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Trevor J
(littlebuf) - F
daily calories on 02/07/2011 23:17:02 MST Print View

first post here and though im a avid back country hunter im relatively new to backpacking, doing mostly day hikes from a base camp. this year im going to start staying in the back country. from everything ive read it seems 4000 calories a day seems to be about the standard for physical back country living. i would love to hear from some of you experts as to the best way you've found to obtain this. thanks

Trevor J
(littlebuf) - F
? on 02/09/2011 19:50:48 MST Print View

no one has any knowledge they want to share huh?

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: ? on 02/09/2011 20:47:54 MST Print View

"no one has any knowledge they want to share huh?"

Hi Trevor,

I don't think it a matter of not wanting to share the information. Most likely it's backcountry diet fatigue. I know that is the case for me. The subject has been discussed pretty thoroughly in numerous threads here over the past 3-4 years. Probably your best bet would be to do a search on calories, diet, etc and see what you come up with. I'll bet if you get the search arguments right, you'll probably come up with more information on the subject than you probably have time or desire to read.

Ben Crowell
(bcrowell) - F

Locale: Southern California
typical numbers on 02/09/2011 22:09:43 MST Print View

On short trips, most people eat about 15-20 calories per day per pound of body weight. This may be far too low for long through hikes, where you can't stay in calorie debt, and for extremely strenuous hikes (25-30 miles/day) in cold weather.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
daily calories" on 02/09/2011 22:53:55 MST Print View

So much depends on the individual's build, metabolism, gender, conditioning, how much "extra" weight they are carrying that it's hard to generalize. In addition to searching on this site, the articles on by Brenda Braaten, PhD (also a long-distance hiker and well-known PCT trail angel) are most helpful:

Diana Vann
(DianaV) - MLife

Locale: Wandering
A discussion of daily calories on 02/09/2011 23:17:25 MST Print View

You might find this previous discussion helpful:

Diana Vann
(DianaV) - MLife

Locale: Wandering
Link to previous discussion on 02/09/2011 23:29:01 MST Print View

Hi, Trevor,

I just noticed that the link I posted takes you the middle of the discussion. Just scroll up to get to the top.

Trevor J
(littlebuf) - F
thanks on 02/10/2011 18:57:50 MST Print View

thanks guys. ill do a search and check out the links posted. sorry if i was beating a dead horse with the post but Ive only been on here a short while. oh and i love the bear pic in your avatar. you take that?

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Calories ? on 02/10/2011 19:11:54 MST Print View

Aim for 3500 a day.

If you come home 10 pounds lighter and hungry, take more the next time.

If you bring food home, take less.

The only way to figure it out is to hike your hike, and then adjust.

Diana Vann
(DianaV) - MLife

Locale: Wandering
Mama bear and cubs on 02/11/2011 23:41:07 MST Print View


Yes, I took the photo in Alaska. If you look closely you can see that Mama bear has a fish in her mouth. I saw her dart out of hiding, grab a fish from the stream, then run back into the bushes, where she had stashed her cubs. She then led the cubs to higher ground before sharing her catch with them.