Food Planning for the JMT

Backpacking food

I’m going to use the calculation as suggested by Mike Clelland in his book Ultralight Backpackin’ Tips of 1.4 pounds of food per person per day for the first ten days of the trip and then 1.75 pounds of food per person per day for the last ten days of the trip. Also, this assumes the selection of foods that average 125 cal/oz.

Days 1-3
2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts = 2 @1.4 ppppd [2800 Cal per day] = 2.8 ppp =
5.6 lbs total

Re-supply at Tuolumne Meadows. Eat lunch and dinner at Tuolumne Meadows on Day 3; Eat breakfast at Tuolomne Meadows on morning of Day 4

Day 4-6
3 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts = 2.3@1.4 ppppd [2800 Cal per day] = 3.22 ppp =
6.5 lbs total

Eat dinner at Red’s Meadow. Take a zero day at Red’s Meadow eat at their grill. Eat breakfast at grill the morning leaving Reds Meadow.

Day 8-11
4 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts = 3.2 @1.4 ppppd [2800 Cal per day] = 4.6 ppp =
9.2 lbs total

Re-supply at Muir Trail Ranch on Day 10. No meal service available at MTR.

Days 12-19
8 lunches, 8 dinners, 8 breakfasts = 8 @1.75 ppppd [3500 Cal per day] = 14 ppp =
28 lbs total

This assumes no resupply at Independence and one really long-mile day. I’m going to assume that we will need to send this ahead in two 5 gallon buckets. We might consider also having only one bear canister at the beginning of the trip and adding an additional bear canister for the last leg of the trip.

Lightweight backpacking food resources: