Richard Bucker

Winter hiking calories and food

Posted at — Nov 29, 2016

Winter hiking is going to be a TECHNICAL pain in the ass with plenty of potential fun. In December I’m planning a 6 mile snow shoe hike and my biggest concern is that a 6 mile hike can become an all day event so it’s important to have water, shelter, and food; more than anything else.First Hike - 6 milesOptional second hike - ?? miles In preparation I’m trying to figure out how many calories I need to bring with me. First and foremost there is a standing caloric need of approx 1200 calories with a winter adjustment of another 400 for a total of 1600. And snow shoeing can be from 420-1000 per hour depending on effort(400 calories at 2 mph on level terrain); plus the effects of elevation.Food that is considered appropriate contain little to no water. Dehydrated food would be considered perfect but you need heat… therefore not so ideal if you do not have a stove; and I will not have a stove. Here are some food stuffs that I’m looking at.I placed these two pouches in the freezer and they got very stiff after an hour. The honey almond butter was noticeably harder as there must be some moisture in the honey. The plain peanut butter softened right away. There is about 190 calories per 1oz pack.I’ll add some tabs to my water before I leave for the hike. These electrolytes have 8 calories per tab or about 54 calories. Since there is sodium in this product I’m hoping it lowers the freezing point of the water.Jerky is going to be a good source of salt and protein calories. Each of these packets are 2oz and only 130 calories. The challenge here is that the honey has a higher moisture content and “fire” is not recommended when hiking in the snow and it may cause additional perspiration. And that’ll kill a hiker.I have additional calories on order and I’ll test their freezing point when they arrive.Each of these is about 100 calories, however, they contain caffeine and that is also undesirable.My usual snacks are Trader Joes cookies, bulk chocolate broken into little pieces so it melts in my mouth, Ritz crackers which are loaded with butter and salt, small chunks of hard cheese or salami that I’ve cut up beforehand, gorp, brazil nuts, Justin nut butter packets which I squeeze into my mouth, packets of GU, Oreos, beef jerky, and small chunks of dried fruit. Another favorite of mine is Terra Blue chips which you can crush to make more room in your pack.This quote came from an internet search with some sensible purchases for on the trail eating.