Food for Thought

For this trip I wanted to sample a range of our freeze dried foods so that I can review them on-line, so these meals formed the basis of my food for the six days, normally I'd take about half or less freeze dried meals and make up the rest with supermarket offerings. There's no doubt that freeze dried meals are very weight efficient but in many cases they don't taste as good as the heavier alternatives, so a 50/50 ratio is my compromise.

I arrived in Crianlarich late in the day so I booked a hotel with breakfast for the night before the walk, and I wouldn't need an evening meal on the last day because I'd be in Fort William. Therefore I was packing 5 breakfasts, 5 evening meals and 6 lunches.

All the food goes into a Granite Gear Medium Air Zipsack (52g), except for the food I'd eat on the trail during the day. Before we surge into the detail a broad outline of my daily diet would be:

  • Breakfast: Porridge or scrambled egg with coffee
  • Lunch: Muesli, Trail Mix (nuts and dried fruit), Energy/Trail bar, Boiled sweets, Cheese, Fruitcake
  • Evening Meal: Cup a soup, Freeze dried meal (or similar from supermarket), plus Energy/Trail bar followed by coffee

Didn't take a dessert for main meal - but could have had custard with dried fruit.

Total weight using freeze dried meals would be around 650grams per day, this is very low and reflects the extensive use of freeze dried meals. During the walk I lost about half a stone in weight - sad to say I could easily lose this - if you are starting lean you would probably need to bulk this up further, typically you would need 8-900grams of food per day in this case.

My diet was around 2500 calories per day, which is above the normal recommendation but if you are walking all day you need more than this - hence the reason I lost weight.

BREAKFASTSWeight incl packagingCaloriesQuantity
Mountain House Smooth Oatmeal138g544cal3
Adventure Food Expedition BFast161g600cal1
Adventure Food Farmers Omlette127g450cal1
TOTALS702g2682cal 
DAILY CONTRIBUTION140g536cal 

 

LUNCHES AND DAYTIME SNACKS
Weight incl packagingCaloriesQuantity
Trail Mix: Hazelnuts, Raisins, Brazil Nuts: 60g per day60g296cal6
Energy/Trail bars - Various - 2 per day59g220cal12
Muesli with Dried Milk (50g plus 30g)80g294cal6
Mature Cheddar - individually wrapped, 2 per day21g85cal12
TOTALS1800g7200cal 
DAILY CONTRIBUTION300g1200cal 

 

EVENING MEALS
Weight incl packagingCaloriesQuantity
Cup a Soup34g135cal5
Mountain House Potato and Salmon in Dill Sauce139g609cal1
Mountain House Chicken & Veg in Black Bean Sauce144g522cal1
Mountain House Chilli con Carne124g478cal1
Adventure Food Satay Rice170g600cal1
Adventure Food Goulash156g600cal1
TOTALS903g3484cal 
DAILY CONTRIBUTION180g697cal 

 

 Weight incl packagingCalories
TOTALS3405g13366cal
DAILY CONTRIBUTION (ASSUME 5.5 DAYS)
620g2430cal

 

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