salad before I stoop to Subway.

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by RickF » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:06 pm

Darija wrote:oh yea, another thing I've found that works quite well is pop tarts-quite tasty and energy providing

+ 1 for Pop-Tarts.

I forgot to include Pop-tarts on my list above. They should be right after cookies and before trail-mix heavily laden with chocolate. To keep 'em from getting smashed and crumbled, they also fit into the little Rubbermaid sandwich savers.

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by MoapaPk » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:31 am

I've done a number of 9000-11000' elevation gain days, and my food for the day is way below the supposed calories I burned. What I take is very mundane:

~ 400-500 Calories in breakfast bars or grocery-store granola bars;
~ 250 Calories in pre-made cheese-and-cracker (very artificial-looking) packets;
~ 100-250 Calories in berries-and-cherries+pineapple+mango dried fruit with added ascorbic acid;
~ 100-300 Calories in m&ms.

I always test the breakfast.granola bars before I take them; they have to be yummy. I don't give a damn if they are hippie-approved, vegan, save-the-world qualified.

There is always something in there that I will eat. Water is most important, and a decent breakfast and dinner, before and after the hike, are very important.

I can't do the Sierra-Challenge-type, day-after-day masochism; I'm neurologically limited.

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by Matthew Holliman » Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:38 pm

My favourite trail food for long dayhikes is leftover pizza. The bigger problem I find on those outings is drinking enough--I take lemonade/peach tea powder to mix in with stream water, which makes it much more palatable.

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by adventurer » Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:06 pm

For me a long day hike is 7-12 hours. On these, I quite happily subsist on toasted bagels generously smeared with PB, Cliff bars, a small thermos of tea, and plenty of H2O.

If the hike is at altitude, I'll usually bring along a salami to pump up the calorie count.

After the hike, it's beer & pizza or a nice steak.

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by MoapaPk » Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:30 pm

I used to love cold pizza... and then came the staph food poisoning incident.

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by Clydascope » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:08 pm

Loss of appetite at altitude?



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by charley » Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:36 pm

sounds like you need some changes
Try gorp but change it==cashews, craisins, and reeses pieces.
nuts that you like.
dried fruit do it yourself in the oven. try pineapple.
summer sausage and hard cheese.
A baggie full of some kind of cereal you can eat dry. frosted shedded wheat. fiber one :D
Rubbermaid container with fresh veggies. take some salt packets.
snickers works for my wife.

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by JasonH » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:09 pm

FortMental wrote:A good salami is hard to beat.


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by Daria » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:59 pm

The cold pizza thing I've tried a few times and wanted to puke after trying to eat some of those times, so I've developed a natural repulsion/resistance to future pizza options on the trail.

One thing I noticed some of my hiking friends carry is those energy drinks-monsters, and others. It seems they are effective, or are they? Maybe they are just a marketing hoax.

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by MoapaPk » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:27 pm

Darija wrote: Maybe they are just a marketing hoax.

They are as effective as caffeine pills.

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by jrc » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:43 pm

sweet, fruity type bagel with peanut butter and jelly or honey

regular or everything type bagel with some good cheese

hummus and/or pesto with naan

italian dried salami
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by no2haven » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:02 pm

Grapes are my new favorite trail food...even on long backpacking trips. Put them at the top of the pack (or the top of the bear cannister) and you only smash a few. They are somewhat bulky, though, if space is an issue. Double bag if you're worried about leakage.

They're even better when you're a little dehydrated - they stay cool in the pack and are really refreshing. Plus, they don't make your fingers sticky.

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by Daria » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:06 pm

A good apple or an orange has saved my sanity on a few occasions.


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