I am often asked about the meals I take on trail with me. Here are a couple of my favorite homemade meals for backpacking.
Hiking feels good and right with evidence of becoming a better me, like when I write. The science proves it.
We get sidetracked by things that don’t matter. Set our path upon the road of things not soon forgotten.
I think about the “what ifs” as I recall those events that seemed meaningless at the time but realize now that they were pivotal to where I am today.
As each year draws to an end and the new one approaches, I inevitably find myself reflecting on the past year and doing some planning for the next.
A recent trip to Croatia was another lesson in presence, living in the moment, and appreciating the blessing and importance of our place in the world.
The fullness of a completed task is the reward. It consumes all the hardship and doubt experienced along the way. It owns the moment. So, hike on and do the hard thing. It's worth it.
Now with the Collegiate East and West Routes! Take a journey of a life-time with David Ashley (David on Earth) along one of the most beautiful trails in the world - the Colorado Trail. Learn how a strong sense of purpose can push anyone to achieve accomplishments beyond their expectations, overcoming difficult odds, and breaking through personal boundaries. David takes you from his childhood through a string of circumstances that brought him to the southern terminus, facing 500 miles of Colorado back country wilderness, experiencing the beauty and often unforgiving and relentless terrain. The book is illustrated with hundreds of photographs, paired with a day-by-day account of life on the trail. A gear list, some Q&A, and lessons learned are also included. This makes for a great preparation source for those planning to hike this trail. THIS IS THE PDF VERSION. The PRINTED and E-BOOK versions can be found on Amazon by searching: "Purpose on the Colorado Trail"
With an astonishing 38% growth of the plant-based (meatless) food industry over the past couple years, it is only a matter of time before trail food suppliers start offering more accommodating choices. Until then, David addresses the topic head-on with thorough research and a practical approach. But this book is not just for a those who are on a meatless diet. It is an excellent educational resource for good eating on the trail - for almost any diet. Backpacking long distance trails quickly depletes energy sources and can cause major disruptions to performance and general health status - both mental and physical. Discover why this happens and how to replenish the body to take full advantage of time in nature. The book contains easy to prepare, great tasting meal recipes with on and off trail preparation steps. Ingredients are labeled with key nutritional information to help the reader understand the contribution of each toward full daily recovery and health maintenance. It also contains recipe options for hot cooking, cold soaking, and raw preparation styles. If the goal is to maintain optimal performance levels throughout the day and enjoyment at mealtime, this book is a must read. Available here only in PDF Format. eBook formats and print copies can be purchased on Amazon - https://amzn.to/30JZexr