If you could search the archives here better, you would see that this subject gets rehashed every year.... Having 'been there, done that' twice now here are my thoughts on 'stripping' food packs.
- I hate Larabars, you couldn't pay me to eat one normally.... but a Philmont, where calories count, I try to choke them down. I usually carry them in my shorts pocket for the first hour or so until our mid morning break, then they are warmed and softer and much more appetizing to me.
- Don't assume you (or the kids) don't like something (or like something) based on the label or packaging. Example this year - I LOVE Honey stingers...assumed I'd like the waffles, they're nasty, but some of the kids loved them.
- Don't impose your food opinions on others. Did I say I hate Larabars, but when asked by my crew how they were I say 'they are alright'.... people need to form their own opinions on food and their own opinions may even change when they have hiked for hours and are hungry.
- Food weight and bulk decreases daily, 3 times a day actually.... don't sweat it.
- cut weight elsewhere, NOT with your food. For most of the people reading this forum the BEST place to cut weight is in our waistline! Months before we hit the trail!! The 2 oz you might save by not carrying the crackers in the box for 1 or 2 days, is nothing compared to the 2 pounds you could not carry for the ENTIRE trek if you had worked out at home to be better prepared to hit the trail!
Don't sweat the small stuff, carry only what you need, leave the duplicate & extra crap at home, and be more ready than you think, cuz the kids will hike you into the ground if you let them!!! :-)
Asst Council Contingent Leader
2010 - 620-D3 Trek 25 (42 People from Ohio to Philmont)
2012 - 617-D8 Trek 21 (98 People from Ohio to Philmont)