Food to Fuel Your Backpack Hunts

Lenny Nelson’s 2015 Gear List
August 10, 2015
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Food to Fuel Your Backpack Hunts

In Episode 6 of the Hunt Backcountry Podcast, we discuss the food that we use to fuel our hunts.  A little bit of thought, research, and analysis will allow you to not only ensure you’re meeting the nutritional demands of backcountry hunting, but also allow you to do it by carrying no more than 1.5lbs of food per day.

In the podcast was discuss the key facts that you need to know about a food’s weight and caloric density.  For example, did you know that there’s typically 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate and protein, but 9 calories per gram of fat?  Clearly, from a caloric density perspective, fat is king.

Take the total calories in any food item and divide that by the food’s weight (in ounces) and you will get that item’s calories-per-ounce ratio.

Make it your goal to have an overall calories/ounce number of around 120.

In addition to calories-per-ounce, consider things like packability, ease of use, value, and edibility.  More on that…

Some of our favorite foods to bring into the backcountry are:

Here’s an example day’s menu, which provides nearly 3,000 calories at 1.5lbs, with a calories-per-ounce ratio of 122.

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