We need to eat…

That’s right, we need to eat, even if we have to carry the food for 5 days.

In 2006 I started my degree in outdoor education, most people who meet me now can’t believe that I could possibly enjoy getting out there and getting dirty. I love to rock climb, and bush walk, they’re my 2 favourite outdoor activities.

So for the school holidays (and my birthday) we decided to go for a hike along the Great Ocean Walk. It’s a walk that was created along the Great Ocean Road about 7 years ago.  The views were stunning!

We had to carry all of our food, tent, clothes, sleeping mats, cook stove etc for the whole time, so you want your pack to be light.

For our wedding one of the gifts we got was a food dehydrator, this makes making our packs light easier.

Breakfast consisted of either muesli with milk powder or dehydrated muesli, except on my birthday morning where J carried in two fresh eggs and some tomatoes and cooked me fried eggs and tomatoes! Delicious.

Lunch was always various combinations of humus, fresh beetroot, spinach, cherry tomatoes, tuna slices, and cheese on garlic and spirulina biscuits.  We also carried cup-a-soups and hard boiled eggs for extra snacks and protein.

For dinner we had different meals every day.  The first night was a tuna casserole (using packet Alfredo noodles, hard boiled eggs, dehydrated peas and chilli tuna).

All the further meals were dehydrated at home and we rehydrated them throughout the day while hiking in 500ml water tight containers.  This meant that we only had to heat the meal at the end of the day.

We had a rehydrated risotto, which I had cooked the week before and it had spent a night in the food dehydrator.  It rehydrated well but burnt when we were heating in and the rice broke up a lot.

Our third meal was Dahl, rehydrated.  We cooked and dehydrated the dahl and the rice separately.  But then rehydrated them seperatly and heated them up together.  The Dahl was spicier than it had been, as flavours tend to get enhanced when the water is taken out.

My birthday dinner, the last night on the hike, was by far the best. Spaghetti bolagnese, dehydrated at home and rehydrated throughout the day again.  It was delicious! We also took along some packet Parmesan cheese.

We also had snacks, 100gm of scroggin (trial mix), and a muesli bar for each day.

The food was delicious but I was definitely ready for something wonderfully greasy, so we stopped for Macca’s on the way home!

If you’d like to read about the adventure, the ins and outs of the Great Ocean Walk, head over to Our Hiking Blog and check out the post I wrote over there.  Some beautiful photos of the amazing views!

Have you ever been hiking? Where did you go? What food did you take?

17 thoughts on “We need to eat…

    1. Definitely not pathetic! There’s tons of people who haven’t been on a hike! Our packs weighed around 16kg. This time I didn’t weigh it before hand because it didn’t feel too bad, but in the past, I’ve weighed ever individual thing that went in, just to figure out where I could cut out some weight.

    1. J’s Dahl is absolutely amazing! I don’t know how he does it but it’s amazing every time! Our packs generally weight about 16kg, but we didnt weigh them before we left.

  1. Good on you for doing the hike. That would have been an amazing experience. And that’s great that you organised and packed all your food. I’m super impressed with your organisational skills! xx

    1. Thanks Charlie, it was heaps of fun. I love being able to get that organised for something! It was really wonderful!

  2. Holy smokes, you guys really ‘roughed’ it. I love that you’re so outdoorsy, wish I could be like that. The hubs wanted to take a camping trip once, nothing too bad just out in the woods w/tent & sleeping bags but he’s never been able to talk me into it. I’m a total sissy when it comes to leaving the comfort of my bed. Glad you guys had fun 🙂

    1. Roughed it, yep, it was tough :). I love getting out and doing something just for me! You should give it a go, just once. Even if you hate it, you’ll be able to say that you’ve done it!

  3. Ok. I am SUPER impressed ! Those meals look delicious.
    And, your comment on my blog….SO true. It’s the morning after the decadent cheese plate with the empty bed that it goes downhill !

    1. The meals were so good, especially after a big hike each day! Wish we’d taken more though! I was super hungry, but that could have been to do with the amount of exercise we were doing!

  4. Wow, I had no idea that there was a great ocean road hike! The last time I had to carry my own pack on a hike was in high school and i vowed to never do it again (I did not enjoy it!), but you made this look like so much fun, I may reconsider my stance 🙂

    1. It’s definitely the weight of your pack that makes the difference. I weigh everything separately and then weigh the total/full pack also. Would love to know if you have another go!

  5. Wow you guys hike in style with some really yummy creations. Beats migoren noodles followed by 2 minute noodles.
    I am planning on doing the Great Ocean Road hike in the next few months. Do you have to cough up the ridiculous camping fees or can they be easily dodged????

    1. We paid the fees. The tricky thing is that there are only 8 campsites at each camp and during the hotter months if you don’t book, you either won’t get a campsite or you’ll be taking one from someone who deserves it. The money goes towards track maintainence and paying for your site.

    1. It was fantastic! I love planning hiking meals and hopefully this year we’ll be going on a planning a lot more.

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