Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN

Hello hikertrash foodies! My name is Aaron and I'm an ultralight long-distance backpacking, cookbook writing, registered dietitian that LOVES to talk about trail food. You may know me as the Backcountry Foodie. My posts are dedicated to trail nutrition and meal planning for adventures. Check out www.backcountryfoodie.com for upcoming meal prep and cooking demo videos, an adventure nutrition podcast and blog posts including some of my favorite trail worthy recipes.

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Planning a Thru-Hike in One Month or Less!

Planning a Thru-Hike in One Month or Less!

Many aspiring thru hikers spend years planning for their first thru-hike. I personally spent over 15 months planning for my 2017 PCT thru-hike.

Jul 16, 2017 : Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN
Cutting pack weight by HALF and lessons learned!

Cutting pack weight by HALF and lessons learned!

Ok, folks! I will be the first to admit that prior to leaving for the PCT I truly believed I needed everything in my pack.  After researching gear,

May 21, 2017 : Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN
It’s time for an ultralight meal planning makeover!

It’s time for an ultralight meal planning makeover!

Unexpected injuries ending thru hikes prematurely can be devastating! After hiking only 375 miles, I was forced off the trail due to a shoulder

May 19, 2017 : Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN
PCT Food Review: Campo to Julian

PCT Food Review: Campo to Julian

Seventy-seven miles on the PCT in the books! I'm pain-free, feeling strong and enjoying what each new day brings! So here goes... PCT food review one

Apr 3, 2017 : Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN
Greetings from Campo!

Greetings from Campo!

What an emotional day! Putting on the clothes that I plan to wear day after day for the next several months was the first reality check of the

Mar 25, 2017 : Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN
Getting Organized! Homemade Meals and Resupply Boxes

Getting Organized! Homemade Meals and Resupply Boxes

Okay, so I pulled it off! Fourteen 5000 calorie menus within my two pound daily goal for a grand total of 345 pounds of food! How on earth am I going

Mar 24, 2017 : Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN
Ultralight Meal Preparation and Menu Planning

Ultralight Meal Preparation and Menu Planning

For those that have followed previous post for examples of recipes that made the final cut. An additional forty-one bars, snacks and treats are also

Mar 22, 2017 : Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN
Crunch Time for The Foodie!

Crunch Time for The Foodie!

First off, I want to share how excited I am about the number of hikers worldwide that have shared interest in improving nutrition while thru hiking.

Feb 17, 2017 : Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN
The Ugly Truth About Pop-Tarts!

The Ugly Truth About Pop-Tarts!

  "You're not going to tell me pop-tarts aren't ultralight, are you?!? Actually, that's exactly what I'm saying. A significant amount of my

Feb 9, 2017 : Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN
Wait! You’re telling me Mountain House isn’t ultralight?!?

Wait! You’re telling me Mountain House isn’t ultralight?!?

When buying ultralight gear thru hikers expect high performance for minimal weight. They should have the same performance expectations of food.

Jan 30, 2017 : Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN