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Good camping food?

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Since its early October, this is our last big
hurrah and we're heading to Yosemite for three days.
No backpacking, but we will have at least one
18 mi roundtrip hike to half-dome, which'll need
snack food.

Any recommendations for food you would bring?

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  1. Steph, I just did Mt. Baldy and here's what I brought:

    some monterey jack cheese
    beef jerky
    chewy granola bars
    trail mix

    Sounds kinda gross but tastes great when you're starving, and it's light. I try and stay away from any perishable meats and mayo. Are you going to attempt to go to the top of the dome? It's a pretty hairy ascent and you'll want to have gloves for the cables.


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    1. re: Youndo

      Any kind of dried fruit would be a nice, sweet treat. pat

      1. re: Youndo

        Haven't gone backpacking in a couple yrs -- and last time I did I got in trouble for being too fascist about keeping weight down/not taking enough food. But I do have some thoughts that might be applicable to a day hike... wish I were going...

        The main thing about camping food of course is to stay away from it -- that is from any prepackaged freeze-dried or otherwise food sold at camping stores. It's all totally totally disgusting... If there is a good brand out there (I haven't looked lately) I don't know about it. But if it's only a day hike, you're probably not carrying a stove anyway, so the evil of powdered alfredo sauce isn't an issue...Snack foods, then...Trail mix, sure. But maybe better to have seperate bags of nuts, dried fruit, chocolate...? so people can mix their own, only get what they like... On the meat front, I like to take a salami. A high-quality Italian brand, natch. Cut into slices with your pocket knife. Once had a great pepperoni stick as well... For bread, pita keeps and packs well. String cheese of course is handy to have. I've had fantastic imported string cheese in the past but for hiking it's probably a supermarket plastic kind... let's see, cut vegetables, like carrots, jicama, celery... peanut butter and/or hummus in a small tupperware for sandwiches or for the carrots... scotch or cognac in a plastic bottle....hmm none of this is sounding terribly inspired or chowhoundish but hopefully a helpful idea in there..

        Have a great time. Rafi

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        Mike Kilgore

        I was always big on cutomized trail mix. I like the sweet and sour combo of dried apricots and chocolate chips with some mini pretzels added in. Used to carry some ritz crackers prepared like oreo cookies with cashew butter, chocolate chips and jam in a tupperware container. Also, as mentioned, sliced dry salami, or even pepperoni and sharp cheddar cheese. Every year for 4 or 5 years when I was a senior in H.S. and then college a group of us would get together and do a Yosemite hike. We would depart from the top of Glacier point and then go to Buena Vista Lake for a week of goofing off. Yosemite back country is really the most spectacular and relaxing place that I have ever found.

        1. Since it's your last hurrah, I'd say go nuts on the food. Look at smoked/cured meats, any cheeses, good bread, potted shrimp (make your own), fresh fruit (it's only one day/18 miles), a little wine and anything else you love to eat. Have a feast and be happy!

          1. 1. Junk food is always my favorite. I never get hungry enough for beef jerky, trail mix, etc. Power bars are good, power gels (or goo) are supposed to be excellent but I don't like them. Cheese/salami are yummy too.
            2. Believe it or not, rice balls work really well. I learned that from this japanese hike leader in Fresno. Masubi also, same idea.
            3. I'm sure you already know this, but bring ALOT of water for that hike. 'nuff said.
            Have a great time!

            1. I like chocolate covered raisins. And if you're talking cheese, I prefer an aged gouda (boerenkaas) or manchego which doesn't get oily when out of the refrigerator for a long time. Mmmmmm!

              1. Atlas on Burbank one block west of Cahuenga in North Hollywood has a great dried sausage (jaeger or some such) that is light and flavorful. Also, if you think you might be hungry, some hikers I know will take a big spoonful of chia seeds (you can buy them at whole feeds) mix them into a large glass of orange juice (this is all before the hike) let it sit for about 10-15 minutes, then stir it up again, and drink the juice with the seeds. They swear they don't get that hungry on the hike. (it is just a day hike, right?).

                1. If you're in the mood for a little kitchen time(minimal effort), I suggest making your own granola to take. I just made my first batch for a "cooking class" at my daughter's pre-school, and it really tastes great. So much better than store-bought, not to mention healthier. And you can put in exactly what you want. A roomful of three year olds just devoured it, and the teachers loved it as well.

                  1. All your ideas were great. Thought I'd share with
                    you the great stuff that other people brought as
                    well. Nature Valley's oats and honey granola
                    bars, Trader Joe's dried apple-cherry-mango? mix
                    in a bag was REALLY good, Pretz (seasoned pretzel
                    sticks), Teriyaki Turkey jerky from Costco.
                    Also Platypus water bags don't make your water taste
                    like plastic, and Snow's canned clam chowder with
                    Charthouse squaw bread is superb for dinner.