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Food for the duration?
« on: January 13, 2010, 06:33:25 pm »
I just got off the phone with HR requesting some ...time off...  crossing the fingers that the boss approves... so might as well start the theorizing in hopes for the best.

The few walls i've done have been 4 to 5 day affairs and so eating cold ravioli 5 nights in a row is 'do-able'.  Now, thinking of being on the wall for quite a bit longer and the Cab-Sav-n-Rav theory really isn't in the cards.   If there is one thing i don't like, it's shopping and prepping for food on a climb.  i don't cook at home, how am i supposed to know what to do on a wall?

What are some food ideas and systems you guys use that last for ...say...2 weeks on a wall?

thanks!
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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2010, 06:59:58 pm »
neutrons? strawberry (not the fig, yuck, but I will if I have too)

pop tarts?  (terrible energy but tasty)

beers (naturally)

um, mini bagels, not quite as onerous as the big ones if you just can't do a whole one.

salami sticks. I've kept one going on backpack for a week. Just don't roll the paper all the way down and cut off the last bit that was exposed if it looks nasty. (dry salami)

preservative cheese?  cheesey whiz type stuff. 

um, that's all I got for now...

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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2010, 07:46:29 pm »
a whole head of garlic (seriously). Keeps great, loaded with goodness, keeps things lively oh, yeah.
a monstroso bag of jerky rules!
Neutrons are good, too, as Munge was sayin'(typin'?). There are several different ones.
I run a bucket, usually, so I'll stuff a bunch of fruit in, just oranges & apples, mostly. It's several days of fruity goodness, man.
From there, I try to get inventive with soups, tuna, bagels & such.
How's that, for starters?
« Last Edit: January 13, 2010, 07:49:51 pm by skully »

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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2010, 08:52:27 pm »
Yellow Curry Tuna packets with a bag of pre-cooked brown rice is kick ass.

Dinty Moore was great on the first wall I took it on, but I can barely gag the stuff down ever since.

Fresh fruit, apples and oranges, work wonders for morale after gagging down the canned calories.

Campbell's make some large sized cans of good stuff.  I particularlly like their Chunky rigatoni with meatballs, 3x more edible than the chef-boy-arde equivalent.
« Last Edit: January 14, 2010, 08:15:19 am by Garbonzo »

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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2010, 09:14:53 pm »
That's one thing(besides better gear) that our Modern Age has blessed us with.
The Packaged Food choices, nowadays, are really good.
Use your imagination. Seriously. Lots of choice vittles to choose from.

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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2010, 09:29:13 pm »
I'll second skully's recommendation for a food bucket - anything not beaten to crumbs is gourmet on a wall  :)
Here's notes if you're not feeling imaginative:   http://www.climbing.com/print/techtips/ttbigwall215/ 

You can find decent cheeses in the single-stick shrinkwrap now, those are nice.  I like canned soups with good bread to dunk for dinner.

Beer is heavy if you're out for a long time, I like to supplement with whiskey for after dinner sipping.

Variety is key, if you get sick of eating what you have you won't eat enough, and that way lies sadness...

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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2010, 10:23:59 pm »
Weigh in once you're down. That'll cheer you up, eh?
WooHoo! I lost 14 pounds! This bigwall diet is grueling(arrrggh), but it works!And once you're down, you can eat EVERYTHING in sight. Just get back up there & burn it off again, muy pronto!
« Last Edit: January 13, 2010, 10:25:53 pm by skully »

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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2010, 07:45:38 am »
i'm a buck fifty soaking wet... not exactly looking for a diet. 

i like this bucket idea, the thought of 'new looking' food as opposed to CRUSHED food does sound like a morale booster.

man, i miss those yellow curry tuna packets.  the trader joes here stopped carrying them.


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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2010, 08:10:46 am »
offbro,

I'm not into cooking in real life either. On the wall I just want food that makes me want to eat and provides some comfort, and I don't want to fuck around too much to get it.

I think a JetBoil is worth taking up any time of year on the long jobs. In two weeks you will have more down time; hopefully take a day off. You'll be stoked to treat yourself to hot beverages and food in exchange for the extra hauling. Yes, it does require a tad more water, but you still consume it all.

The JB doesn't create a new dimension of housekeeping chores as much as it opens up a few easy options for food and beverage that taste good. I never put food directly in it on the wall. I've gone up without a stove a bunch, but now (JB) things are different. The thing is so light, small and miserly that there's almost no reason not to take one. Trader Joe's pretty much covers the food items except the Top Ramen, Powerade, Doubleshots and Chef Boy Am I Hungry (edit: and canned fruit).

Top Ramen
Great base for many options. By itself, w/ cheese (cheddar, cream cheese), tuna or salmon pouch or can, TJ's Indian entrees (the lentil ones are our picks), beans, chili. Almost nything tastes good mixed in. I've had cheddar blocks that have lasted well over a week without molding.

Soup
Many instant varieties which include a minimal serving container.

Heat up (or take the cold edge off) your fave canned foods in the hot water, just drop the can in the JB about a third full while you do something else for a few minutes. Just hot, not boiling, water. The usual CBAIH, chili, hearty stews and soups, veggies, pork-style & other beans, etc.

Coffee/cocoa/tea (with powdered milk). I bring a cone/filters and ground coffee and put the used filters/grounds in a spent Powerade bottle that lives in the coffee kit.

I almost always bring pizza and put it on the front line. That and beer gets used up first, then canned food and distilled spirits. Breaks up monotony.

Bread-y stuff like bagels (ones w/ preservatives), sour dough rolls (they last forever), round bread, baguettes, etc.

I like canned fruit in the AM with half a bagel, granola or somesuch.

Snag tons of condiment packs, they make all the bready stuff good.

I always bring a stash of Powerade quarts and slam one in the afternoon. It's like food that hydrates. Then I have a fresh pee bottle every night.


I've never run a food bucket but can see the utility. I usually bring Woven Wheats (TJ's Triscuits) and they don't seem to suffer too hard. I just don't bring a lot of fragile food. Each to his own.
« Last Edit: January 15, 2010, 02:50:50 pm by Mike. »
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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2010, 02:45:47 pm »
I usually go for granola w/ powdered milk or bagels and nutella in the morning, or canned fruit--the little plastic ones weigh less.

Daytime is various bars, gels, trail mix, jerky or salami, cheese, basically I have snack food all day to keep energy, the king sized snickers bars are my favorite.

Dinner, mix it up for sure. I highly recommend taking a stove also (I got to have a hot drink in the morning, usually many), i've been using a pocket rock or similar canister stove held in my shoe (not the best or most convenient but it gets the job done, i need that JB system). Chicken burritos (from Lambone): the flavored "Sunkist" chicken packets (or tuna), cheese, mayo, hot sauce....i've been adding hard boiled eggs in there. Loaf of good bread, salami, cheese. The pre-cooked rice packets.

Sweets, don't forget stuff like, sour candies, gummies, chocolate, etc., sure is a nice treat up there....and Cobra or OE.

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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2010, 03:12:51 pm »
Miwok sold me on the Jetboil hanging stove system.


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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2010, 08:17:21 am »
"chef boy i am hungry".... bwaa hahahahaha... 

jet boil w/ hang kit - sussed!!



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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2010, 09:52:48 am »
Gummy candies like those orange slices coated with sugar are awesome between official meals and sometmes work as sit-down dinners.  And canned fruit.  Can never have enough canned peaches or pineapple in light syrup.  I also love pudding cups on walls.  Like manna from somewhere....

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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2010, 10:28:51 am »
yup.. i'm a fan of all that garbage candy stuff for tweeners...  big favorite are fruit roll rurps. 

main question was for dinners and morale boosting food that magically doesn't spoil after a long time. 

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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2010, 02:56:35 pm »
"Chef Boy..." stolen from Thrasher Magazine = )

JB fuel consumption reference: Partner and I used up less than 2 small cans in 9 days, brewing every morning and evening and taking a day off in Feb on EC SE face. I buy the Snow Peak fuel cuz it's cheaper than the JB fuel. No issues there.

You'll be living large with a JB...nice move, bob.

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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2010, 06:15:02 am »
While I know they have gotten a bad rep, my partner and I have found that the new MRE's work great for wall food. You get about the same variety as with cans, plus the built in heater. The pouches that they come in weight nothing and roll up nicely when you're done. So it's very little trash to haul off. That being said, we discard much of the packaging before we pack up. I think about half of the bulk of those things is cardboard and waste. The menu selections are not too bad anymore, and it's nice even in the summer to get a hot meal at the end of the day.

We still suppliment with power bars, hard candy, cookies and plenty of beer. The downside is cost however, 12 meals costs about $80. Of course if you eat the cheese you won't need your poop tube. Just an option, take it as you will. If you are interested, this is where I order mine;  mredepot.com
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« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2010, 11:35:38 am »
I think Trader Joes is your best friend for appatizing wall food.  A stove with a lightweight pot doesn't weigh much (I just got this Hard Anodized Aluminum one, you can make anything in it, let it dry out, and it just wipes clean, amazing!).

For dinner I normally go this route, all wrapped up in a tortilla:

Multigrain Pilaf
Tasty bite
Salmon packet
cheese

those things together are enough for two hungry wall rats, follow it with a snickers bar a beer or two and water and you will be good to go.

Breakfast is more difficult, but I recently got a hard plastic 6 egg carrier, its awesome, if you tear up the carton you can pack the eggs and they don't break at all!  Stuff some avocados into a cut in half water bottle or tupperware (a little heavier but a lot more durable) and you can have this all wrapped in a tortilla for breakfast add a 'Roast Beef and Hash' packet and you are a king among mere men..

Roast beef + Hash packet
2x Eggs
avocado
cheese
optional: salami

You are now full and psyched.  It takes a little longer to make breakfast in the morning, but who cares, climb a little faster to make up for it!

Durring the days I never get hungry, but force myself to eat some bars, salami, cheese, trailmix, dehydrated bananas whatever seems appetizing and I can shove in my face..


As per the OP, I think most (all) of this food will last the duration, with the exception of the avocados, I suppose.  I try to eat like a king when on the wall, food makes me happy.

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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2010, 11:44:54 am »
effin' rad beta!

even more effin' rad is that i just got my leave approved...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

here's to a couple months in the valley this year!




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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2010, 02:32:52 pm »






Food for 5 days.  It all fit perfectly into the storage container.  Simple, crushproof, safe.  The dehydrated meals were great for dinner always a new taste, different flavors so we did not get sick of eating any of it.  Jetboil did a great job for hot water for coffee, oatmeal and dinner.  Only downside was that we needed to carry and extra 2 gals. (16lbs) of water. 

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« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2010, 02:36:45 pm »
I want to do a Wall with the HoiPolloi.
Sounds like he eats like a King!

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« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2010, 03:24:37 pm »






Food for 5 days.  It all fit perfectly into the storage container.  Simple, crushproof, safe.  The dehydrated meals were great for dinner always a new taste, different flavors so we did not get sick of eating any of it.  Jetboil did a great job for hot water for coffee, oatmeal and dinner.  Only downside was that we needed to carry and extra 2 gals. (16lbs) of water. 

-n

reminds me of the video with brutus, instead of water is life  "food is life" hahaha

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Re: Food for the duration?
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2010, 03:47:57 pm »
Wow, choice vittles. I'm getting hungry.


Congrats, offbob. We'll see you at the sharp end of the circuit this year, eh? Stay healthy!
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