yorksman wrote:Why don't you just put some type of soup/chili in your thermos?
My BC ski partners do this. It's something I will look into for those type of trips, where you can stop below treeline for a while and eat. Plus it's a good way to get more fluids.
Andymcp1 wrote:I cant say I agree with the lard/ butter as a great source for energy. When it is that cold out and being at altitude your body dosent digest as efficiently and therefore the super high fat intake just sits like a lump in your stomach. Your body has to divert blood flow and oxygen to your stomach to digest food, so the longer food sits there the less time it goes to your legs and brain. I like foods with fats in them (nuts) ,but when needing energy quick that can be sustained things like gummy bears, snickers, gels, and hot coco are in my opinion the best. The only time a super high fat food is a good idea is right before bed as it will keep you warm through out the night.
Being on the Paleo diet, I've read enough books that agree with this. High altitude and fat digestion don't get along all that well. It's a great energy source (it's what I run on), but you kinda have to fat-load before the trip to make it work well. Then while hiking I just eat a bunch of carbs like cookies, shot blocks/candy, dried fruit and some nuts. I'll add the hot gatorade in a thermos to the regimen, as I'm bad about drinking in winter.
Bottom line: Eat whatever you WANT to eat while winter hiking, just eat more of it. Since if you are not eating, you're not staying warm. That was one of the first things I learned in my ski mountaineering course in Alaska. They drilled that into us.
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