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!

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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?

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

 

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