I'm actually quite amazed you can take a group out for a 28 mile hike and get it done in 13 hours. That's faster than 2 miles an hour. And you do it with a group? That's incredible. It's hard enough to do it solo or with just one other person.
Anyway, if you do 28 mile hikes daily you're going to have to eat a lot of food. Daily marathons will make you very hungry within a couple of weeks.
Shbikes, I am not certain if it is an international or a Belgian-Dutch cultural thing, but there are a lot (like in every small town!) of '4daysies' or '5daysies' or '6daymarches' being organized in the Netherlands during spring and summer, mostly take place on 4 evenings in a row (not exceeding 10 miles per evening usually) but others in nature (along the coastline) or for longer distances (originally military and mass-events, not my preference but that is the only link i could find in English, sorry [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Four_Days_Marches_Nijmegen]International Four Days Marches Nijmegen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/url]). You also have long nightwalks (14 hours) or even 24hour walks.
I have truly no idea if this is also an American or English practice? Anyways, I suspect the topic opener is leading such kind of a local event, and the walking pace is over 3 to 4 miles per hour excluding rests, which would make an average of just over 2 miles per hour sound plausible. Usually, there is only one or two small (soup) breaks and a big meal at the end.
Sorry, I went a bit off topic, but i thought it to be a curious relict of military marches.
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You could take veggies just to eat raw, too. Most would be OK even sitting in your bag all day (right? I mean at least the ones that sit out of refrigeration all day at the store anyway?) A whole avocado could be good.
This sounds really cool. Also, the official '4daagse' site does have an English option if anyone else wants to look
I frequently ski tour long days and go on long hikes as well in the summer time. I find that jerky, dried fruit and nuts are too dehydrating on my system and try to reserve them for times when I'm out for multiple days in a row or use them in small quantities. I often pack a baked yam with coconut oil/cinnamon, left over meat (chicken breast, steak), grilled sausage, apples with nut butter ect. I try to keep things fresh and easy.
Thank you to everyone for commenting on the post. A lot of very useful advice. Some people asked what sort of job this was part of. In the UK most Local Authorities have a Walking for Health Project (although many are under threat with the Government cut backs). The Walking for Health Projects are aimed at setting up and leading short walks in the community mainly aimed at people who are not exercising - this fits nicely with the PB exercise-
Many of the walks are tailored to specific groups such as adults with learning difficulties as well as adults with mental health problems.
As part of keeping my job in the future I now also have to make a bit of income hence the long distance walk aimed more at your 'walker types'
Thanks agan everyone,
I use a dehydrator to dry a meat and veggie stew. You can make a lot, and then pack it in ziplock baggies. It keeps a good long time and is easy to re-hydrate though you need to experiment to get the method worked out for you. I made enough to maintain 4 people for a 2 week canoe trip without issue. You can make jerky, fruit jerky and even pemmican with the dehydrator and all this will weigh much less than anything else and weight is god if your humping it any distance.
could Warmbear or anyone else recommend a dehydrator?
A trail mix, nuts and dried fruit are great and even better if you throw a few chocolate buttons in as well.
I agree with the trail mix - apricots, prunes, raisins, nuts, mango, and dark chocolate. Yummy !!!!
[QUOTE=Khainag;1052934]could Warmbear or anyone else recommend a dehydrator?[/QUOTE]I have one of these. It's nice because it has the fan/heater unit at one end so all the trays get even air flow.
[url=http://www.amazon.com/Good4U-6-tray-Food-Dehydrator/dp/B001FR73JS]Amazon.com: Good4U 6 - tray Food Dehydrator: Sports & Outdoors[/url]
Dehydrated lean meat+rendered fat=Pemmican, the ultimate trail food (used by native Americans forever)
This is the best how to guide to making Pemican I have found complete with photos.
I found an AMERICAN HARVEST brand new in the box in the garbage. I cant recommend any other as this is what I have. it works ok but the trays are really fragile. This was about 15 years ago, it is still running.