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    How many days food have you carried without re-supply

    For us l, we carried 8 days of food on the OLT which I always thought would be about the max.

    Hiked with a couple over the weekend and last year they did a 21 day hike across the Kimberley without food drops or re-supply. 21 days of food plus gear phew. Her pack was just on 20kg and I cannot remember what his was.

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    Wow! I used to hike a lot when I was younger and 8 days was my maximum too. Did that twice, but I couldn’t hike 8 hours now, much less 8 days... 😞
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    7 days max for me for Tassie Overland Track. Many times 4 or 5 days supplies.

    I like to keep my pack to under 17kg's (should'nt be any more than 20% of your body weight). This includes my chair these days. We dehydrate and vac pack our own meals most of the time and supplement with Back Country meals or equivalent.
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    If you fish and or hunt you can supliment your supplies by a very large margin.
    You can also eat the bush tucker available But in my own experiance even though you can survive on it bush tucker usually tastes like crap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trout1105 View Post
    But in my own experiance even though you can survive on it bush tucker usually tastes like crap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by numpty View Post
    7 days max for me for Tassie Overland Track. Many times 4 or 5 days supplies.

    I like to keep my pack to under 17kg's (should'nt be any more than 20% of your body weight). This includes my chair these days. We dehydrate and vac pack our own meals most of the time and supplement with Back Country meals or equivalent.
    Good point on the percentage of body weight....

    We need to work on base weight....

    Oh and starting to research dehydrated.....and suggestions??

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    The dehydrated stuff back in the days I needed it was bloody aweful, but very limited selection so you put up with it. I'd like to hope things may have improved in this space in the last 25 to 30 years. And I'm starting to feel old as Dad only had a scale in pounds, so I kept my pack under 40Lb back then, although on short 1 or 2 night practice hikes I used to take friends on I would load up with all sorts of goodies...
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    Hi,
    I did 10 days through the Western Arthurs in 1980, that was a load I wasn't game to weigh.
    We did cheat a bit by stashing some goodies and a raft at Craycroft Crossing, so did the last day out on the Huon River rather than the Yo Yo Track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homestar View Post
    The dehydrated stuff back in the days I needed it was bloody aweful, but very limited selection so you put up with it. I'd like to hope things may have improved in this space in the last 25 to 30 years. And I'm starting to feel old as Dad only had a scale in pounds, so I kept my pack under 40Lb back then, although on short 1 or 2 night practice hikes I used to take friends on I would load up with all sorts of goodies...
    Pretty much the same experience with me too.

    "Back in the day", ........................ when I was a lot younger, fitter and invincible I hiked through Cradle Mountain Nat Park, Waldheim to Derwent Bridge carrying everything for a 9 day journey. H frame packs were 'newish' and only for the well heeled so the basic Flinders rangers A frame was common. No freeze dried tucker in 1969. I still have nightmares about Rosella Farmhouse Stew and Rice-a Riso. Primus Shellite stoves, ex army hexamite and the 'new' Meta solid fuel stoves were pretty common. I've no idea what my pack weighed but it was very heavy. For the last two days I carried a mates pack backwards across my chest as he'd injured himself and had enough trouble keeping up as it was.

    Many years later my daughter was preparing for her Duke of Edinburgh award which entailed some serious bushwalking/hiking and I decided to get good gear instead of the old army surplus gear I started with so one Saturday morning made a trip into Melbourne to visit the 'hiking gear' shops in Little Bourke St. Well, I was like a kid in a lolly shop, I couldn't believe the huge range of freeze dried food and quality gear available and that was 25 years ago, so probably improved by a similar margin again. $1000 later with MacPac, boots, Trangia and other assorted goodies my daughter was on her way. This was a hell of a lot of money for us at the time but was well spent as it gave her the best opportunity to get a feel for bush walking without the negative experience of poor equipment.


    IMO the real issue isn't how much food you can carry but the availability of potable water that determines how long you can last when 'living off your back'.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DeanoH View Post
    Pretty much the same experience with me too.

    "Back in the day", ........................ when I was a lot younger, fitter and invincible I hiked through Cradle Mountain Nat Park, Waldheim to Derwent Bridge carrying everything for a 9 day journey. H frame packs were 'newish' and only for the well heeled so the basic Flinders rangers A frame was common. No freeze dried tucker in 1969. I still have nightmares about Rosella Farmhouse Stew and Rice-a Riso. Primus Shellite stoves, ex army hexamite and the 'new' Meta solid fuel stoves were pretty common. I've no idea what my pack weighed but it was very heavy. For the last two days I carried a mates pack backwards across my chest as he'd injured himself and had enough trouble keeping up as it was.

    Many years later my daughter was preparing for her Duke of Edinburgh award which entailed some serious bushwalking/hiking and I decided to get good gear instead of the old army surplus gear I started with so one Saturday morning made a trip into Melbourne to visit the 'hiking gear' shops in Little Bourke St. Well, I was like a kid in a lolly shop, I couldn't believe the huge range of freeze dried food and quality gear available and that was 25 years ago, so probably improved by a similar margin again. $1000 later with MacPac, boots, Trangia and other assorted goodies my daughter was on her way. This was a hell of a lot of money for us at the time but was well spent as it gave her the best opportunity to get a feel for bush walking without the negative experience of poor equipment.


    IMO the real issue isn't how much food you can carry but the availability of potable water that determines how long you can last when 'living off your back'.


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    Exactly Deano and you're correct in your assumption that gear has improved again. We went through the business of sourcing new gear a couple of years ago in preparation for New Zealand walks. My new pack is 1.4 kg lighter than my old Macpac and sleeping bag about 800 grams lighter. Of course I've added 900 grams with the chair, but I couldn't do without that now.
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