Backpacking Food; What kind of treats are you packing?

When I first started doing overnight and multi-day trips I was really focused on lightweight dried food.  I always had a selection of those bagged back packer meals ready to go.  And for a while this really worked for me.  I enjoyed them, they were high calorie and lightweight, they are still a “go-to” and I have my favourites.  At some point however  I realized I was virtually a pack mule and could handle a little extra food weight.  Is there any better time to have some cheat foods after you’ve burned a couple thousand calories dragging a 50lb pack up a mountain? The answear is no, there isn’t.  Have you ever noticed how much better food taste after burning a zillion calories?  I don’t know about you but when I finish some epic day of sweating it out I have a Godzilla sized appetite at the end. So why not embrace that!

Pizza at Wedgemount Lake, Garibaldi Park, BC

I’ve carried everything from Pizza to Cupcakes and Whiskey to Wine into the wilderness.  Probably my favourite meal is breakfast, I love waking up in the morning to the fresh smell of coffee, veggie bacon or pancakes being cooked up, paired with a side of avocado, bagels with peanut butter, and BC Smoked Salmon this is a breakfast buffet I crave. All whilst at my basecamp staring out over a glacial lake at the base of a mountain or while breathing in the fresh scent of rain forest gazing out onto the Pacific Ocean.  Yes Please!

Here is a pro-tip.  I find many people do not get as creative with their food choices. Bring enough to share with your comrade as a surprise.  I love surprising people I care about. Handing them a fresh pizza after you battled out a day will have you both grinning ear to ear.

So here are some of my favourite treats I often bring along for multi day treks;

  • Full sized personal homemade pizzas, (enough for me and a friend)
  • Veggie Wraps with avocados, hummus, peppers, spinach, etc.
  • Pizza Buns
  • Pre-cooked rice in a bag
  • Pre-cooked Indian food in a bag
  • Veggie Sausages
  • CheeseIMG_4544.JPG
  • Smoked Salmon – This is a staple for me
  • Pancake Mix
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cup Cakes
  • Cans of Cider
  • Whiskey
  • Wine
  • Chocolate
  • Bagels
  • Cheese
  • Peanut Butter
  • Eggs
  • Veggie Bacon
  • Peanut Butter
  • Nachos
  • Hummus
  • Somosa’s
  • Annie’s pasta
  • Coffee – must have coffee
  • Coconut Cream – for coffee
  • Avocados
  • Apples
  • Butter

What is in your pack?

Breakfast at Mt. Colonel Foster, Strathcona Park, Vancouver Island


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