Recommended 1.5 - 2 lbs of food per day. YMMV. Find foods that have high calorie, low weight ratio. Get a scale, read labels, measure and calculate.
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Since we are sharing prehike food prep photos, here is my food collection for a 7 day JMT section H of the PCT in 3 weeks.
My basic PCT section menu:
A variety of muesli with honey, powdered milk, nuts, dried fruits, or coconut.
Cocoa powder or Spiced Apple drink
A base of humus with black bean flakes, dehydrated tomatoes, green veggie powder, or dehydrated salsa.
Cut the corner of the zip lock bag and squeeze onto two halves of a Trader Joes
pita bread (fits flat in a canister) or dip with dehydrated persimmon or zucchini chips, Rye Crackers.
3 course dinners:
1. Soup: Black bean or green pea flakes, or miso
2. Entree: A base of organic potato flakes with dehydrated salsa, refried beans, green veggie mixture, chicken or tuna. Add spices, hot sauce, or olive oil to increase taste factor/calories.
3: Dessert: Vanilla pudding with powdered milk, ground up nuts, chocolate chips, or coconut.
1 oz of dark chocolate
Homemade “Lara Bars”
Various Emergen-C and Trader Joe flavors
It all fits into a Bearikade Weekender (660 cu in) :) The secret: As Casey’s photo shows: repackage each item and label with instructions. why carry the extra air volume?
I follow Sarah’s freezer bag technique: individually bag each meal in a ziplock, add water and rehydrate.
On my JMT trip I am going “no stove cooking”, and will use modified cooking techniques such as delayed rehydration and “body heat”. See previous BPL thread:
It all boils down to: “ When the weight goes down, the fun goes up”. (Warner Springs Monty - PCT hiker)