Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

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Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby JohnStrider » Sat 17 Oct, 2015 11:01 am

Hi guys,

Just wanting to get an idea on everyone's eating frequency while out on a multi-day hike?

Mine goes like this...

Breakfast
Snacks x 2
Lunch
Snacks x 2
Dinner

Wash.Rinse.Repeat.

What about you?
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby whitefang » Sat 17 Oct, 2015 11:30 am

Mine depends on the walk I'm doing, but I always eat every 1.5 to 2 hours. Lately it has been: Snack, snack, breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. I have been doing it in this order for a few reasons. 1) I'm usually walking before the sun is up and don't like making breakfast in the dark, 2) it gets me out of camp more quickly, and 3) I like to have at least 16km walked by 10am and it gives me a good opportunity for a long breakfast break. Depending on the the distances I have to walk for the day I can sometimes take the afternoons a lot easier after my breakfast too.
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby vicrev » Sat 17 Oct, 2015 9:13 pm

whitefang wrote:Mine depends on the walk I'm doing, but I always eat every 1.5 to 2 hours. Lately it has been: Snack, snack, breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. I have been doing it in this order for a few reasons. 1) I'm usually walking before the sun is up and don't like making breakfast in the dark, 2) it gets me out of camp more quickly, and 3) I like to have at least 16km walked by 10am and it gives me a good opportunity for a long breakfast break. Depending on the the distances I have to walk for the day I can sometimes take the afternoons a lot easier after my breakfast too.
.........................I do much the same...............gives me time to smell the roses or malt in the late arvo... :D
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby wayno » Sun 18 Oct, 2015 3:47 am

whatever works for you.
breakfast, then i eat snacks when i get tired hungry or my energy starts to drop, whichever happens first,
lunch, repeat random snacking
dinner
the longer or harder the day then more snacks.
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby taipan821 » Sun 18 Oct, 2015 9:13 am

for me its usually breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner and then dessert before bed. unless i'm in a hurry then its just snacks and meal bars instead of lunch
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby GBW » Sun 18 Oct, 2015 9:28 am

breakfast or a fruit/nut bar if in a hurry + hot choc
snack mid morning
lunch (unless its pouring rain then maybe a snack)
snack mid afternoon
dinner and maybe hot choc if it's cold

+ constant supply of unsalted nuts/choc/peanut m&ms
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby walkon » Sun 18 Oct, 2015 11:06 am

Simple, when hungry eat!

I'm bush so forget the washing and rinsing. Plenty of repeat though
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby corvus » Sun 18 Oct, 2015 4:23 pm

In addition to snacking I supplement my energy intake with Glucodin Tablets and on one occasion in an horrendous continual downpour on a solo walk that was all I ate in a 4 hour walk :lol:
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby Hermione » Mon 19 Oct, 2015 9:06 am

- Coffee, not a food I know but vital to all bushwalking endeavours except in dire conditions.
- Breakfast while packing up, usually porridge but a bar if in a hurry to get an early start.
- Snack every couple of hours during the day, no formal lunch. I don't get that hungry while walking and have to make a concerted effort to eat during the day.
- Cuppa soup or similar once in camp.
- Dinner, maybe dessert.
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby north-north-west » Mon 19 Oct, 2015 5:15 pm

Breakfast (not from hunger but because I know I'll regret it if I don't).
Chocolate (usually a Cadbury's Boost bar) to celebrate attaining a peak.
Dinner & hot soup (at camp) along with Glucosamine/Chondroitin tablets.
Interspersed with a little jerky from time to time and even occasionally some lollies or nuts or crackers.

I find I lose my appetite when walking. Food is mostly making myself eat through sheer commonsense and self-preservation.
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby corvus » Mon 19 Oct, 2015 6:27 pm

Jerky is easy to eat on the move especially home made I also like Scroggin also home made :)
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby jobell » Tue 20 Oct, 2015 7:29 pm

Coffee, a couple of muesili bars, snack, snack, later lunch, snack, hot drinks on stopping if cold, dinner. Like North North West I tend to lose interest in food when walking and have to apply discipline to make sure I do eat enough. I wonder how common that is? At home food is continually on my mind. Out bush I couldn't care less about food beyond having enough energy to get up that next hill.

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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby Donna13Rik » Sat 21 Nov, 2015 12:41 pm

I am still at planning, preparing and dreaming.
I like the sound of JohnStrider and WhiteFang's eating routines. When I do short walks I always start them early/very early mornings because that's when I am at my best. What would be a typical days 'menu' and what would a days food weigh?
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 22 Nov, 2015 7:11 am

Coffee
More coffee
Sometimes porridge with black sugar and butter
Snacks and chocolate while on the move
Hot brew if cold and tired and a break is needed
More snacks and chocolate
Dinner
If I've done my planning and preparation properly my snacks are nutritionally complete and tasty enough to eat as a full ration but not so sweet as to be overwhelming and dinners are as simple to prepare as possible
If it's cold a high fat snack like a Mars bar before bed
Ve are too soon old und too late schmart
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby paul_gee » Tue 01 Dec, 2015 12:51 pm

Hunger doesn't usually hit me until the end of a day on a big hike. But I ensure I have something to eat every proper rest break. A proper rest break in my book is when I take my backpack off - of course excluding those times where you have to take it off for some unplanned reason, e.g. harness adjustment.

A standard day for me looks like this:

Coffee
Breakfast - Oats or muesli
Break 1 - Handful of mixed nuts, chocolate, lollies
Lunch - Tortilla bread with peanut butter or salami and cheese and a handful of the nut mix
Break 2 - Whittaker's dark chocolate peanut slab
Dinner - Start with a cup of soup. Then Back Country Cuisine / pasta or rice meal
Dessert - More chocolate and tea / wine / port
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Re: Eating frequency while on a multi-day hike

Postby kitty » Tue 01 Dec, 2015 5:01 pm

Donna13Rik wrote:What would be a typical days 'menu' and what would a days food weigh?


They say 700g-1kg per day.

For me....
Coffee
Breakfast - Carmens quick oats with powdered milk'
Lunch - wrap + smoked salmon (day 1 only) or sachet tuna + dehydrated cucumber/zucchini + mayo or dehydrated hummus
Snack options - crackers and laughing cow cheese (the pantry pack version), hard cheese, salami, jerky, scroggin
Dinner - homemade dehydrated meal + dehydrated veggies + deb or couscous
Dessert - the list of options is long
Drinks - teas, cocoa, red wine
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