April 1, 2014

I thought I would post our meal plan for our two week trip on the Chilkoot Trail for future artists in residence since it was such a challenge for us to figure out our meals for such a long trip.

Food BoxWe were allowed two food drops, one at Sheep Camp (on the fourth night) and one at Lindeman City (the ninth night), but they were to be flown in three months ahead of time so we had to make sure the food was able to withstand freezing and thawing. We also didn’t want to spend a ton of money on freeze dried packages which can be pretty expensive for an extended trip and less than satisfying after a while. We were allowed to leave some (recyclable) garbage at the ranger stations so we included some canned food and packed everything in two liquor store boxes lined with clear garbage bags.

InsideBoxWe hiked in our food for the first three days so we brought with us some fresher food such as kale, eggs, cheese, sausage, and bread. We got to our first food drop in the afternoon of our fourth day. We had to hike this food over the Chilkoot Pass so we wanted to make sure that we ate the heavier food in camp and left the lighter food for our packs. We ended up staying in Lindeman City for three nights due to bear activity and also because we were having such a good time. In Lindeman we ended up mostly making and eating food communally in the staff kitchen so we had some of our own food left over. On our last day in Bennett we ate lunch in the train station where they put the hikers in a separate room from the tourists who come in on the train for day.

Chilkoot Meal Plan

Here is a link to a spreadsheet with our meal plan. It is divided up by days and camps, as well as by weight allowance.

Tips for Food Packing

Packing

  • We tried to reduce the amount of garbage by taking off labels from cans, removing cardboard packages etc. but at the same time we used a lot of ziplock bags!
  • It was helpful to label our meals with masking tape with the day and what was suppose to be in the meal.
  • We made sure we had all our favorite snacks and treats in each food drop but after the first food drop we were kind of tired of the same trail mix, chocolate, and dried fruit. We wish we could have had different snacks in each box and more savory snacks.
  • We tried to make sure that we made enough at dinner to have leftovers to eat on the trail the next day.

Meals

These are a few of the meals that we made on the trail:

  • Fried udon with dried shiitake mushrooms and dried leeks, wakame salad (package) and miso soup
  • Annie’s mac and cheese with dried kale
  • Red lentil curry with curry powder, dried spinach and leeks, and converted rice
  • Pad thai with rice noodles, dried shiitake mushrooms, packaged pad thai sauce, peanuts
  • Fruit and nut curry with converted rice, coconut, masala, dried fruit and nuts
  • Egg noodles with canned tuna and dried kale
  • Mushroom pasta with dried porcini mushrooms, TVP and Italian tomato paste (in tube)
  • Veggie stew with dumplings or bannock with tomato paste, mushrooms, dried veggies

Shopping List
(This is not a complete list)

Staples/Condiments

  • sugar divided into 3 small ziplocks for coffee and oatmeal
  • salt
  • 1 small bottle of grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 pound of ground coffee
  • 4 soy sauce packages
  • milk powder – enough for coffee and oatmeal
  • curry/masala with coconut
  • cinnamon
  • flour with salt and baking powder for dumplings or bannock
  • 6 packages of freeze dried meals

Snacks

  • 6 packages of jerky
  • 6 dark chocolate bars
  • 3 packages of trail mix
  • 2 packages of rice crackers

Meals

  • 1 package of egg noodles
  • 1 can of smoked fish
  • 4 packages of udon
  • 1 pkg of wakame salad
  • 2 pkg of instant noodles
  • 2 pkg of miso soup mix
  • 2 boxes of annie’s mac and cheese
  • 1 pkg of red lentils
  • 1 pkg of rice noodles
  • 1 pkg of pad thai sauce
  • 1 pkg of TVP
  • 1 can or tube of tomato paste
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • nuts for curry and pad thai
  • quick oats
  • 4 packages of freeze dried fruit for oatmeal
  • dried veggie mix from bulk store
  • dried shiitake mushrooms
  • dried kale
  • dried fruit