The crews, having experienced a massive learning curve during their first couple of days in their new home, are probably beginning to settle in and work a little more efficiently. During the first few days of the trip it generally takes crews four hours to get up, make breakfast, and get out of camp in the morning. By the end of the trip they will be doing all of that in much less time.

a happy chef

You might be wondering what the hikers are eating. We have them cook their own meals, and encourage each sophomore to take at least a few turns in the kitchen working with the stoves and the food. Our coleaders and adult instructors spent hours pre-packaging the meals, so that a Refried Beans and Tortillas dinner, for instance, would come in a ziploc bag containing the recipe, and also the correct amounts of dehydrated beans, dehydrated onions, rice, tomato powder, dehydrated vegetable protein, and finally directions to grab cheese, butter, tortillas, and spices (chili powder, hot sauce, pepper, and salt) from the extensive spice kit they carry. The hikers try each recipe at least twice.

A few of our hikers have dietary restrictions that we are careful to respect. We purchase separate sources of fat and protein for students with nut allergies, and are careful to have gluten-free pastas, tortillas, and crackers on hand for those with gluten intolerances. Our recipes are vegetarian because of the difficulty of keeping meat fresh without a refrigerator.

Here is a list of our recipes.

the photographer was proud of this pancake!


  • Pancakes with Homemade Syrup
  • Buenos Dias Breakfast (hashbrowns with cheese and spices, my favorite)
  • Oatmeal and Cereal (7 quick-start breakfasts, they often use warm milk for the cereal)





prize-winning tortilla-eating artist


Lunch is food that can be eaten without cooking. They can snack all day, and they do take a long break around noon to get a substantial meal. Carrots, cheese, cereals, dried fruit, gorp, granola bars, honey, peanut butter, pretzels, sunflower seeds, tortillas, triscuits, and wheat thins, for example.







a kitchen with a view


  • Refried Beans and Tortillas
  • Gado Gado (noodles and a Thai-inspired peanut sauce with sunflower seeds, salty and sweet and very satisfying)
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Thanksgiving Dinner (mashed potatoes with gravy thick with vegetables)
  • Raviolini Marinara



I’ve included more pictures of meals and cooking from previous Expeditions below. With all that exercise they really like eating, so they take a lot of pictures of their food. Whoo, I’m hungry!