Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Adventures in resupply...Part One. The Madness Begins

Resupply boxes...???

After more than a year of reading blogs, watching Youtube videos and talking to other hikers we have finally started to put our food together. We went to Costco and bought $600 worth of crap.
From Josh's research about nutritional needs of thru hikers found here, we should be eating high fat, high carb, and moderate protein. This is totally counter-intuitive to the way we eat at home, which is low carb, high fat and moderate protein. To us, carbs are baaaaad so it was equally fun and nerve wrecking to buy $600 worth of candy, Poptarts and potatoes.

Holy crap, that's a lot of crap. It is going to be hard to not eat this before the trail.

While we tried to make sense of the madness in the living room, my cats decided to assist us in unpacking the boxes. They tried to commandeer the beef jerky so we set up "cat traps" to keep them entertained. 
I employ this strategy often when they fight which results in them glaring at each other from their respective boxes as if to say "If I could get out of here, I would kick your ass!"

If I fits, I sits. 
My furry kids: Nova (left) and Joey (right)

Our first order of business was to dump out all of the candy and roll around in it. Of course.

Followed by blank looks of how to start organizing it into meals.

We took ziploc bags and made breakfast/snack packs suitable for one day. Poptarts, coffee, Carnation instant breakfast, and random candy snacks for the day. We have no idea if this is the right way to do this but we have enough time to rearrange if it's not.

Josh read a trail recipe for no bake cheesecake using Jello packets and instant milk. We decided to try it out  with Nilla Waffers, you know, for science. Joey was very impressed and stalked the bowl.

With the breakfast/snack packs finished we set about making epic trail mix. We dumped peanut M&M's, pistachios, dark chocolate Acai berries, Chex Mix, Gold Fish, Reese's Pieces etc. etc. into a large box and mixed it up.

Here, Josh realized the Gold Fish were in indivudual packets...Somebody didn't think this through...

The finished product! Now to vacuum seal this stuff so it will last until we need it.

We cut bags large enough to fit two cups worth of trail mix. This is what we anticipate will get us through a day or so of hiking.

After the trail mix was sealed we made vacuum packs suitable for one day. We repackaged Mountain House meals into Ziploc freezer bags, as they are less bulky that way and vacuum packed our breakfast/snack packs with it. This paired with the trail mix should be enough to get us through one day on the trail...we think.

We still have a lot of vacuum packing to do but decide to set things on hold until we can test out our packages on the trail. Next weekend BACKPACKING FOOD TEST! 

This is where we got the vacuum packing idea.
Thanks Spitfire!


  1. Your cats are adorable. Intetesting about your normal diet. I find i have to eat high carb in orderto maintain high levels of exercise and not bonk. Love the sweet and savory trail mix idea. Monkey bars, section hiker.

    1. Hi Mary!
      Thanks for reading!
      When we hike we increase our carb intake in order to not bonk, like you do. It's a balancing act for sure, sometimes we don't quite get it and have to supplement glucose when we are at high elevations and didn't get our carb ratios correct, but for the most part we have it down. We've only really done short term trips like three days or so, leading us to change it up for the thru hike. We do a Ketonegenic diet on the regular which means our bodies use fat as energy instead of glucose, we usually eat about 25 grams of carbs per day, increasing that to around 100 - 200 grams on a hike. Ketones are produced by the body to convert the fat from your stores to usable energy and they need lots of oxygen and water to process. They don't effectively metabolize at high elevations or high impact cardio (less oxygen) so we will definitely need to change it up for the thru. It's a great diet in the regular world though. It has cut my bad cholesterol and raised the good as well as reducing inflammation, depression and I lost a ton of weight!
      Thanks so much for commenting.
      I hope to see you on the trail!

  2. Have you tried reusing the individual packages of the goldfish/chips as bags for your trailmix? I haven't tried it with my foodsaver yet, but the commericials show that you can use it with those types of packaging. Might be a good way to save a little earth. :)

    1. Hi Alia!
      That's a great idea! I'll definitely try it out!
      Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  3. Awesome! I need to get a vacuum sealer. I didn't know Costco has huge boxes of Mountain House meals....I'll have to check that out next time I'm there. That trail mix looks pretty delicious.

    1. Hey Erin! Thanks for reading and commenting! The vacuum packer, so far, seems to be working. However sometimes it is fickle and makes me want to throw it out the window. Resupply has been kind of stressful!

  4. Awesome cat photos. Finally I find something I can show to my gf, while reading all those PCT blogs...
    Good luck on your coming backpacking food test.

    1. LOL! I'm glad you could share with the girlfriend! I can't wait to meet you on the trail. It's getting cloosseerrr! WHOO HOO!!

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