hiking in mountains

I going to hike for 3 weeks in moutains and should take all food with me. So it impossible to eat fruits as i normally do. And the place we are going to is quite dry and hot with no food growing on a trail. I definitively don’t want to stay at home, but on an instant junk food I’l be sick.

Have you any idea or experience? I’d prefer natural food with easy preparation not processed food like chocolate bars and othes horrible things (which make me sick either)


  • How about trying some dehydrated fruits, trail mix, nuts or granola. 3 weeks is a long time to go having to eat the same old thing over and over. I recently came back from a week long camping trip in Chadwick MO. I took a coconut (easy to open if you drain the water and put it in a sack or bag that does not break easy and hit it against the rocks. The meat falls off the inner shell and you do not have to pry it off). I also took some cucumbers, typical nuts and seeds, carrots, and the typical granola I made and some dehydrated fruits. I made sure I had plenty of water to keep me nice and full. I did not have a cooler of ice or anything so I kept the food in the shade. I made sure I did not wait until I was starving to eat so I nibbled on stuff and drank water throughout the day. I hope that gives you some ideas to work with!

  • Dehydrated fruits and nuts are only thing I know but I’m quite sure that I wouldn’t like to eat them for three weeks in quite hot weather. Actually coconut is not a bad idea , it is not so heavy… Carrots and cucumbers are great for first few days. Cannot count with shade there won’t be any.


  • PamPam

    Sorry for the jumbled nature of this response… you’ll have to read the whole thing since my suggestions are poorly ordered! I would try to dehydrate as much as you can…like crackers and fruit leathers.

    I’ve seen dried coconut cream and milk online. Alissa Cohen sells it, but it’s currently out of season. That would make a good breakfast with granola. You can grind almonds into powder, too, and make it into milk in a shaker jar. Another “instant” milk is tahini and water. Or how about raw oats (Cohen) and dried fruit reconstituted overnight?

    Can you sprout seeds in a sprout bag hanging off your backpack? Oranges and celery might keep for up to a week.

    You might try dehydrating dishes like raw Spanish rice (made with cauliflower rice, fresh salsa, and mashed avocado) until it’s dry. I’m not sure if it would work with the avocado, but you could try, and then rehydrate with water. If it doesn’t work, leave out the avocado. You can make raw chili and that should dehydrate. You could also buy or make dehydrated cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower (or cauliflower “rice”), carrots, peas, strawberries, bananas, etc. If you make your own, then you know that they were dried at low temps.

    From one of the raw food sellers online, I bought some dried tomato powder that can be reconstituted to make tomato sauce or soup. Mix tomato sauce with some cabbage and sprinkle on some sunflower seeds or stir in some almond butter and—voila! – you have a meal. You can carry nut butter in tubes that they sell at outdoor stores. It will keep without refrigeration. Nut butter mixed with coconut milk, curry seasoning, and some raisins would make a nice sauce for veggies.

    I’ll bet you could dry mushroom “steaks” (like Chef BeLive Mock Chicken) and add a little water to puff it up again.

    Sea vegetables, if you eat them, are light and easy to carry.

    For powering up the mountain, check out Brandon Brazier’s Vega shakes and bars.

    Borrow a vacuum sealer and seal some little packets of olives. Carry olive oil and agave or honey in small bottles.

    How about drying fruit smoothies and then powdering them in a high speed blender? I know you can dry soups, but not so sure about smoothies.

    For dessert, how about a banana fruit leather roll stuffed with macademia nut butter and strawberry sauce on top? Lara bars are always good in a pinch. But if you don’t want to buy them, there are plenty of recipes around for bars and cookies. And, of course, you’ll want to carry plenty of dates.

    I haven’t tried many of these techniques but I have given it some thought… I went on a wonderful backpacking trip to the Sierras last summer and I sure wouldn’t want to pass up the opportunity to do it again! In fact, I’m going to start experimenting now so I’m ready to go should I decide to do another trip this summer.

  • I was very involved with my friend Doug Walsh who hiked, hiked, and hiked more CDT. Check out rawhike.com for recipe ideas. He never starved along his walk. Glad I saw your post even though late, but always next time. I’m hardly here so just happened to hit the eyes. carolg

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