I am an avid backcountry hunter. I usually hunt motorless wilderness areas 7-15 miles from the road. I have been strict paleo for 9 months. I went on paleo to lose some weight and feel better but I may have stumbled onto the best diet for backcountry backpackers and hunters.
For anyone that has carried a pack into the wilderness they know, weight rules. I have managed to cut my 5 day pack down to 36 pounds including my rifle/scope, clothing, supplies, food and enough water for several miles of walking until I can refill.
I was just looking over my food spreadsheet. It is important to get a suitable amount of calories and fat but also you don't want to be carrying around any extra weight. There is a general saying that you should be getting 100 calories per ounce in your backpack food.
My last trip my average day rations were 17 ounces (packed) and were 2200 calories and 149 grams of fat. That is almost 130 calories per ounce with a lot of good saturated and mono-unsaturated fat.
Any other avid wilderness adventurers measure out their food the same way?
asked byboisegrok (135)
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on February 21, 2012
at 07:41 PM
I think it's ideal - once you're fat adapted. Technically you have have enough body fat to burn for a couple of days without issue, so you wouldn't NEED food. Of course that's an extreme case, but you won't get that no-sugar brain fog if you do get stranded without food.
But realistically, it's easy to backback eating only paleo. Jerky is light, pemmican is great (well not great tasting, but very energy dense), a jar of coconut butter will fuel you for days.
Plus, when you metabolize fat, it brings along it's own water needed for the metabolism. With carbs, you need to supply the water molecule. Basically that means your hydration requirements are much lower when burning fat, which means carrying less water with you.