That’s right, we need to eat, even if we have to carry the food for 5 days.
In 2006 I started my degree in outdoor education, most people who meet me now can’t believe that I could possibly enjoy getting out there and getting dirty. I love to rock climb, and bush walk, they’re my 2 favourite outdoor activities.
So for the school holidays (and my birthday) we decided to go for a hike along the Great Ocean Walk. It’s a walk that was created along the Great Ocean Road about 7 years ago. The views were stunning!
We had to carry all of our food, tent, clothes, sleeping mats, cook stove etc for the whole time, so you want your pack to be light.
For our wedding one of the gifts we got was a food dehydrator, this makes making our packs light easier.
Breakfast consisted of either muesli with milk powder or dehydrated muesli, except on my birthday morning where J carried in two fresh eggs and some tomatoes and cooked me fried eggs and tomatoes! Delicious.
Lunch was always various combinations of humus, fresh beetroot, spinach, cherry tomatoes, tuna slices, and cheese on garlic and spirulina biscuits. We also carried cup-a-soups and hard boiled eggs for extra snacks and protein.
For dinner we had different meals every day. The first night was a tuna casserole (using packet Alfredo noodles, hard boiled eggs, dehydrated peas and chilli tuna).
All the further meals were dehydrated at home and we rehydrated them throughout the day while hiking in 500ml water tight containers. This meant that we only had to heat the meal at the end of the day.
We had a rehydrated risotto, which I had cooked the week before and it had spent a night in the food dehydrator. It rehydrated well but burnt when we were heating in and the rice broke up a lot.
Our third meal was Dahl, rehydrated. We cooked and dehydrated the dahl and the rice separately. But then rehydrated them seperatly and heated them up together. The Dahl was spicier than it had been, as flavours tend to get enhanced when the water is taken out.
My birthday dinner, the last night on the hike, was by far the best. Spaghetti bolagnese, dehydrated at home and rehydrated throughout the day again. It was delicious! We also took along some packet Parmesan cheese.
We also had snacks, 100gm of scroggin (trial mix), and a muesli bar for each day.
The food was delicious but I was definitely ready for something wonderfully greasy, so we stopped for Macca’s on the way home!
If you’d like to read about the adventure, the ins and outs of the Great Ocean Walk, head over to Our Hiking Blog and check out the post I wrote over there. Some beautiful photos of the amazing views!
Have you ever been hiking? Where did you go? What food did you take?