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AnotherCraig 07-21-2003 05:39 PM

Foods and drinks
Hello there,

I'm hoping someone can answer this question - what kind of food and drink do you guys eat while on your (day)hikes?

Whenever I go on my hikes, I tend to bring a 1 or 2 fruits, a granola bar, and lots of water. But at the end of the day, I am completely exhausted. I realize I should be since I've been walking for 4~6 hours, but I also think that a part of it is due to poor "re-fueling". Is there a "miracle" food that will keep me energized throughout the day (even after my hike)? Do you only drink water or do sports drinks (like Gatorade) help? Or am I just over-exerting myself?

And, please don't recommend those power bars. I don't like the taste of them! <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

Thanks in advance,


pdomansky 07-21-2003 06:17 PM

Ok power bars... how about power syrup :P

No..on a more serious note, I like trail mix, which you can get at any Save On/Safeway. That, lots! of water to keep yourself hydrated, and fruit is always good. Maybe something a little more filling during the day, eg. a peanut butter sandwich or something to that extent.

"I gained the world, but lost myself..."

Nomad 07-21-2003 06:34 PM

I usually take trail mix with dried fruit (I make my own mix), a fresh fruit, chocolate, and a big sandwich (Tim Horton's if possible) and of course water, sometimes I'll bring drink mix.
Keep the chocolate and mix handy for nibling on. It's better to pace the food energy rather than to peak and trough.
If there are no rivers where I am hiking, I'll throw in a 2L bottle of water.(for ballast) plus my normal water bottle. I'll eat berries and plants if they are in season.

A few tips learned recently: post hike beer and frozen slushed Gatorade in the water bottle. <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

Avoid pop at all costs.


billdcat 07-21-2003 11:35 PM

I generally have a mixture of things. I find the Sun Ripe fruit leather is really good for quick energy. I generally keep a mixture of raisins and chocolate chips for snacking. The chocolate provides the quick boost while the raisins provide more sustained energy. As Nomad says as well a big sandwich is important. I usually have something with cheese and cold cuts of some sort, while some veggies in there as well is good although they may not taste too good after being baked and smooshed for hours in the pack. Granola bars are great too. I get the Quaker harvest ones, not the chocolate covered ones. Too much sugar will cause your energy to go for a dive real quick. Also, I snack on banana chips, dried apricots, dried apples, or whatever dried fruit catches my fancy.

One thing that really helps is to snack continuously throughout the trip, and to start snacking before you actually get hungry. By the time you get hungry and your energy levels fall, it will take some time before the food raises your energy levels again. Also, drinking lots really helps keep exaustion down as well. When you drink, though, you should sip continuously rather than guzzle occasionally. Your body will make better use of the water rather than passing it right through right away. I find the water hydration packs with the straw are great for that since you always have the water accessible. I will easily go through 2 litres on a decent hike this way, but since I am sipping, I don't feel bloated at all.


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