Homemade Energy Bars

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Energy bars can really give you a boost in energy when you’re backpacking. Preparing them yourself is easier that you might think. Try these simple recipes to start with - Granola Nut Protein, Honey Trail Mix, Orange.

Five Things You Must do to Save Your Life in the Wilderness

According to the stats, people missing beyond 24 hours have about 50 percent survival rate.  Each additional day drops the chances of survival by 25%.

This is not really a surprise but it’s something you should be aware of so that you’d be more careful in your planning. Always plan for an emergency.

According to Examiner, there are 5 things you must do to increase your chances of survival in the wild:

1. Be aware of weather patterns – You don’t want to go on dangerous hikes on a really bad day.

2. Dress appropriately – Cotton is a big NO-NO.

3. Prepare to hydrate – It’s always great to have your own water even when you’re surrounded by sources.

4. Share your plans – Tell someone you can count on about where you plan to go and when you expect to return. The more details the better.

5. Pack survival essentials – Include water purifier, appropriate clothing, pocket knife, waterproof matches, rain poncho, energy bars, rope and whistle.

Hut-to-Hut Hiking

Here’s what one hut-to-hut hiker has in his fanny pack:

  • Duct tape
  • Aleve
  • Bandages
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra water bottle
  • Antibiotics
  • Batteries
  • Windbreaker/Poncho
  • Plastic bags
  • Medical kit

So what’s missing? Notice there are no camp stoves and pots, sleeping bags, camping mat, tent, and anything beyond energy bars for sustenance. But one has to be prepared in case of emergencies. In the wild, anything can happen.

I’ve done some hut-to-hut camping in Scotland a few years back and find that we don’t always reach our destination on time. There may be diversions, you may have the taken the wrong turn, etc. Two of the 4 days hike we had to camp and we were glad we had the tarp with us.

If you haven’t tried hut-to-hut camping before, go for it. It’s good fun. Check out this article on hut-to-hut hiking on USA today.

  • Day Travel Deals » ‘Hut-to-hut’ hiking offers comfort between … – ‘Hut-to-hut’ hiking offers comfort between daily treks. June 18, 2009 @ 5:00 pm · Filed under Uncategorized. More tour operators are offering walking itineraries between accommodations that range from rustic backcountry huts to deluxe … …
  • Hut Hiking – Budget Travel – … like the cabanes in France, the hütten in Switzerland and Germany, and the rifugios in Italy, which are spread out in the Alps within walking distance of each other–perfect for multi-night hut-to-hut hiking trips. …
  • Alec Harper’s Page – My CoolWorks – After a quick adventure to the White Mountains (N.H.) for some hut-to-hut hiking along the ridgeline (early June)… I will be looking for a “cool” job! I have 11 years in accounting and finance experience followed by another 12 years …

Energy Bar Taste Test

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The problem I have with energy bars is that they don’t taste like actual food even though some do a good job in making the feeling of hunger go away. And energy bars really do give you that energy boost you need if you can eat it.

Backpacker magazine did a taste test Bear Naked’s energy bar to give you an idea how it taste like before you taste them yourself. However, I do recommend that you have a taste yourself because not all taste buds are created equal.

The flavors tested are:

Fruit and Nut
“Whole-grain oats with luscious raisins, cranberries, and hearty pecans and almonds.”
Chocolaty Cherry
“Rich chocolate with cherries, pecans, and almonds for the perfect sweet-tooth fix.”
Tropical Fruit
“Exotic fruits including mango, papaya, pineapple, and coconut.”

Check out the verdict from Backpacker.