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AcesHigh
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Chilliwack, BC
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 Posted - 09/15/2006 :  02:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply to this posting
Anyone here know what would be the best possible breakfast before a hike? What would give me the most energy?

I need all the energy I can get...
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The Hiker
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 Posted - 09/15/2006 :  04:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Micky Dee's BLT Bagel, hash Browns , and a large Starbucks Coffee.
Note this is high in salt (1300 grms) which will help you retain water.

Really you can't go wrong with bacon & eggs & pancakes. Lots of protein, fat, and carbs. It may seen a bit heavy for the first hour but after that I find I'm good till around 4 hr.

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brucew
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 Posted - 09/15/2006 :  06:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I on the other hand eat a mix of:
1 cup of slow oatmeal
1/3 cup of slivered almonds
a handful of currents
a smaller handful of chocolate chips
some small chips of candied ginger
and 2 cups of milk.
eaten cold as in not cooked and this lasts me till 3 pm from 6 am when I eat breke. I haven't any idea of nutrient values but it works for me.
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OK Jack
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 Posted - 09/15/2006 :  06:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't eat breakfast...

I have masses of energy...

Baddoc48
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 Posted - 09/15/2006 :  06:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's those magic mushrooms

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OK Jack
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 Posted - 09/15/2006 :  07:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah... and I do them at night...

wilderness_seeker
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 Posted - 09/15/2006 :  09:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The idea of eating when I first get up makes me feel sick, but if I'm hiking I force down some oatmeal with a bit of milk, a banana, and maybe some kind of egg thing picked up on the way. This seems to be the combo that works for me. Oh and coffee...very important!

electrolux
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 Posted - 09/15/2006 :  09:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Most important is plenty of beer the night before - carbo loading. Seriously, as long as you drink enough water to avoid dehydration it works.
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minou
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 Posted - 09/15/2006 :  10:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If on time, I have oatmeal with trail mix stirred in,
but usually it's Tim's 12 grain bagel toasted with cream cheese and coffee mmmmm

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Backroader
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 Posted - 09/15/2006 :  10:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just go with Darrenbell; he'll feed ya real good...

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MJB
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 Posted - 09/15/2006 :  10:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bagel, yogurt, and a fried egg with melted cheese.
Lot's of tea, no sugar.

I think the important thing is not to start the hike like it's a sprint. A poor warmup will make any breakfast feel like lead in the gut.
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freak
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 Posted - 09/15/2006 :  10:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Maybe the question should be - what do you eat after breakfast? I agree with some of the above posters in that I can't stomach a huge breakfast when I'm on the mountain, trail, etc. Nor do I have oodles of food with me, and what I do have is not always so appealing after a few days of eating it. So I really rely on constant munching throughout the day to keep me going. I'm not much of a cook-at-home kind of guy, so I have to rely on pre-packaged energy bars and gels, trail mix, cookies, energy drinks, etc., etc. Anything to keep the calories coming all day long.
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AcesHigh
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 Posted - 09/16/2006 :  07:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I normally don't eat breakfast. But because of the slesse hiking trip today I had to fuel up...

Conclusion:
Mcdonalds, Sausage n Egg Mcmuffin, Hot Cakes & Sausage, Orange Juice.

Thanks guys for your healthy food ideas, maybe next time...

Bavarian Raven
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 Posted - 09/16/2006 :  08:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good old thick oatmeal with a load of brown sugar...

Seegs
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 Posted - 09/16/2006 :  2:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Eggs With Lots of Hot Sauce and a Ice Cold Beer

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Jeffster
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 Posted - 09/16/2006 :  2:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oatmeal with a small handfull of fresh rasberies thrown in. The flavour goes right through it.

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time2clmb
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 Posted - 09/16/2006 :  3:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oatmeal is blech. I can't go near the stuff after eating it every morning on an 8 day mountaineering trip. Just hearing the word makes me shudder.

2 words for the best breakfast. Eggs benedict. YUUUUUUMMMMMMM!
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Dru
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 Posted - 09/16/2006 :  4:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I go through many different breakfast choices over a year.

For ice climbing or snowshoeing, where you will be mostly slow moving and cold all day, the best choice is something high in calories and fat. The old "Loggers Breakfast" of three bacon, three sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes and hashbrowns.

For general hiking, where you will be warmer and moving faster, you want something high in complex carbohydrates, low in fat and ideally something that will hydrate you. Oatmeal porridge, frozen waffles, granola with fruit and yoghurt, cereal with milk and raisins, something like that - and a big glass of orange juice or some cups of green tea.

If you can;t stomach any of that or if you wake up at 6 and your ride is arriving at 6:15 then rice pudding (Kozy Crack) or leftover pizza from last night, or a banana, anything you've got laying around basically.

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Edited by - Dru on 09/16/2006 4:11 PM
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Dru
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 Posted - 09/16/2006 :  4:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just a mountain grammar note to everyone - oatmeal is a substance. Porridge or gruel is what you make with it. You wouldn't call bread "flour" would you?

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SnowSeeker
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 Posted - 09/16/2006 :  4:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, you guys make this sound very complex. I feel intimidated...

I eat what's in my fridge or pantry. Cereal, fruit, oatmeal, toats, whatever. And if there's nothing in my fridge then I sometimes find myself eating a sausage and egg McMuffin or one of those White Spot breakfast sandwiches. But I have to say the best breakfast sandwiches are from Galileo's Coffee House at Britannia Beach. They use real cheese and it tastes so much better!

Shadee
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 Posted - 09/16/2006 :  4:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Backroader

Just go with Darrenbell; he'll feed ya real good...

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I'll second that - though never did manage to get him to bring my brekky to my tent!

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