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Isle Royale Aside: A Two-week Long Backcountry Menu

Preparing for dinner at Little Todd

People often ask me, “What do you eat when you are out backpacking?” It is embarrassing to admit I never really know what to tell them; other than a vague recitation of staples, such as instant rice, couscous, pasta, etc.

When I was hiking along the Minong Ridge Trail on Isle Royale it dawned on me to write about my menu. Unfortunately, I never recorded my food beforehand, which would have made the process much easier. So when I arrived at Windigo, I spent a good portion of my rest day playing anthropologist, going through my garbage and recreating my menu from the six previous days on the island.

During the second half of the trip I did a much better job of recording what I consumed. Regardless, my notes were not complete and I went through the exact same anthropological procedure as before, except this time, it was a year later and I did it in the comfort of my own home. Yeah, you heard that right; I stored the garbage in my freezer for the past year, just for this occasion.

Although the following menu is a pretty good approximation of my diet for the two weeks I was on Isle Royale, it still is just that: an approximation. Although, the items consumed should be accurate enough, the serving sizes are estimates, since I cannot recall the actual amount measured off before leaving for my trip.


I omitted a few things from my menu. I did not include my vitamins, which included several different kinds during breakfast and dinner. Also, I carried several different dried spices in small resealable plastic bags. The calories from these are negligible, as is their weight.

The following table lists my entire Isle Royale menu by meal and date. Included are date, approximate location of meal, item, my serving size, weight in grams and Calories. Weight and Calorie totals for each meal, day and the complete trip are listed as well. Links to each blog post where the meal took place (although many snacks are omitted) and to a retailer where the item may be purchased are listed throughout the table.

Notice the second week is mostly just a copy of the first one, with slight modifications. When I packed for this two-week trip, I found planning my meals overwhelming, so I broke it down into two seven-day trips, which eased the effort somewhat. I figured that by the time the second week rolled around, the miles and the exertion would suppress my memory of the first week’s menu.

The meals got a little sparser near the end, since originally I planned to eat a meal at one of the Rock Harbor restaurants, which did not happen as they closed the Sunday before Labor Day. Included in the meals is my celebratory feast of confectionaries when I arrived at Windigo, and the Foster’s Lager oil can that I carried all the way from the frigid cold temperatures at Washington Creek Campground to Siskiwit Bay Campground.

Here is a table of my menu during the Isle Royale trip I took in late summer of 2011:

Date Location Meal Item Serving size Weight Calories
Aug 29 Rock Harbor Trail PM Snack Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2 – Grape pouch 15.0 50
Naked Granola Taste Of California cookie 1 bar 70.9 200
Total 85.9 250
Daisy Farm Dinner Bumble Bee Foods Wild Pink Salmon pouch 141.7 120
Wegmans Instant Rice 1 cup 88.0 320
Organic Just Corn small handful 14.0 50
Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate 1 bar 9.9 50
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 3 pieces 10.5 34
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Newman’s Own Hint-O-Mint Cookies 2 cookies 27.0 130
Total 303.1 752
Day Total 389.0 1002
Aug 30 Daisy Farm Breakfast Old Wessex Ltd. Instant Oatmeal 1 cup 80.0 320
Wegmans Whey Protein Powder 1 scoop 21.5 80
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Simply Organic Cinnamon 1 t. 1.0 0
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Health Valley Organic Blueberry Cobbler Cereal Bar 1 bar 37.0 140
Celestial Seasonings Herb Tea, Mint Magic 1 bag 2.0 0
Total 185.8 706
Daisy Farm Trail AM snack Zone Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Nutrition Bar half bar 25.0 105
Total 25.0 105
Greenstone Ridge Trail Lunch Wegmens Yellowfin Light Tuna in Water pouch 8.5 80
Arnold’s Select Sandwich Thins – 100% Whole Wheat 1 roll 43.0 100
Spectrum Organic Soy Mayonnaise 1 tbsp 15.0 100
Woodstock Farms Dark Chocolate Almonds 1/4 bag 50.0 300
Yumnuts Naturals Cashews Chocolate 1/8 bag 17.8 100
Celestial Seasonings Peach Delight Green Tea 1 packet 2.5 0
Total 136.8 680
East Chickenbone Trail PM snack Zone Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Nutrition Bar half bar 25.0 105
Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2 – Grape packet 15.0 50
Total 40.0 155
McCargoe Cove Dinner Annie’s Homegrown Organic Shells and Real Aged Cheddar half package 89.0 338
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 3 pieces 10.5 34
Doctor Kracker Seedlander Crackers 6 crackers 21.8 90
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Newman’s Own Hint-O-Mint Cookies 2 cookies 27.0 130
Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate 1 bar 9.9 50
Mountain House Neapolitan Ice Cream Bar 1 bar 21.3 120
Golden Valley Natural Organic Beef Jerky Bar-B-Que 1/2 package 42.5 105
Total 234.0 915
Day Total 621.6 2561
Aug 31 McCargoe Cove Breakfast Post Grape-Nuts Cereal 3/4 cup 87.0 300
New England Naturals Organic Omega Hemp and Flax Granola 1/4 cup 26.0 120
Sliced almonds 1/8 cup 28.0 163
Sunflower seeds 1/8 cup 28.0 164
Wegmans Whey Protein 1 scoop 21.5 80
Emergen-C Raspberry 1 packet 8.0 20
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Simply Organic Cinnamon 1 t. 1.0 0
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Kashi TLC Cereal Bar, Blackberry Graham 1 bar 35.0 110
Total 278.8 1123
Minong Ridge Trail AM snack Nature’s Path Organic Granola Bars, Pumpkin-n-Spice half bar 17.5 70
Total 17.5 70
Minong Ridge Trail Lunch Justin’s Classic Organic Peanut Butter 1 pouch 32.0 200
MRE Blackberry Jam 1 packet 28.4 70
Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, Multi-Grain 1 roll 42.5 100
Kettle Valley Fruit Snack, Orchard Blend 1 bar 20.0 70
Woodstock Farms Dark Chocolate Almonds 1/8 bag 25.0 150
Yumnuts Naturals Cashews Chocolate 1/4 bag 35.5 200
To Go Brands Acai Energy Drink 1 packet 6.3 24
Total 189.7 814
Minong Ridge Trail PM Snack Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2, Fruit Punch 1 packet 15.0 50
Nature’s Path Organic Granola Bars, Pumpkin-n-Spice half bar 17.5 70
Total 32.5 120
Todd Harbor Dinner Lipton Cup-A-Soup Chicken Noodle w/ White Meat 1 packet 13.0 50
Dr. McDougall’s Black Bean & Lime Soup Cup 1 cup 95.0 340
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 3 pieces 10.5 34
Doctor Kracker Seedlander Crackers 3 crackers 10.5 34
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Newman’s Own Hint-O-Mint Cookies 2 cookies 27.0 130
Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate 1 piece 9.9 50
Celestial Seasonings Zingers to Go Herb Tea, Tangerine Orange Wave 1 packet 2.5 0
Celestial Seasonings Green Tea Decaf. 1 bag 2.0 0
Total 182.4 686
Day Total 700.9 2813
Sep 01 Todd Harbor Breakfast Organic Valley Nonfat Dry Milk 3 tbsp 26.0 90
Old Wessex Ltd. Instant Oatmeal 1 cup 80.0 320
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Simply Organic Cinnamon 1 t. 1.0 0
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Health Valley Organic Blueberry Cobbler Cereal Bar 1 bar 37.0 140
Emergen-C Mixed Berry 1 packet 8.0 20
Total 196.3 736
Minong Ridge Trail AM Snack Zone Perfect Nutrition Bar, Chocolate Mint half bar 22.5 95
Total 22.5 95
Minong Ridge Trail Lunch Fantastic Foods Original Hummus 1 serving 28.0 120
Atlantic Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 packet 14.2 120
Arnold’s Select Sandwich Thins – 100% Whole Wheat 1 roll 43.0 100
Kopali Organics Pineapple 1 packet 48.0 170
Kettle Valley Fruit Snack, Cherry 1 bar 20.0 70
Woodstock Farms Dark Chocolate Almonds 1/8 bag 25.0 150
Yumnuts Naturals Cashews Chocolate 1/8 bag 17.8 100
Healthy To Go! Omega To Go 1 packet 6.5 20
Total 202.5 850
Little Todd PM Snack Zone Perfect Nutrition Bar, Chocolate Mint half bar 22.5 95
Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2, Fruit Punch 1 packet 15.0 50
Total 37.5 145
Little Todd Dinner Fantastic World Foods Organic Whole Wheat Couscous half cup 90.0 340
Organic Just Corn handful 14.0 50
Golden Valley Natural Organic Beef Jerky Bar-B-Que half package 42.5 105
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 3 pieces 10.5 34
Doctor Kracker Seedlander Crackers 3 pieces 10.5 34
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Newman’s Own Hint-O-Mint Cookies 2 cookies 27.0 130
Celestial Seasonings Herb Tea, Mint Magic 1 bag 2.0 0
Total 208.5 741
Day Total 667.3 2567
Sep 02 Little Todd Breakfast Old Wessex Ltd. Instant Oatmeal 1 cup 80.0 320
Organic Valley Nonfat Dry Milk 3 tbsp 26.0 90
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Simply Organic Cinnamon 1 t. 1.0 0
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Emergen-C Raspberry 1 packet 8.0 20
Kashi TLC Snack Bar, Baked Apple Spice 1 bar 35.0 110
Total 194.3 706
Minong Ridge Trail AM Snack Kashi TLC Fruit & Grain Bar, Raspberry Chocolate 1 bar 32.0 120
Total 32.0 120
Minong Ridge Trail Lunch Wegmans Albacore Tuna pouch 8.5 80
Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, Multi-Grain 1 roll 42.5 100
Spectrum Organic Soy Mayonnaise 1 tbsp 15.0 100
Kopali Organic Chocolate Covered Goji Berries half package 28.5 120
Kettle Valley Fruit Snack, Blueberry 1 bar 20.0 70
Celestial Seasonings Zingers to Go Herb Tea, Tangerine Orange Wave 1 packet 2.5 0
Total 117.0 470
North Lake Desor Dinner Eden Organic Vegetable Alphabets Pasta half cup 55.0 210
Simply Organic Sweet Basil Pesto Seasoning Mix packet 15.0 40
Atlantic Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 packet 14.2 120
Kopali Organic Chocolate Covered Goji Berries half package 28.5 120
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 3 pieces 10.5 34
Doctor Kracker Seedlander Crackers 3 pieces 10.5 34
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Newman’s Own Hint-O-Mint Cookies 2 cookies 27.0 130
Celestial Seasonings Zingers to Go Herb Tea, Tangerine Orange Wave 1 packet 2.5 0
Total 175.2 736
Day Total 518.5 2032
Sep 03 North Lake Desor Breakfast Post Grape-Nuts Cereal 3/4 cup 87.0 300
New England Naturals Organic Omega Hemp and Flax Granola 1/4 cup 26.0 120
Sliced almonds 1/8 cup 28.0 163
Sunflower seeds 1/8 cup 28.0 164
Wegmans Whey Protein 1 scoop 21.5 80
Emergen-C Raspberry 1 packet 8.0 20
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Simply Organic Cinnamon 1 t. 1.0 0
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Health Valley Organic Blueberry Cobbler Cereal Bar 1 bar 37.0 140
Total 280.8 1153
Minong Ridge Trail AM Snack Zone Perfect Double Dark Chocolate Nutrition Bar half bar 22.5 95
Total 22.5 95
Minong Ridge Trail Lunch Justin’s Classic Organic Peanut Butter 1 pouch 32.0 200
MRE Blackberry Jam 1 packet 28.4 70
Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, Multi-Grain 1 roll 42.5 100
Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate 1 piece 9.9 50
Kettle Valley Organic Real Fruit Snack, Strawberry 1 bar 20.0 70
Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2, Fruit Punch 1 packet 15.0 50
Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwich 1 sandwich 32.0 150
Total 179.8 690
Minong Ridge Trail PM Snack Zone Perfect Double Dark Chocolate Nutrition Bar half bar 22.5 95
Total 22.5 95
Windigo Windigo Snack Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Candies 1 package 43.0 210
Minute Maid Juice Apple 1 bottle 430.9 209
Hunt’s Vanilla Pudding Cup 1 cup 99.0 120
Homemade apple pie 1 small slice 155.0 411
Total 727.9 950
Washington Creek Dinner Backpacker’s Pantry Shepherd’s Potato Stew with Beef 1 package 165.0 600
Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2 – Grape pouch 15.0 50
Total 180.0 650
Day Total 1413.5 3633
Sep 04 Washington Creek Breakfast Old Wessex Ltd. Instant Oatmeal 1 cup 80.0 320
Organic Valley Nonfat Dry Milk 3 tbsp 26.0 90
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Simply Organic Cinnamon 1 t. 1.0 0
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Kashi TLC Cereal Bar, Blackberry Graham 1 bar 35.0 110
Emergen-C Mixed Berry 1 packet 8.0 20
Celestial Seasonings Green Tea Decaf. 1 bag 2.0 0
Jennie’s Coconut Macaroon 1 piece 12.6 65
Total 208.9 771
Washington Creek Lunch Justin’s Classic Organic Peanut Butter 1 pouch 32.0 200
MRE Blackberry Jam 1 packet 28.4 70
Arnold’s Select Sandwich Thins – 100% Whole Wheat 1 roll 43.0 100
Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate 1 piece 9.9 50
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 3 pieces 10.5 34
Doctor Kracker Seedlander Crackers 3 pieces 10.5 34
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Newman’s Own Hint-O-Mint Cookies 2 cookies 27.0 130
Kettle Valley Fruit Snack, Cranberry 1 bar 20.0 68
Sahale Snacks Glazed Nuts Almonds with Cranberries, Honey + Sea Salt half package 57.0 302
Total 250.3 1036
Washington Creek Dinner Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Vegan Lentil Couscous Soup, Lower Sodium 1 cup 62.0 190
Healthy To Go! Omega To Go 1 packet 6.5 20
Sahale Snacks Glazed Nuts Almonds with Cranberries, Honey + Sea Salt half package 57.0 302
Total 125.5 512
Day Total 584.7 2319
Sep 05 Washington Creek Breakfast Post Grape-Nuts Cereal 3/4 cup 87.0 300
New England Naturals Organic Omega Hemp and Flax Granola 1/4 cup 26.0 120
Sliced almonds 1/8 cup 28.0 163
Sunflower seeds 1/8 cup 28.0 164
Wegmans Whey Protein 1 scoop 21.5 80
Organic Valley Nonfat Dry Milk 3 tbsp 26.0 90
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Simply Organic Cinnamon 1 t. 1.0 0
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Kashi TLC Snack Bar, Baked Apple Spice 1 bar 35.0 110
Celestial Seasonings 100% Natural Lemon Zinger Herbal Tea 1 bag 2.0 0
Total 298.8 1193
Feldtmann Lake Trail Lunch Justin’s Classic Organic Peanut Butter 1 pouch 32.0 200
MRE Blackberry Jam 1 packet 28.4 70
Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, Multi-Grain 1 roll 42.5 100
Yumnuts Naturals Cashews Chocolate 1/4 bag 35.5 200
Woodstock Farms Dark Chocolate Almonds 1/4 bag 50.0 300
Kettle Valley Fruit Snack, Cranberry 1 bar 20.0 68
Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2, Fruit Punch 1 packet 15.0 50
Total 223.4 988
Feldtmann Lake PM Snack Naked Granola Taste Of Down Under 1 bar 70.0 220
Total 70.0 220
Feldtmann Lake Dinner Bumble Bee Foods Wild Pink Salmon pouch 141.7 120
Wegmans Instant Rice 1 cup 88.0 320
Organic Just Corn small handful 14.0 50
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 3 pieces 10.5 34
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Newman’s Own Hint-O-Mint Cookies 2 cookies 27.0 130
Emergen-C Mixed Berry 1 packet 8.0 20
Total 301.2 722
Day Total 893.4 3123
Sep 06 Rainbow Cove Breakfast Post Grape-Nuts Cereal 3/4 cup 87.0 300
New England Naturals Organic Omega Hemp and Flax Granola 1/4 cup 26.0 120
Sliced almonds 1/8 cup 28.0 163
Sunflower seeds 1/8 cup 28.0 164
Wegmans Whey Protein 1 scoop 21.5 80
Emergen-C Raspberry 1 packet 8.0 20
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Kashi TLC Cereal Bar, Blackberry Graham 1 bar 35.0 110
Total 277.8 1123
Feldtmann Ridge Trail AM Snack Zone Perfect Dark Chocolate Almond Nutrition Bar half bar 22.0 95
Total 22.0 95
Feldtmann Ridge Tower Lunch Wegmens Yellowfin Light Tuna in Water pouch 8.5 80
Arnold’s Select Sandwich Thins – 100% Whole Wheat 1 roll 43.0 100
Spectrum Organic Soy Mayonnaise 1 tbsp 15.0 100
Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate 1 piece 9.9 50
Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2 – Grape pouch 15.0 50
Kettle Valley Fruit Snack, Cherry 1 bar 20.0 70
Total 111.4 450
Feldtmann Ridge Trail PM Snack Zone Perfect Dark Chocolate Almond Nutrition Bar half bar 23.0 95
Total 23.0 95
Siskiwit Bay Dinner Annie’s Homegrown Organic Shells and Real Aged Cheddar half package 89.0 338
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 3 pieces 10.5 34
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Newman’s Own Hint-O-Mint Cookies 2 cookies 27.0 130
Golden Valley Natural Organic Beef Jerky Bar-B-Que half package 42.5 105
Foster’s Lager oil can 788.1 315
Total 969.1 970
Day Total 1403.3 2733
Sep 07 Siskiwit Bay Breakfast Post Grape-Nuts Cereal 3/4 cup 87.0 300
New England Naturals Organic Omega Hemp and Flax Granola 1/4 cup 26.0 120
Sliced almonds 1/8 cup 28.0 163
Sunflower seeds 1/8 cup 28.0 164
Organic Valley Nonfat Dry Milk 3 tbsp 26.0 90
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Health Valley Organic Blueberry Cobbler Cereal Bar 1 bar 37.0 140
Emergen-C Mixed Berry 1 packet 8.0 20
Total 284.3 1163
Island Mine Campground AM Snack Zone Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Nutrition Bar half bar 25.0 105
Total 25.0 105
Mt. Desor Lunch Fantastic Foods Original Hummus 1 serving 28.0 120
Atlantic Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 packet 14.2 120
Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, Multi-Grain 1 roll 42.5 100
Kettle Valley Fruit Snack, Blueberry 1 bar 20.0 70
Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2, Fruit Punch 1 packet 15.0 50
Yumnuts Naturals Cashews Chocolate 1/4 bag 35.5 200
Woodstock Farms Dark Chocolate Almonds 1/4 bag 50.0 300
Kopali Organics Mango 1 package 51.0 140
Total 256.2 1100
Greenstone Ridge Trail PM Snack Zone Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Nutrition Bar half bar 25.0 105
Total 25.0 105
South Lake Desor Dinner Dr. Mcdougall’s Black Bean & Rice Soup 1 cup 45.0 170
Celestial Seasonings Zingers to Go Herb Tea, Tangerine Orange Wave 1 packet 2.5 0
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 2 pieces 7 .0 23
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Newman’s Own Hint-O-Mint Cookies 2 cookies 27.0 130
Golden Valley Natural Organic Beef Jerky Bar-B-Que half package 42.5 105
Total 136.0 476
Day Total 726.5 2949
Sep 08 South Lake Desor Breakfast Old Wessex Ltd. Instant Oatmeal 1 cup 80.0 320
Organic Valley Nonfat Dry Milk 3 tbsp 26.0 90
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Simply Organic Cinnamon 1 t. 1.0 0
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Kashi TLC Snack Bar, Baked Apple Spice 1 bar 35.0 110
To Go Brands Acai Energy Drink 1 packet 6.3 24
Total 192.6 710
Greenstone Ridge Trail AM Snack Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars Cherry Dark Chocolate 1 bar 18.0 60
Total 18.0 60
Ishpeming Point Lunch Justin’s Classic Organic Peanut Butter 1 pouch 32.0 200
MRE Blackberry Jam 1 packet 28.4 70
Arnold’s Select Sandwich Thins – 100% Whole Wheat 1 roll 43.0 100
Kopali Organics Pineapple 1 packet 48.0 170
Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2, Fruit Punch 1 packet 15.0 50
Kettle Valley Organic Real Fruit Snack, Strawberry 1 bar 20.0 70
Mountain House Neapolitan Ice Cream Bar 1 bar 21.3 120
Total 207.7 780
Greenstone Ridge Trail PM Snack Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars Cherry Dark Chocolate 1 bar 17.0 60
Total 17.0 60
Hatchet Lake Dinner Mountain House Pro Pak Beef Stew 1 package 115.0 480
Celestial Seasonings Zingers to Go Herb Tea, Tangerine Orange Wave 1 packet 2.5 0
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 2 pieces 7 .0 23
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Newman’s Own Hint-O-Mint Cookies 2 cookies 27.0 130
Jennie’s Coconut Macaroon 1 piece 12.6 65
Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate 1 piece 9.9 50
Total 186.0 796
Day Total 621.3 2406
Sep 09 Hatchett Lake Breakfast Post Grape-Nuts Cereal 3/4 cup 87.0 300
New England Naturals Organic Omega Hemp and Flax Granola 1/4 cup 26.0 120
Sliced almonds 1/8 cup 28.0 163
Sunflower seeds 1/8 cup 28.0 164
Wegmans Whey Protein 1 scoop 21.5 80
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Health Valley Organic Blueberry Cobbler Cereal Bar 1 bar 37.0 140
Emergen-C Mixed Berry 1 packet 8.0 20
Total 279.8 1153
Greenstone Ridge Trail AM Snack Kashi TLC Fruit & Grain Bar, Raspberry Chocolate half bar 16.0 60
Total 16.0 60
Greenstone Ridge Trail Lunch Wegmans Albacore Tuna pouch 8.5 80
Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, Multi-Grain 1 roll 42.5 100
Spectrum Organic Soy Mayonnaise 1 tbsp 15.0 100
Kettle Valley Fruit Snack – Berry blend 1 bar 20.0 70
Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2 – Grape pouch 15.0 50
Kopali Organics Chocolate Cacao Nibs half package 28.5 140
Total 129.5 540
Greenstone Ridge Trail PM Snack Kashi TLC Fruit & Grain Bar, Raspberry Chocolate half bar 16.0 60
Total 16.0 60
West Chickenbone Lake Dinner Buffalo Guys Mild Buffalo Jerky 1/2 package 60.0 100
Fantastic World Foods Organic Whole Wheat Couscous half cup 90.0 340
Organic Just Corn handful 14.0 50
Emergen-C Raspberry 1 packet 8.0 20
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 3 pieces 10.5 34
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Newman’s Own Hint-O-Mint Cookies 2 cookies 27.0 130
Doctor Kracker Seedlander Crackers 8 crackers 29.0 120
Jennie’s Coconut Macaroon 1 piece 12.6 65
Total 263.1 907
Day Total 704.4 2720
Sep 10 West Chickenbone Lake Breakfast Organic Valley Nonfat Dry Milk 3 tbsp 26.0 90
Old Wessex Ltd. Instant Oatmeal 1 cup 80.0 320
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Simply Organic Cinnamon 1 t. 1.0 0
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Emergen-C Mixed Berry 1 packet 8.0 20
Kashi TLC Snack Bar, Baked Apple Spice 1 bar 35.0 110
Celestial Seasonings Green Tea Decaf. 1 bag 2.0 0
Total 196.3 706
Indian Portage Trail AM snack Nature’s Path Organic Granola Bars, Pumpkin-n-Spice half bar 17.5 70
Total 17.5 70
Moskey Basin Lunch Kopali Organics Chocolate Cacao Nibs half package 28.5 140
Kettle Valley Fruit Snack, Cranberry 1 bar 20.0 68
Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate 1 piece 9.9 50
Celestial Seasonings Zingers to Go Herb Tea, Tangerine Orange Wave 1 packet 2.5 0
Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2 – Grape pouch 15.0 50
Total 75.9 308
Moskey Basin Dinner Eden Organic Vegetable Alphabets Pasta half cup 55.0 210
Simply Organic Sweet Basil Pesto Seasoning Mix packet 15.0 40
Atlantic Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 packet 14.2 120
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 1 piece 3.5 12
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Newman’s Own Hint-O-Mint Cookies 2 cookies 27.0 130
Jennie’s Coconut Macaroon 1 piece 12.6 65
Doctor Kracker Seedlander Crackers 4 crackers 14.5 60
Total 153.8 685
Day Total 443.5 1769
Sep 11 Moskey Basin Breakfast Post Grape-Nuts Cereal 3/4 cup 87.0 300
New England Naturals Organic Omega Hemp and Flax Granola 1/4 cup 26.0 120
Sliced almonds 1/8 cup 28.0 163
Sunflower seeds 1/8 cup 28.0 164
Wegmans Whey Protein 1 scoop 21.5 80
Emergen-C Raspberry 1 packet 8.0 20
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Kashi TLC Cereal Bar, Blackberry Graham 1 bar 35.0 110
Total 277.8 1123
Mt Ojibway AM Snack Zone Perfect Nutrition Bar, Chocolate Mint 1 bar 45.0 190
Total 45.0 190
Greenstone Ridge Trail Lunch Justin’s Classic Organic Peanut Butter 1 pouch 32.0 200
MRE Blackberry Jam 1 packet 28.4 70
Arnold’s Select Sandwich Thins – 100% Whole Wheat 1 roll 43.0 100
Kettle Valley Fruit Snack, Cherry 1 bar 20.0 70
Gatorade Perform 02 Powder Packet G2, Fruit Punch 1 packet 15.0 50
Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwich 1 sandwich 32.0 150
Sahale Snacks, Socorro Blend 1/2 package 70.0 400
Total 240.4 1040
Tobin Harbor Trail PM Snack Sahale Snacks, Socorro Blend 1/2 package 70.0 400
Total 70.0 400
Rock Harbor Dinner Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Split Pea Soup 1 cup 54.0 110
Buffalo Guys Mild Buffalo Jerky 1/2 package 60.0 100
Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate 1 piece 9.9 50
Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 3 pieces 10.5 34
Mi-Del Ginger Snaps 2 cookies 12.0 48
Doctor Kracker Seedlander Crackers 4 crackers 14.5 60
Wegmans Whey Protein Powder 1/2 scoop 10.0 37
Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, Multi-Grain 1 slice 21.0 50
Total 191.9 489
Day Total 825.1 3242
Sep 12 Rock Harbor Breakfast Organic Valley Nonfat Dry Milk 3 tbsp 26.0 90
Old Wessex Ltd. Instant Oatmeal 1 cup 80.0 320
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran 1 tbsp 3.8 13
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal 1 tbsp 6.5 30
Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Germ 1 tbsp 8.0 30
Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries small handful 9.0 33
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Raspberries small handful 7.0 25
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Blueberries small handful 6.0 20
Simply Organic Cinnamon 1 t. 1.0 0
Woodstock Organic Brown Sugar 1 tbsp 4.0 15
Health Valley Organic Blueberry Cobbler Cereal Bar 1 bar 37.0 140
Emergen-C Mixed Berry 1 packet 8.0 20
Total 196.3 736
Rock Harbor Lunch Kopali Organics Mango 1 package 51.0 140
Lipton Cup-a-Soup Hearty Chicken Noodle 1 envelope 16.0 61
Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate 1 piece 9.9 50
Celestial Seasonings Peach Delight Green Tea 1 packet 2.5 0
Kettle Valley Organic Real Fruit Snack, Strawberry 1 bar 20.0 70
Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, Multi-Grain 1 slice 21.0 50
Arnold’s Select Sandwich Thins – 100% Whole Wheat 1 slice 21.5 50
Total 141.9 421
Day Total 338.2 1157
Trip Total 10851.2 37026

Since I have never analyzed a backcountry trip’s menu in such a way before, I was pleasantly surprised with the regularity of the meals in terms of calories and weight. The higher calorie days tended to be days of bone-chilling temperatures (my rest day in Windigo and the day after) or very long days where the extra Calories were necessary to cover the many arduous miles.

The breakfasts consisted either of the lighter weight/lower Calorie oatmeal or the higher weight/higher Calorie cold cereal. This may indicate I need to up my Calories when I bring oatmeal by either increasing the serving size or adding an extra cereal bar. The highest Calorie breakfast was 1193 at Washington Creek during the bitter cold just prior to leaving for Feldtmann Lake, with the lowest being a three-way tie at 706 between Daisy Farm, Little Todd and West Chickenbone Lake. The most efficient meal (i.e. highest Calories per weight) was Hatchet Lake, with the least being the next day’s at West Chickenbone Lake.

Lunches ranged from the low 308-Calorie meal at Moskey Basin to an 1100-Calorie one at Mt Desor. The type of dessert typically drove the Calories of my lunches, especially when nuts of some type were available. The most efficient lunch was along the Feldtmann Lake Trail (much needed on a cool and breezy afternoon), while the least was indisputably my last meal before departing the island at Rock Harbor (where I picked through the scraps of my food bag).

Of the main meals, dinner was the most consistent in Calories, ranging from 476 at South Lake Desor to 970 the day before at Siskiwit Bay, although this was due to the Foster’s beer. As for the most efficient dinner, Moskey Basin was the clear winner, while the one at Siskwit Bay was by far the worst, due again to the heavy Foster’s beer I hauled all the way from Washington Creek two days before.

This information should prove invaluable for planning my next long hike into the backcountry. In the future, a pre-trip analysis of menu should allow me to shore up some of my lighter meals to ensure I provide the proper number of Calories for the effort involved.

Bon appetite!


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