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Day Hike Menu: Ultralight

What to eat when you're one person spending one day on the trail and looking to travel light

by: Jason Stevenson

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Snack 1
Three handfuls of dried-fruit-and-nut trail mix. Try this recipe below:
Fruitopia (all ingredients equal parts)

  • M&M's
  • honey roasted peanuts
  • smoked almonds
  • yogurt covered raisins
  • dried mango
  • dried papaya
  • dried pineapple

Lunch

  • A bagel smeared with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 2 strips of jerky
  • A handful of dried fruit
  • Trail bar

Snack 2

  • Trail bar and trail mix

Dinner

  • 6 ounces of linguine mixed with half a can of chicken and topped with a sauce
  • 1 tortilla topped with grated cheese
  • 5 cookies
  • 1 cup of hot chocolate or tea

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cheri-lee
May 05, 2011

there i way tooooooooooo much food and so mannnnnnnnny veges are u crazy?????

RevAaron
Dec 14, 2010

Wow, that's an insane food list for a day hike!

Preparing that kind of food seems silly as well- fine if you're car camping, but I wouldn't lug that on a day summit and sit up there cooking quesadillas for an hour... To each their own!

Tasha
Jun 20, 2010

I agree--that's way too much food...don't get it.

Gus
Mar 30, 2010

This is over 4 lbs of food!!! How is that ultralight?!?! Most people would eat 1.5-2 lbs of food per day, maybe even less on a dayhike.

Robert
Nov 20, 2009

That's an interesting list. Check out this other site for a walk through of what you need and why: <a href=http://ninehats.com/?page_id=36>www.ninehats.com</a>

Robert
Nov 20, 2009

That's an interesting list. Check out this other site for a walk through of what you need and why: http://ninehats.com/?page_id=36

Bonnie
Sep 02, 2009

I dayhike alot... I never make dinner on the trail when I dayhike. Do many people?

Blueelk
May 26, 2009

I can get with this.

mike
May 26, 2009

if yer a veggie you should stay indoors, hide in shame

Lindsay
May 26, 2009

What if you're vegetarian?

Clayton Dewberry
Mar 12, 2008

Caloric information to go along w/ the menu would be really valuable.

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