Top 10 UL Backpacking foods from Erik the Black

Not a new list, just up dated list. The comments, contrary and supportive, round out the advice with other options.

His 2016 Gear List is also worth a look. I have a few items from his recommended list that I have been found worked well for me.

Lots of good info. I am just getting back into backpacking/camping, and had forgotten how easy it can be to get the protein and carbs we need, without any cooking.

I’ve been slowly moving to no-cook food. With the weight savings from not carrying cooking gear/fuel, I can carry heavier foods that don’t meet the 100 cal/oz guidelines.

I don’t do long distance hikes (think AT, PCT, JMT) so having a calorie deficit is actually OK with me as long as I feel full.

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A couple of years ago I read an online post by a guy who post a lot of online stuff about ultralight long distance backpacking, I don’t recall who it was, maybe the guy in Pa. who sells dvds about long distance hiking. Who wrote that when he only goes out for the weekend he doesn’t take any food at all. Only carrying water or other beverage.

Might be a bit tough to do if you leave Friday evening with plans to return home Sunday afternoon. But completely doable if you leave Saturday and return Sunday afternoon. Since last April I’ve been, mostly anyway, only eating during a five hour eating window each day. Many days only one meal during that 5 hour period. No eating 23 hours/day. You get used to it after a while, and come to enjoy the feeling of your digestive system loafing with nothing to do. I’ve dropped 36# thus far, kind of plateaued getting off the last five #. Now I could carry a 30# pack and still be 6# below what I was hauling around ten months ago. :wink:

However, his advice would be too extreme for most people. :grimacing:
Leaving behind cooking gear much more acceptable for most people.

When I’m backpacking I usually get about 40% of my daily calories from peanut M&Ms and Snickers. I could never go w/o a stove though because morning coffee is too important.

I’m the same way. I gave that up about 15 years ago, mostly because of time and other circumstances in life preventing me from doing so. Now I just don’t have the interest. For me, 2 - 4 days is great.

I’ve done both, no-cook food and cook everything. When I go now, I am somewhere in the middle. Especially when I’m fishing, I get too impatient in the morning and want to get on the water. So, I’ll make coffee or tea and while that is heating I’ll eat something that needs no cooking. Lunch is usually something similar (without the coffee or tea, unless its wicked cold out), that is if I eat at all for the mid-day. For my evening meal, I always cook. I like at least one hot meal a day and am more than willing to sacrifice weight for gustatory pleasure.

I think about 40% of my calories during a backpacking trip come from Snickers and peanut M&Ms. I do cook my dinners usually, though, and I can’t imagine giving up a hot cup of coffee in the mornings.

My cook kit (including fuel) only weighs about 12 oz. though and cost me less than $15. The homemade cat food stove is an absolute thing of beauty.

Where I hike/fish there is often fire restrictions until monsoon rains come in july/august. No alcohol stoves allowed. :frowning:

The evening hot meal is all part of the experience for me. I do no cook breakfasts and lunches but in the evening I am ready for a good hot meal and maybe a cocktail. :grinning: With that said I mainly only boil water and maybe grill a fish or two so my cook kit is not at all heavy.

Just now noticed that somehow I initially posted the wrong video. I haven’t yet found the one I had intended to post so I have added the two above videos. But thought maybe I should leave the link to the one that was initially posted. Even tough it is concerned with gear choices for a long distance, several month hike of the AT, ~ 2,200 miles. And it’s rather long, about 50 minutes.

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