Reply Mon 26 Mar, 2007 02:41 pm
I absolutely love to hike! I go camping every summer, as often as possible, one month me, my dad, and my uncle planned for a four day hike, got the stuff together, and I'm addicted. Was a wonderful hike quite literally out in the middle of no where, rained the whole time, ran into a few cayotes, had an odd run in with a guy out for the weekend at his hunting lodge...well, anyway, I loved it. So next week I'm taking Thursday and Friday off school, to go on a three day hike. I'd like to know if anyone has got good trail mix ideas, if you know of any good freeze-dried food products (without meat), or any other food items that don't take up much space, but have lots of energy. Help would be much appreciated.
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 26 Mar, 2007 04:29 pm
Wish I had good suggestions. Mountain Home used to work for me, but without meat . . . ? Anyway, my trail mix was a variable combination of Snickers and Peanut M&Ms, plumped out with peanut butter on French rolls. And an occasional Slim Jim, but that's meat again. Let me know what you come up with.
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skeptical
 
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Reply Mon 26 Mar, 2007 04:40 pm
Thanks for the ideas. As for chocolate, we never pack that, don't want it to melt. I've got some freeze-dried food products without meat at the moment, but this is my first time trying them. Oh, and if there are any Pennsylvanians out there that know of some good hiking trails in the state, feel free to inform me.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 26 Mar, 2007 04:53 pm
farmerman probably has some ideas for you...

on trail mix, I'm no expert, but you might google the word "gorp".
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 26 Mar, 2007 05:13 pm
Peanut butter, hard cheese, crackers, dried fruit, energy bars (since you don't eat meat make sure and get the high protien ones), granola....

Do you eat fish? If you do, tuna, sardines, and tinned oysters are great to take along.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 26 Mar, 2007 06:17 pm
All the nuts you can stand, freeze-dried soy beans, study up on forest food.
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 26 Mar, 2007 07:08 pm
Snickers for spring & fall. M&Ms for summer, just because they resist melting.
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skeptical
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2007 12:21 pm
Peanut butter, hard cheese, crackers, dried fruit, energy bars (since you don't eat meat make sure and get the high protien ones), granola....
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Thanks much, helpful stough. Just wanted to know though boomerang, what do you meen by hard cheese exactly?
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boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2007 12:31 pm
Think cheeses that you would typically grate if you wanted to melt them -- cheeses without a lot of moisture: cheddar, parmesean, asiago, that sort of thing.
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skeptical
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2007 12:44 pm
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Think cheeses that you would typically grate if you wanted to melt them -- cheeses without a lot of moisture: cheddar, parmesean, asiago, that sort of thing.


Alright. Thanks for the clarification.
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Miller
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2007 02:23 pm
Pack a bag of:
raisins, almonds, peanuts, prunes, dried fruit, M&Ms, hard candy,
apples, oranges, pears, dates.

Also include plenty of water.
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skeptical
 
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Reply Thu 29 Mar, 2007 04:28 pm
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Pack a bag of:
raisins, almonds, peanuts, prunes, dried fruit, M&Ms, hard candy,
apples, oranges, pears, dates.

Also include plenty of water.


Ended up getting numerous dried fruits and nuts like last time. Ha, ha, I really wanted to get dome soy nuts, but couldn't find any without salt, got some raw soy beans...god, ate one and wanted to gag. As for water, we always take trails that follow a stream at one point or other so we can filter some, saves for packing. I'd hate to have to carry enough water for three whole days lol. Well, thanks for the suggestions.
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Miller
 
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Reply Thu 29 Mar, 2007 06:07 pm
1/2 dozen Dunkin Donuts, too.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 29 Mar, 2007 07:01 pm
Yo skeptical-welcome. Im a "forced hiker". I take day trips. Since my dayhops are all "calorie burners" I usually take only mineral water and a granola bar (high potassium water because I lose K quickly and get achy until I drink some potassium booster or eat a banana) .Im in the Lancaster County Pa area. What part of the state are you in?

First, dont worry about the Appalachian trail in Pa except for the eastern part and a little section around Chambersburg to Cumberland Md The AT is probably at its crappiest in PA because most of it is in level farmland. The Area from North of Hamburg Pa to the Delaware -to Highpoint NJ is a good section.






Theres a neat level hiking trail from the Chester County line to the Susquehanna River ,it follows an old Norfolk and Southern low grade railroad. The tracks have been pulled years ago, and its being groomed for hiking.
From Bedford to W Va is a good trail on the Appalachian Spine and First mountain (lottsa ridges for hiking and trails usually at the top. A fairly new one is the "canal trail" from lower Washington County to DC. It follows the old C&O canal and several historical sites and paths.

The Gettysburgh battlefield to Frederick Md is a ridge line trail that gets really nice weather because its the first big SW-NE ridge line after the Appalachian Plateau .
The Pa Geological survey and the DCNR (Dept Conservation and Nat Resources) has a bunch of hiking maps and incidental trails for all over the state. Google up Pa Geologica Survey Map 61. It has every quadrangle on it with the exception of the NW part of the state (Allegheny Forest has its own maps anyway)

Oh Yeh, the Pa geologic survey has 2 other good "hiking pubs" They are the
Outstanding Scenic Geological Features of Pennsylvania
Parts 1 and 2. These two books contain hundreds of sites all over the state which are mostly all in fairly wilderness areas, and are spines, mountain cliffs of glacial junk, Ancient volcanic plugs (even a kimberlite pipe or two), scenic waterfalls, sculptured rocks etc. All the sites have detailed maps of the section of the county they are in and , if you get the full quad maps from Map 61 ( map 61 has about 300 individual topo sheets from all over the state). If ya have trouble Googling the site, check back in and Ill link you by a PM. So happy stompin!
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skeptical
 
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Reply Fri 30 Mar, 2007 12:02 pm
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Yo skeptical-welcome. Im a "forced hiker". I take day trips. Since my dayhops are all "calorie burners" I usually take only mineral water and a granola bar (high potassium water because I lose K quickly and get achy until I drink some potassium booster or eat a banana) .Im in the Lancaster County Pa area. What part of the state are you in?

First, dont worry about the Appalachian trail in Pa except for the eastern part and a little section around Chambersburg to Cumberland Md The AT is probably at its crappiest in PA because most of it is in level farmland. The Area from North of Hamburg Pa to the Delaware -to Highpoint NJ is a good section.






Theres a neat level hiking trail from the Chester County line to the Susquehanna River ,it follows an old Norfolk and Southern low grade railroad. The tracks have been pulled years ago, and its being groomed for hiking.
From Bedford to W Va is a good trail on the Appalachian Spine and First mountain (lottsa ridges for hiking and trails usually at the top. A fairly new one is the "canal trail" from lower Washington County to DC. It follows the old C&O canal and several historical sites and paths.

The Gettysburgh battlefield to Frederick Md is a ridge line trail that gets really nice weather because its the first big SW-NE ridge line after the Appalachian Plateau .
The Pa Geological survey and the DCNR (Dept Conservation and Nat Resources) has a bunch of hiking maps and incidental trails for all over the state. Google up Pa Geologica Survey Map 61. It has every quadrangle on it with the exception of the NW part of the state (Allegheny Forest has its own maps anyway)

Oh Yeh, the Pa geologic survey has 2 other good "hiking pubs" They are the
Outstanding Scenic Geological Features of Pennsylvania
Parts 1 and 2. These two books contain hundreds of sites all over the state which are mostly all in fairly wilderness areas, and are spines, mountain cliffs of glacial junk, Ancient volcanic plugs (even a kimberlite pipe or two), scenic waterfalls, sculptured rocks etc. All the sites have detailed maps of the section of the county they are in and , if you get the full quad maps from Map 61 ( map 61 has about 300 individual topo sheets from all over the state). If ya have trouble Googling the site, check back in and Ill link you by a PM. So happy stompin!


Hey farmerman! Very Happy Such wonderful information! I'm always up for a new trail, the more difficult and challenging the better. I'll look into these an tell you what I think. What a small world, a fellow Pennsylvania hiker. I live in the York area.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 30 Mar, 2007 12:18 pm
Fruits, nuts, and the like are fine, skeptical. If you hadn't said you had used this diet before, though, I would offer a caution. That diet, expecially if your system isn't used to processing it, can lead to a very active digestive system when combined with unaccustomed excercise.
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skeptical
 
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Reply Sat 31 Mar, 2007 08:13 am
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Fruits, nuts, and the like are fine, skeptical. If you hadn't said you had used this diet before, though, I would offer a caution. That diet, expecially if your system isn't used to processing it, can lead to a very active digestive system when combined with unaccustomed excercise.


I exercise every day, it certaintly isn't unaccustomed exercise. As for fruit and nuts, I eat them quite a bit to. We're taking energy bars and a few freeze dried meals as well.
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skeptical
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2007 04:59 pm
Hey guys, got back from the hike Saturday evening after leaving thursday morning. It was cold, ended up snowing more than me an my dad expected, but we managed, there were little fireplaces in the wooden lean-to's we stayed at, which helped a little. Got about three or four inches of snow, it stayed off the trail in the forest mostly, but in the more open areas it got pretty deap. The scenery was lovely, and I got some great pictures, I'll try to get them on here after they've been developed. As for wild life, didn't see as much this time, it was a pretty well-used trail unlike the last one out in the middle of no where, so most animals stayed clear of it, did see a few deer though. If you're ever in the area I suggest trying it out:

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateParks/parks/laurelridge.aspx
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sun 27 May, 2007 07:08 pm
We went hiking yesterday, too. Littlek and I. Our hiking is most arduous, most adventurous:

http://groups.msn.com/_Secure/0RQBADpAT1I6u5p60GlzAzLHADM49A*bK5KQsG1AgLIEWgoH4YwOWtgoGNjTCeZqV9E2za0YnVJ3RpoivKYUV7KBfZSYYu0QHzAnUjzdL4*0/IMG_1999.JPG

We are also very advanced navigators of the forest. We can always find our way:

d: "Look, there's a red and yellow blaze. We should be on the orange though. Where do you think we are?"
lk: "Noooo, that must be wrong. They're letting it fade away."
d: "Anyway, we can't get too lost..."

And we didn't. Only a little and only a handful of times. In any case, we enjoyed the flora. with Lady Slippers richly scattered about everywhere.
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