Food & meal planning for a thru-hike is daunting enough. Trying to determine what I’ll be eating on a trip with no determined end date is downright overwhelming. I love to eat, need a lot of calories when I’m on trail, and to stay healthy it’s important to eat good quality food, which can be difficult. Getting fresh food into my diet without spending a fortune is especially challenging.

While hiking, I usually go stoveless, which has benefits and drawbacks. My choices are more limited (and expensive) and they tend to be heavier. On the other hand, I don’t have to carry a stove or fuel, worry about setting the forest on fire, and can usually eat right away without having to wait for my meal to cook, or spend a lot of time on cleanup afterwards.

When I’m not traveling, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I love to cook! I’ve developed a number of recipes for trail food, some of which you’ll find below. I’ll also post here about restaurant deals I find, foraging and farmers’ markets, and tips & tricks on maximizing my food dollars while still trying to eat as healthily as possible.