Aron Snyder's Backcountry Food Plan
The April 2019 Backcountry Fuel Box will include Aron's favorite backpacking foods and drinks, many of which you can find on this list. Subscribe to Backcountry Fuel Box by April 18th to get in on the action. 

A longtime backcountry hunter and high country backpacker, Aron Snyder spends more than 150 days per year sleeping on the ground. When he’s not stalking mule deer or working on Kifaru International's long line of backpacking products, Aron is able to take these opportunities to dial in his backcountry food list. Here is his go-to meal plan for 3-days in the Colorado alpine.

Day 1

Breakfast

Calories

Off Grid Predator Fuel Oatmeal Pack

660

Dark Timber Mt. Baker Mocha Vapor Pack

120

Subtotal

780

Snack 1

 

1 Honey Stinger Original Waffle

150

1 Justin’s Peanut Butter Packet

210

Snack 2

 

1 Handful of Milton's Gluten-Free Crackers

130

Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover

0

Lunch

 

1 Butthole Sandwich (Bacon, Peanut Butter, Honey, on Bagel)

~800

1 Serving of Elevate Pre Workout by Warrior Fuel

0

Subtotal

1290

Snack 3

 

1 Handful of Dried Mangos

160

1 Bobo’s Bar

340

Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover

0

Dinner

 

1 Peak Refuel Chicken Alfredo Meal

690

1 Handful of Milton's Gluten-Free Crackers

130

1 Packet of Olive Oil

120

Subtotal

1440

Day 1 Total

3450

 

Day 2

Breakfast

Calories

1 Off Grid Predator Fuel Oatmeal Pack

660

2 Dark Timber Mt. Baker Mocha Vapor Pack

120

Subtotal

720

Snack 1

 

1 ProBar Superfood Slam

350

Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover

0

Snack 2

 

1 Handful of Dried Mangos

160

Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover

0

Lunch

 

1 Protein Puck

480

1 Justin’s Peanut Butter Packet

210

Serving of Elevate Pre Workout by Warrior Fuel

0

Subtotal

1200

Snack 3

 

1 EPIC Bar

170

1 Cowboy Crickets Cookie

250

Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover

0

Dinner

 

1 Off Grid Food Bison Fajita Bowl

710

1 Handful of Milton's Gluten-Free Crackers

130

1 Packet of Olive Oil

120

Subtotal

1380

Day 2 Total

3300



Day 3

Breakfast

Calories

1 Off Grid Predator Fuel Oatmeal Pack

660

2 Dark Timber Mt. Baker Mocha Vapor Pack

120

Subtotal

720

Snack 1

 

1 ProBar Superfood Slam

350

Snack 2

 

Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover

0

1 Handful of Dried Mangos

160

1 Bobo’s Bar

340

Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover

0

Lunch

 

1 Greenbelly Meal2Go

645

Serving of Elevate Pre Workout by Warrior Fuel

0

Subtotal

1495

Snack 3

 

1 Honey Stinger Original Waffle

150

1 Justin’s Peanut Butter Packet

210

Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover

0

Dinner

 

1 Peak Refuel Beef Pasta Marinara

990

1 Handful of Milton's Gluten-Free Crackers

130

1 Packet of Olive Oil

120

Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover

0

Subtotal

1600

Day 3 Total

3815

BONUS: Frank's List

Frank Peralta, Aron's hunting partner, and fellow Kifaru Int'l employee, is usually sharing the same camp or just a few ridges over looking for high country mule deer in August and September. Since everyone has slightly different tastes, here is a quick look at a day of backcountry food for Frank.

Frank's List

Breakfast

Calories

1 Off Grid Blue Raz Predator Fuel Oatmeal Pack

660

Pedialyte Electrolyte Mix

30

Subtotal

690

Snack 1

 

Pack of Heather's Choice Packaroons

320

Snack 2

 

1 Onnit + Tanka Meat Bar

230

1 Honey Stinger Waffle

150

1 PROBAR Bolt Energy Chews Serving

90

Lunch

 

1 Greenbelly Meal2Go

645

Pedialyte Electrolyte Mix

30

Subtotal

1465

Snack 3

 

Serving of Off Grid Food Jerky

105

1 Packet of Almonds

100

PROBAR Bolt Energy Chews Serving

90

Dinner

 

Humble Foods Meal *Coming Soon*

~800

1 Packet of Olive Oil

120

Pedialyte Electrolyte Mix

30

Subtotal

1245

Frank's Total

3400


If you want more backpack hunting information, you can follow along on most of Aron and Frank's adventures via Instagram @aron_snyder and @tort_life_ on Instagram. 

Also, these guys make high-quality backpacking gear at Kifaru International ranging from backpacks to tents to sleeping bags. Check them out online www.kifaru.net or on social media, @Kifaru_intl on Instagram or @kifaruinternational on Facebook.

  • Mar 26, 2019
  • Category: Learn
  • Comments: 2
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Jeff C April 03, 2019

I’ve never been one to literally count calories but it’s good to see that what I’m including in my meal prep is wry close to what I’m seeing here. Neither Aron nor Frank have ever steered me wrong and I’ve found that while I can be stubborn and what to try it myself sometimes, their guidance is spot on. Somehow I wind up right where they told me in the first place. Great insight into a couple of dudes that cannot be shrugged off. They’re as real as they get.

Pete Johnson April 03, 2019

Do you have an estimate to the weight (pounds/ounces) that equates to per day? The list looks awesome.

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