On most English trails I doubt you would go for more than a couple of days without finding a pub or shop to buy food from. On the JMT there will be nothing for 110 miles between the Muir Trail Ranch and Mount Whitney.
This means I have to actually think about the food in detail. It needs to have enough calories to keep me going and be light enough to actually carry. There are different approaches, from carrying numerous energy and chocolate bars (and that’s it) to carrying the kitchen sink. Neither of those ideas appeals to me.
Added complications include –
- I have to carry a Bear Barrel (to stop the bears ‘Yogying’ your food). This weighs 1.16Kgs empty.- I have to buy most of my food in the USA due to border controls.
- American chocolate is horrible (apart from M&M’s!).
Buying food in the USA is not a problem for most food, but causes problems for buying freeze dried food (my planned evening meal). Mountain House USA is different to Mountain House Europe, in taste and flavours. I can’t take flavours/brands I like (Mountain House or Fuizion) with me as they contain meat. The good news is that I can take chocolate! Mmmm Cadburys!
On my visit to the USA last year, I bought a number of meals from Mountain House and Packit Gourmet, these are to try out to see what flavours I like. There is no Chicken Tikka Massala on the menu which will leave me curryless, a disaster I’m sure you will agree!
The rule of thumb seems to be approx. 1Kg of food per day, and I’d like to be at 3000+ calories a day. I would also like a little variety in the meals, or the danger is you carry food and can’t face eating it! Not something I have ever suffered from mind you!