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John Chan
"Stringent rationing"? on 08/28/2005 19:21:57 MDT Print View

Ok, not to seem like I'm trolling (because I'm not) but has anyone "experimented" with fasting on the trail? Or "stringent rationing"?

I'm thinking that 1.25 lb food/ day in "easy" 3 season hiking conditions should be sustainable for a long weekend (3-4 days).

Anyone else "cutting back"?

David Bonn
(david_bonn) - F

Locale: North Cascades
Re: "Stringent rationing"? on 08/28/2005 19:58:28 MDT Print View

1.25 lb of peanut butter, cheese, or lard per day should be plenty of calories. That probably isn't what you meant, though.

Long ago a botched resupply left me with six days worth of food for a twelve-day stage. Walking out and hitting a grocery store wasn't an option. It wasn't fun at all.

From my standpoint, food on any trip up to a week is a luxury. But this whole outdoor travel thing has substantial psychological and "morale" elements. It is a pleasure to eat. Actually, when I look at a lot of trail journals they degrade into largely a record of what was eaten and who it was eaten with, or possibly where it was eaten.

I put "morale" in quotes because, for me, backpacking is a fun activity. You talk about the morale of people when they aren't having very much fun. Not enough food usually translates into not a lot of fun.

On a shorter trip, though, not enough food merely means that the meal at the greasy spoon on the way back to civilization could very well be the most wonderful meal of your life.

Alex Orgren
(big_load) - F
Re: "Stringent rationing"? on 08/28/2005 21:04:55 MDT Print View

I've skipped individual meals because I didn't want to bother with cooking in the rain or just wanted to go to sleep. I also tend to eat less on my last day out. But I wouldn't expect to enjoy total fasting for more than a day. I lose about a pound a day on the trail as it is. I've noticed that after a few days, the sight of any living thing makes me think "I wonder if I could eat that".