Menu review: 8-day, 90k hiking trip along the entire length of the La Cloche Silhouette Trail, Killarney Provincial Park

In March I posted the menu for my upcoming 8-day hiking trip at Killarney Provincial Park. My friend Cheryl and I planned to hike the entire La Cloche Silhouette Trail, and prepared all of our food months in advance.

For us the food is an important part of the trip! We enjoy getting together to plan out the menu, and to decide who is going to bring what. Then it’s time to buy what we need, prepare it, get it all together, sort it into meals/days, and put it in the freezer until our trip!

The original post I did on the menu drew lots of feedback. Many people were interested in how it all worked out. I can now tell you that it worked out great!!

At the last minute, Cheryl added 6 or 8 instant coffee packets, as well as 8 electrolyte tablets to add to her water bladder.

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One of many delicious snacks.

Day 1:

We both started our hike with a granola bar in our pocket, one that wasn’t part of our original menu! Consequently, we didn’t eat our bedtime snack. We started a bag of “leftover food”.

Day 2: 

At lunch, we only ate a few of the nuts, as we had enough food without them. We put the nuts into our leftover food bag. We also had a very small amount of bannock left over from lunch (31g, weighed at home), which went into the same bag. That night, my stomach was a little “off”, but Cheryl ate about 1/4 of the 1st night’s bedtime snack. We put day 2’s bedtime snack with the leftovers.

Day 3:

We both felt that there was too much oatmeal for breakfast, but later on we were happy to have eaten it all. We had a tiny bit of cornbread left over at lunch (36g), but ate everything else as planned.

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I forgot to pack dehydrated veggies for this one, which we both felt would have made dinner better! It was the only thing we forgot to pack!

Day 4:

Everything eaten as planned.

Day 5: 

Everything eaten as planned. Poached leftover chocolate treat from a bedtime snack to make “specialty coffee”.

Day 6:

Everything eaten as planned. I had my first night’s bedtime snack as well. Poached leftover chocolate treat from a bedtime snack to make “specialty coffee”.

Day 7:

Everything eaten as planned. Poached leftover chocolate treat from a bedtime snack to make “specialty coffee”.

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One of 7 delicious bedtime snacks!

Day 8:

Added leftover fruit from bedtime snack to apple crisp at breakfast. We arrived at our vehicle with our afternoon snack not yet eaten. We did, however, eat them on the way home!

So in the end, the only thing we didn’t eat was the nuts from lunch on day 2, and Cheryl’s lunchtime gatorade from day 8.

We did wonder, however, whether we should have packed a meal or two extra, in case we were delayed for any reason and had to spend another night. Do you pack extra meals?

Finally, we used about 6 L of water per day, a combination of water that we drank in our water bladders, water used to make gatorade, tea and coffee, and water used to rehydrate or cook our food. With the exception of cooking eggs twice and baking bannock and cornmeal once each, all of our meal preparation involved simply boiling water. We estimated that we used approximately 597 ml of white gas in our MSR Dragonfly stove.

We were happy with all of our meals and snacks! There wasn’t a single one that we wouldn’t want to have again. A few of my favourites were our day 4 dinner (pasta hit the spot!), our day 7 breakfast (apricot granola) and our pizza gorp! Yum!

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4 Responses to Menu review: 8-day, 90k hiking trip along the entire length of the La Cloche Silhouette Trail, Killarney Provincial Park

  1. razkristi says:

    Oh my gosh Kyra, I could never do all the planning and prep you do. I am a lousy planner! I’d be stranded and hungry half way through the trip! Sounds amazing though 🙂

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  2. Did you use any of the cricket and mealworms in your meals

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