Food per day
For myself, I need about 1.5 pounds of food per day or I get REAL
hungry. I wouldn't short the food. For a 9 day hike, I would
normally bring about 13 1/2 pounds of food.
Of course, the "Yogi-ing" is pretty good in the National Parks (most
hikers bring too much food and are willing to share). I have taken
advantage of the generosity of others, but it is tough to rely on.
Have a great hike!
Here is a definition of "Yogi-ing" I found online:
Yogiing It is considered poor etiquette to ask for food on
the trail. Yogi-ing (after Yogi the bear) is the fine art of getting
someone to offer you food without actually asking for it. A valuable
skill, someone who can consistently score a yogi is much envied by
those who can't. The best yogi's are usually scored when the
trail goes by a state or National Park picnic ground where large
family or church picnics are being held. The curious picknickers
will often offer all kinds of goodies while listening to the hiker
recount his usually exaggerated adventures.
> Here is a definition of "Yogi-ing" I found online:I've done this several times but never knew it had a name. Two times
really stand out. My son and I got a full meal including dessert and
campfire time until my wife arrived to pick us up. The other my
friend and I got meals, beer, wine, and whiskey plus campfire songs
accompanied by guitar. I guess it helps to look really bedraggled.
- I think how much food you take is one of the biggest areas where
weight can be saved. As I don't cook much at home I just have a
freeze-dried whatever for dinner; turkey jerky, fruit, and gorp for
lunch, and instant oatmeal. It doesn't go much over one pound I
don't think, but I don't weigh it as carefully as my base weight
items. I almost always take more than I eat and am happy to find
Yogi on the trail. I could lose 10 or 15 pounds, so skinnier hikers
probably would need to take more. I often lose a few pounds if I'm
out a week or more. Bob R
--- In johnmuirtrail@y..., "dive_hike" <dive_hike@y...> wrote:
> For myself, I need about 1.5 pounds of food per day or I get REAL
> hungry. I wouldn't short the food. For a 9 day hike, I would
> normally bring about 13 1/2 pounds of food.
> Of course, the "Yogi-ing" is pretty good in the National Parks
> hikers bring too much food and are willing to share).
- I haven't weighed my food for a while but when I did keep track it ran
about a pound a day per person. I actually cook on the trail. I
prepack meals at home mainly rice or pasta based. I usually take a
couple of cans of meat, SPAM, ham, or chicken. I also take bacon
grease to fry the bread, fish, potatos, etc. I have skillet fread for
every meal varying the mix depending on the meal, cornbread for
mexican, oat orcoffee cake for breakfast. I once spent a few days
with two guys who only had freeze dried meals. The eagerly took
Pop-Tarts and SPAM I offered. They also salivated over my Red
Beans and Rice while preparing their Chicken Teriyaki. It does take
longer to prepare meals and I take a few more pans but they're fairly
lightweight. At any rate no one has complained about the food and I
don't generally lose weight over a pound or two. My friend lost a
pound a day when we finished JMT over a two week period but he started
at over 238 pounds and wanted to lose more.