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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Tramping food: St James Walkway: Food for the trip

Tramping menu for the St James Walkway


Here is the food I am taking with me for my 5 day tramp around the St James Walkway this week. I have been tweaking my tramping food requirements as I look for variety and add a few more calories per day. I've added an extra snack per day as well as adding some extra drinks for rehydration.

I try to keep to the "golden" 700gms of tramping food per day rule, this should provide enough energy to propel me on my way.  The 700gm rule was thought up by the Peninsula Tramping Club (Geoff Spearpoint ?) as a good average to aim for when planning food requirements.

Packed as a 24 hour 'ration'

I like to pack my tramping food in a 24 hour "ration", it is in a plastic bag and contains all the items I will use in a 24 hour period. This is very military but I find it keeps things better organized than the "everything in one big bag" method of tramping food rationing. 

Tramping Food: Day 1
Tramping food- Day 1

Breakfast:  At home (I often buy MacDonalds Big Breakfast on the way out of town)
Lunch: Crackers + peanut butter + electrolyte drink
Snacks: le snack + raisin's + Steak bar + Special K biscuits
Dinner: Cheesy spud + Spam n' vege's ( rehydrated and mixed together = yum!) + chicken noodle soup + Refresh sachet (orange)
Extras:  Water purification tablets + salt + pot scrubber + chewing gum
Nestle Iced Tea + tea ( 1 T sugar) (760gms total)

Tramping Food: Day 2
Tramping food- Day 2

Breakfast:  Cream o' wheat + raisons + 1t sugar/milk powder + Tea
Lunch: Crackers + Pate + electrolyte drink
Snacks: Peanuts + Special K biscuit + scroggin pack+ Steak bar
Dinner: BCC Chicken a la King + mashed spuds + Miso soup + Refresh sachet (lemon/lime)
Extras: Puri Tabs + salt + pot scrubber
Nestle Iced Tea + tea ( 1 T sugar) (710gms total)

Tramping Food: Day 3
Tramping food- Day 3

Breakfast:  Porridge +1t sugar/milk powder + raisons + Tea
Lunch: Crackers + Tuna + electrolyte drink
Snacks: Peanuts (honey roasted) + raisin's + steak bar + cheese quarter
Dinner: Chicken noodles w. beef and vege's + Spring vege soup + Refresh sachet (orange)
Extras: Puri tabs + salt + pot scrubber + chewing gum
Nestle Iced Tea + Cappucino sachet + tea ( 1 T sugar) (730gms total)

Tramping Food: Day 4: Longest day on this tramp, 17 km's (6-8 hours)

Tramping food- Day 4

Tramping food- Day 4 close-up
Breakfast:  Porridge + 1t sugar/milk powder + raisons + Tea
Lunch: Crackers + peanut butter + electrolyte drink
Snacks: le snack + raisin's + peanut M & M's + Steak bar
Dinner: BCC Spag Bolognaise + tinned herrings ( I like them) + Beef soup + Refresh sachet (lemon/lime)
Extras: Puri tabs + salt + scrubber + 3x fruit chews (candy)
Nestle Iced Tea + Cappucino sachet + tea ( 1 T sugar) (720gms total)

I'm going to be buggered by the end of this day so just want something quick and tasty for dinner.

Tramping Food: Day 5: Last Day of the tramp (only Breakfast and snacks)
Tramping food- Day 5
Breakfast:  BCC Lamb Fettucine (1 serve) + tea (1T Sugar)
Snacks: Le Snack + raisin's + Nut Bar+ cheese quarter  (320gms total)


Tramping food- 5 Days


All up the food and sundries for this 5 day trip weight 2.7 kg's, or roughly 650 gm's per day.

Post Script: The main meals were fine but too many snacks taken. Loved the crackers which have now gone out of production! I ended up giving a bag of 5-6 snacks, one main meal and some drinks to a group of  hungry Te Araroa Trail trekkers who were short of food.  A combination of  warm weather, a trip shortened by one day and lack of appetite meant I didn't use all these calories.  I've adjusted my amounts and now take 2-3 snacks per day.