Whether on a ski trek hike or bike trip, the mornings are chilly and the toughest part of the
whole day is unzipping your sleeping bag and getting up. With a companion, we are all guilty of trying to pretend to be asleep in the hopes they will get up and get things going. Things get better once you’ve made the move to get up.
It’s safer to fire up the stove outside the tent, but when it’s cold and if you are careful breakfast can be cooked in the tent while the sleeping bags are airing out on some nearby willow or buckbrush. Weight-wise, breakfast is probably the lightest meal you’ll be carrying as most of it is in powdered form and is prepared by adding boiling water.
First boil about 4 cups of water from which you can make instant coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Unless it is a real bare-bones trek you will have a small bowl or a second cup each in which to prepare the main meal while you have your drink at the same time. Instant hot cereal comes in a variety of flavours so you can avoid the same taste every morning. Add some powdered milk and dried cranberries or raisins. Add the boiling water a little at a time to reach the desired consistency. Gorp without chocolate is also a good addition to the mix.
This is an ideal breakfast or warm-up snack at any time of the day, especially if you’ve purchased a mix of flavours.
I always make a trip menu so I can be sure to have what I need for each meal with a bit extra for essential snacks. The hot cereal, tea, hot chocolate and instant coffee all come in individual servings and powdered milk and dried fruit can be pre-measured and carried in a Ziploc bag with the plastic measuring spoon available for consistency.
Take a few minutes at home some Saturday morning and try out this breakfast in a variety of combinations until you are happy with it. Its true value and convenience will only be clear to you as you enjoy it while you are watching the sun rise in some high mountain valley.
Another really satisfying, healthy breakfast is granola, with a variety of what I call breakfast nuts, which are unsalted peanuts, pecans, cashews (available at the bulk bins at the grocery store) with some dried cranberries, blueberries or raisins. Just make your favourite herbal tea (Orange or Lemon Zinger are suggested) and pour it over the dry mix as you pour milk on cereal. The tea is fresh and hot and the mix will fill you up and warm you in a similar way to the instant hot cereal.