Food is a common topic among PCT thru hikers and backpackers. How does a backpacking menu look and how many calories do I need? When should I eat?
CD’s trail journal is full of words of wisdom. Job #1: Eating and Job # 2: Hiking.
1/3 lb of granola with re-hydrated soy milk
Pop-tarts (may be substituted by something else with 500 calories)
gorp or other trail mix
bagel and cheese or Nutella or peanut butter – whatever gets it up to 750+ calories, frequently snack a bit, too
Clif Bar, gorp, granola, recently Twix or Snickers bar
1/2 a bag of Bear Creek Cheese and Broccoli Soup mix (4 servings), 6-8 oz of pasta, and 7 oz of tuna (the tuna is every other day recently) – which usually fills about to the 1 liter mark on the pot and totals 1000+ calories.
Twix bars or Sourpatch kids
With this backpacking menu, CD eats 3 lbs of food per day and it sounds like most other hikers were averaging 2 lbs per day. Since I don’t weigh my food, I have no idea what that means, however.
Food Inspired Quotes From CD’s Trail Journal:
- I heard about a Mexican restaurant near the highway up ahead, I hadn’t intended to walk that far but I was hungry for margaritas and good food, so I pushed on. It was Del Taco.
- For breakfast I had four eggs, toast, an orange. Lunch was most of a large pizza and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Mint Cookie.
- “After breakfast, snack, ice cream, errands, and fixing the rub spots, we hung around at the grocery store”
- “I had a veggie burger, a 22 oz. Arrogant Bastard Ale, a fudge ice cream dessert thing, and a small pizza”
- Buying the whole apple pie with ice cream was cheaper than piece by piece, so I did that
- I carried the Five Iron of Love for two consecutive days so they owe me a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.
- “Another town, another pint of Ben and Jerry’s”
Stay tuned for the Pink Palace, The Saufley’s house, all kinds of trail magic, and Kennedy Meadows!
CD also has a hidden talent that he apparently picked up on the trail. He can open the ice cream freezer at any gas station and know exactly how many calories are in each option. I thought it was kind of bizarre until I read this record of his daily diet, however.