Alert reader Jeremiah Kemper pointed me to Ben and Lauren’s 2007 Adventure. Their latest post is from Erwin, Tennessee (mile 338.7), so there’s lots more hiking — and, more importantly, blogging — to go as they travel north. I found this post about their dietary habits interesting:
It’s been our plan to include as many living foods as possible on our thru-hike. We believe that food which comes straight from the earth, eaten in its simplest form, gives the most nutrition, energy and life force to our bodies. So, what exactly fills our food bags?
Breakfast: Dried fruits and nuts, or meal bar that combines them – such as Larabar.
Lunch and Snacks: Energy-packed concentrated meal bars with whole grains, fruit, honey, nuts – Such as Bear Valley’s Pemmican or MealPack Bars – and then more figs!
Dinner: Sprouts, soaked overnight, mixed with instant dried hummus or other powdered carbohydrate. And don’t forget the Texas Pete.
Dessert: (Most Important!) Dark chocolate & countless spoonfulls of almond butter or PB.
At dinner we’ve been eating a combination of 4 different types of sprouts. I specifically chose ones that are complete proteins when eaten together, that sprout quickly (less than 2 days), and can be found easily in towns without health food stores.
We really feel satisfied so far and do not experience AYCE (all-you-can-eat) cravings for meat, bread, and just TONS of food, like many other hikers on a more standard backpacking diet. It’s been amazing, really.
They also have an excellent Flickr photo album of their hike.
More important than hiking is their [that dumb overused word]ing?
Zooma: sorry, I left out the emoticon for sarcasm mixed with irony mixed with exaggeration to emphasize the absurdity of the whole enterprise.
Ahhh, gotchya. Apology accepted 😉
About that trail journal, I wonder, is this really best — “We believe that food which comes straight from the earth, eaten in its simplest form, gives the most nutrition, energy and life force to our bodies.”
Maybe it’s true can you really get all the carbs you need eating primarily the healthiest & fresh food? I respect and partake in healthy eating… but when you’re out for long distances, you’ve gotta give in and gobble calories and sugars and proteins that don’t come from sprouts alone. Or maybe it really is possible to eat purely healthy and have the energy… just easier to wolf down delicious processed crap!
Thanks for the interest and encouragement! We had a great trip, and enjoyed staying connected by through the web.
Although our trail menu worked out extremely well for us (and is certainly not for everyone) – the main thing is getting out there, taking a risk and pursuing something adventurous.
Good luck in your pursuits!
if any of you do the hike again,try and stop by buena vista.bv is a hiker friendly small town .