Friday, July 3, 2015

Backpacking Readiness

Last year I didn't plan very well and though the trip was fine, I wanted to be better prepared this year.  First thing to figure out:  what they will eat.  Nothing worse than lugging an expensive gourmet backpacking meal for three or four days only to find that they don't much like it.  So I gathered menu ideas - breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks - and - did some taste testing.  Oatmeal with oat bran added won out over the overly-sugared packages.  Z-bars over all others.  Simple mac n' cheese over expensive dehydrated packets.  A final search at Whole Foods didn't merit the dehydrated beans that I can't seem to find anywhere, but I did find some TVP (textured vegetable protein), which sounds terrible but yields extra protein and I added that to all of our daily soups.  Fingers crossed we have food that will nourish body and soul.  Now to predict the AMOUNTS, which can be so hard with ever-changing bodies that are going to be at high altitude and working hard all day.  (I know from experience that my appetite decreases, but what if theirs increases?  And all six days for three people has to fit into the bear canister I'll carry... no small feat.)  Wish us luck!  We had fun with the taste tests... love these awesome girls!

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