Long Distance Backpacking--Any Celiacs Going Long Miles?
Posted 16 July 2011 - 10:26 AM
Any food suggestions for me? This is a 5 month hike and will require a LOT of food. Most of it will have to be shipped to post offices along the way as I won't be able to find gluten-free options in small towns.
Also, I'm interested in whether anyone with celiac disease has hiked one of the long trails. I did read the blog of the "Breadless Horseman" who did the AT a few years ago--but his Mom put together all his food. I think literally dehydrated and constructed each meal. I don't have time for this. It would take me a month just to put food in little baggies! (Though I definitely am willing to do some food assembly--I do like some good tasting food).
I'm interested in whether there was any different physiological effects hiking the trail with celiac disease... I think if your gut is healthy (mine is finally), it shouldn't be that different than anyone else doing it, but don't know as I haven't done a long trail with celiac disease yet.
Posted 16 July 2011 - 08:28 PM
When I backpack, I make and dehydrate much of my own food - it doesn't actually take as long as you'd think, but you would want to be doing it over the course of the winter.
You probably want to look into freeze dried options (especially for fruits/veggies) as they are both much lighter and tastier than the dried versions (though, also more expensive).
You may want to just try to keep some oil (like olive oil, that would work in a lot of different dishes) in your caches for very high energy density "food". Peanut butter is also a good choice, and you could always fill a re-useable tube with small amounts in each cache.
Even without a dehydrator, you may find it worthwhile to consider trying to dehydrate some gluten-free grains - they'll cook quickly (or even without cooking, just soak in water while you hike - I'm a big fan of 'freezer bag cooking' for my backpacking trips). Ditto with beans. (Dehydrated chili reconstitutes really well!) And also eggs (which also makes a good dense energy source, and a tasty breakfast when combined with potatoes).
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Posted 28 August 2011 - 02:30 PM
Do you like pemmican? What do you think about making hardtack with gluten-free grains?
Do you have a feel for how many calories you need each day?
Posted 29 August 2011 - 11:42 AM
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Posted 30 October 2011 - 07:40 AM
I went with IMG - a FANTASTIC guiding service! They provide your breakfast and dinner. Looking back it was very carb and gluten heavy. They will however do their best to accommodate any dietary restrictions.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:00 PM
Hope you have a great hike!
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