No Fuss Hiking Food & Nutrition Talk

Learn how to throw together quick, healthy food to fuel your mountain adventures. In this Q&A video, I go through all the food that we took on a 4-day hiking trip through the Pyrenees. We talk fats, protein carbs and perhaps most importantly sugar!


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  1. Stuart Bowman on December 7, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    I’m interested in how you found resupplying on the GR11, especially on a vegetarian diet. I spent 12 days in Aragon in April last year on the GR1 and in Sierra de Guara and found it difficult.

  2. Gira Nomad on December 7, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Man, I am going hiking and wildcamping soon and I am wildly underprepared I have learned from you videos. Thank God you have this channel! Greetings from holland

  3. Lewis Lister on December 7, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Beef jerky decent snack.

  4. Spacegoat92 on December 7, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I climbed Mt Maroon about 2 months ago and did the cave route and then up the west ridge. I started the day with some rolled oats, then took had a row of Aldi organic dark chocolate just as i started. When we got to the caves i had a mandarin and a muffin and went from there. The whole time i was taking regular sips from my hydration bladder.

    I dunno if you’ve done the cave trail or not, but close to the part where you climb up onto the west ridge there’s a bit of a scrambling part and i konked out. Just had no fuel in the tank. I threw down a muesli bar which didn’t do much. But one of the girls in my group gave me some of her electrolyte tabs, they’re kinda like Berocca tabs. They actually worked pretty fast and i was able to push on. By the time i got onto the west ridge i was pretty well charged up again and was able to make it over to the summit after a quick lunch stop consisting of a ham and cheese croissant. LoL.

    The trip down was no dramas after that. But now i carry a pack of those electrolytes with me on every big hike!

  5. HarvyDanger Films on December 7, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Great ideas. As a vegan, I like a lot of your mix suggestions. I always forget to use a protein powder or meal replacement powder like that. – What are the hiking pants you are usually wearing, like in this video?

  6. Mark Sharman on December 7, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    My GOTO is rolled oats with: sunflower seeds; pumpkin seeds; flax seeds; cashew nuts; hemp and or pea protein powder. Just boil or not some water and mix it up, and shovel it down.

  7. 69treta on December 7, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Loved the thing you said about keeping it natural and simple (about the food). I also follow this philosophy. Greetings from Brazil 🙂

  8. Kev Wills on December 7, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Super glad to hear you don’t drink milk.. and guys. The black joke is not about codfee.

  9. Robert Phillips on December 7, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Had to chuckle a bit at "most hikers aren’t really into ketosis . . ." Actually, if they skip breakfast (or even have some butter in their morning java), every hiker will be "into ketosis" after a few hours on trail!

    If they’re already fat adapted the transition will be smooth and effective. Then, a high protein and somewhat fatty lunch will stoke the engine with no hunger associated with low blood sugar levels. A similar kind of dinner supplies the remaining daily calories. Only half the weight in fat will provide the equivalent calories of a given amount of carbs.

    Becoming fat-adapted is not much of a problem for most healthy people. But unlearning our association of sweets/carbs with reward takes time and practice.

  10. doroteea zorici on December 7, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    The black and blue dark chocolate with sea salt is the one from carrefour?

  11. Dr Deadbeat on December 7, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Great video and amazing views!
    You forgot to bring alcohol though

  12. Jerrymc1975 on December 7, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Eating bagels are simple carbs that make you want to eat more. It becomes a vicious cycle eating simple carbs on the trail.

  13. toonses thecat on December 7, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Give Happy Yak meals a try …. Canadian eh …. very delicious too

  14. Eddy Mattar on December 7, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Your videos are awesome dude keep em coming

  15. Charles Meyer on December 7, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    I eat peanut butter bagels when I hike.

  16. Ben Nevis on December 7, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    I want to see you eating on Mont Blanc lol

  17. Snowman on December 7, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    2:10 died a little inside when he said "granola" instead of musli 🙁

  18. sky blue on December 7, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    mandarin oranges……my dog likes them, too………………………xxx

  19. Kiwi Backpacker on December 7, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Glad you posted this vid. Really enjoyed it and that Australian mate is funny.
    I keep it simple by eating the same thing everyday on the hike.
    Breakfast- packet of instant oats with some freeze dried raspberries thrown in. Forget about the milk, it tastes good without it. Cup of hot chocolate. Morning and afternoon snack is a good sized bag of dehydrated canned fruit, bag of nuts, 6-10 peanut butter fooze balls.
    Lunch-a few large spinach wraps with a container like you have that I have put premixed honey and peanut butter in. Block of brie cheese.
    Dinner- different flavours of dehydrated chickpea stews i make myself. ( My ones are superfast to make) washed down with a very large quantity of port or red wine.
    Weight = 600g excluding the grog.

  20. Pete Hikensail on December 7, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Food for the Sole. Great little company out of Oregon, mother, and son. The food is tasty and clean.

  21. eXplorer on December 7, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Cool channel!

  22. C.P. Edwards on December 7, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Love your vids as always, Chase and awesome to hear you’re a fellow veg-friendly eater! My fave camping meal: cous-cous with dehydrated veggies- I get the cous-cous box, put it in a ziploc with the flavor packet. I also like to pack black bean flakes and instant mashed potatoes for a killer filling and tasty meal. Both are cheap and easy and can be soaked, but I prefer to cook my veggies and beans a bit. Also, I have found individual packets of coconut oil which enhance flavor and give some good fats to my meals.

  23. Abel Núñez-Guerrero on December 7, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    “All natural” gummy bears 🐻 😄 that’s nice!!!

  24. Robin Maguire on December 7, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    I’m not affiliated in any way with the lady who wrote this book, but there are a lot of recipes I use; and it doesn’t involve home dehydrating (even though I do make dehydrated meals to take!).
    You need variety in your meals to keep them interesting.

  25. Ray Lamascus on December 7, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Love this information

  26. Michael Hughes on December 7, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Having refugios is not a wilderness experience.

  27. GregoryDPhotos on December 7, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Thats basicly what I eat at home on a daily basis hehe so easy to make and tasty as well. Well bacon and egg as well but thats another story since its easy to cook it here but for outdoor I would take the same for sure plus a jar of peanut butter and mayne some more dry fruits etc. Great stuff man 😉

  28. tseawell90 on December 7, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Great video! I’ve found that with some mountain house meals I prefer less water than whats recommend.

  29. Will It Ascend? on December 7, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Where do you find those "go tubs" you referred to? Despite hiking up fast food for fun in my Yeti, I’m also into backpacking and I’m always looking for ways to pack lighter. I also never thought of using protein powder. I’ll give that a try.

  30. Libolt Adventures on December 7, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Awesome stuff.

  31. scott ward on December 7, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Highly enjoyable watch. I do the fresh fruit/first day deal too.

  32. mr. Shannon on December 7, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Cheap and simple. I munch on quality jerky and gummy bears all day, then roman noodles with powdered eggs, maby an MRE or freez dryed meal (they taste like s**t, but do the job really well). Instant coffee with a packet of hot chocolate mix. Another noodle pack for breakfast. Goid to go. All thats required. I am not a nutrition freak, barely adequate, or slightly inadequate works great for me in the short term (a few days). And its worth the sacrifice for me.

  33. Raphael Krag on December 7, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    You can easily dry your own vegetables using heat. Either an oven turned to max. 50° C, or buy a dehydrator (pretty cheap these days, you’ll get one for under 30 bucks). It does take a long time to prepare enough food for, say five days of hiking, though. So i just made a habbit out of dehydrating and stockpiling veggies. See some cheap seasonal veggies or fruits? Buy a bunch and dehydrate them. Stores forever. When planning for a trip, i simply pick and choose. During the upcomming trip through the dolomites I’m gonna cook real curry with rice, capsicum, spring onions, courgettes, broccoli and mushrooms. Home made, heat-dried sweet-potatoe chips are by the way an awesome alternative to bread. The calory density is very comparable, and it is almost completely carbohydrates. Very tasty as well.
    Oh, and on the plus side you save all that trash from the packaging of store-bought freeze-dried meals. I will say though that heat-dried food probably won’t cook as fast as freeze-dried stuff, which might be an issue on high-profile tours.

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