Counting Them Calories


Ever wonder what us long distance hikers eat out on the trail? Well, here's a quick glimpse at this week's menu. Let me note here that I'm not (yet) carrying a stove and I'm currently hiking through the high Sierra which requires me to store all of this in a bear canister (thanks Ryan! Some good karma's heading your way). I've been sick for the past week and haven't been consuming nearly enough. It was hard shopping for this next leg feeling nauseous looking down the aisles. I'll have to pack out a few more fatty additions, but you get the gist. The general rule is something like two lbs of food and upwards of 6,000 calories per day.

  • 2 loaves of Dave's Killer Bread
  • 3 pounds of extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 24 peanut crunch and white chocolate macadamia Clif Bars and 5 peanut butter Powerbars
  • 1 pound of oriental snack mix
  • 2 avocados and a giant peach
  • 5 packs of assorted jerky
  • 1 bag of chia seeds
  • 9 packs of assorted fruit n cream instant oatmeal 
  • 3 bags of Idahoan instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 bag of dried cherries
  • 3 bags of tuna/salmon and 2 bags of Newman's salad dressing to spice it up a notch
  • 4 dehydrated dinners (I've accumulated along the trail)
  • 3 power gel goo shots and 7 energy shot blocks
  • 6 packets of Starbucks tea refreshers and several other water enhancers 
  • CANDY: 5 Abba Zaba's, 2 giant Airhead bars, pack of sour gummy worms, sour eggs, Haribo raspberries, a handful of Jolly Ranchers, Hi-chews and Werther's Originals... And my all time favorite, 2 packs of sour Jelly Belly's