• Kyle

    Thanks for the ideas – I really enjoy reading your blog!

    One piece of advice:
    You seem like a pretty tall guy – you might benefit from upping your protein intake near the 1 g of protein per lb of body weight range. At only 114 grams per day for several days you might experience some muscle loss. Have you tried packing whey protein in little bags? It’s lightweight and helps add cals/protein to breakfast and dinner without giving you a massive food coma.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Kyle. I’ve been playing with my macros quite a bit in the past several months, and I’ve thought about trying to duplicate my “normal” levels in the backcountry, but it isn’t practical for me. I packed whey protein in with my granola cereal for breakfast last year, but didn’t end up fussing with making that meal most mornings. Since I’m not bringing that this year, that’s one of the reasons that I moved to a protein bar for “dessert” this year.

  • This is great! I am a ProBar for breakfast guy too after realizing oatmeal was too much work at 4 am. I add in a Starbucks double shot espresso for my coffee fix. Heavy to pack in to base camp but I drink it at the tent and don’t haul it all day. It’s the little treats in the back country that make all the difference.

    Keep this stuff coming!

  • Jerud Earnest

    So are you going to wait on me to fry my bacon and eggs each morning?

  • Matt Anthony

    Driving up your energy-to-weight ratio will be 100% a function of your food having more fat and less indigestible stuff. Remember that macros have fixed nutritional value per gram … 9 cal per gram for fat, 4 cal per gram for protein and carbohydrates. Thus, notwithstanding removal of indigestible mass/filler, your strategies are simple: carry things with less water in them (dehydrated, etc but remember your body’s water intake and overall hydration will be affected by this so you have to drink more), and carry foods with higher calories-from-fat.

    FWIW, I’d rather not obsess about whittling a pound or two of weight at the expense of my nutrition. Rather, I’d do a bit more training to make that pound or two less of an issue to carry.

  • Donnie

    First off, thanks for the inspiration Mark. You are the reason I’m planning my first elk hunt for 2015, DIY Archery backpack somewhere in CO. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more out of me. :)

    Call me crazy but I think I’m going to pack this luxury item on my hunt. I’m a big breakfast guy and I hear these can’t be beat as far as powdered eggs go. Minimal weight added as well at 4.5 ozs. Whatcha think?


    • SoleAdventure

      That’s awesome to hear! Congrats on making the trip happen.

      Pick up those eggs to try at home first, and if they are good, then no one can call you crazy. Most everyone takes some sort of comfort/luxury item that isn’t always “ideal”.

  • Eric

    I assume you are burning much more than 2700 calories per day hiking the mountains for 7 days. Are you able to maintain decent energy levels late into the hunt?

    • SoleAdventure

      It does work for me, Eric. I’m not saying it would be smart to run a calorie deficit for a very long term, but for whatever reason that amount of calories is what keeps me satisfied and energized in the mountains. I would have to force myself to each much more than that. But, of course, scarfing down a pizza always sounds like a brilliant idea after the hunt, too.

  • PaleoArcherr

    41/2 months out from Wyoming Archery Elk and this months ” To Do’ list is meal planning. I will start using your meal plan, and give it a good go around, one product you may want to help in reviewing, regarding the Dinner category. Good to-Go, meals. I have consumed my fair share of Mtn. House, and last fall I tried these and was very suprised in taste, Calories, and packaging size. Anyway, I keep you updated on how I do with your plan and any tweeks….. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.