Don't Just Eat, Eat Well: Maximize Your Nutrition & Avoid Hitting the Wall

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A virtual masterclass, recipe demo, and Q&A by long-distance backpacker and registered dietitian, Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, CD.

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Do you???

  • Spend most of your time in the backcountry daydreaming about food?
  • Lose your appetite as soon as you hit the trail?
  • Run out of energy before the day is over?
  • Struggle with sore muscles day after day?

If you said yes to any of these questions, this class is for you!

Aaron is a backpacking nutrition expert with over 20 years of experience as a registered dietitian and backpacker. In this class, she’ll walk you through the steps of understanding how to fuel your body properly on-trail and avoid hitting the wall.

What does it mean to hit the wall?

Hitting the wall is a common issue for hikers that haven't fueled their bodies well. It occurs when you do not consume adequate carbohydrates which leaves you feeling exhausted, moody, and/or confused. Fortunately, with some proper planning and plenty of snacks, you can easily avoid that awful, burnt-out feeling.

During the talk, you’ll learn:

  • All about hitting the wall: what is it, how can you recognize it, and why does it happen?
  • Backpacking metabolism basics: carbs, protein, and fat, oh my!
  • How to determine your carbohydrate and calorie needs to avoid bonking
  • How to stay hydrated to improve performance and recovery
  • And more!

You can also look forward to:

Recipe Demonstration

  • Aaron will provide a recipe demo for one of her favorite meal replacement drinks that you can use when you feel the wall coming.

Question and Answer Session

  • Bring your most pressing meal planning and nutrition questions for Aaron to answer at the end of the class!

Take-home goodies included with the class:

  • A comprehensive workbook for determining your unique calorie, carbohydrate, and fluid needs for your next hike.
  • Hiking Food Journal
  • Sample 4000 calorie dietitian-created meal plan
  • Four ultralight backpacking recipes from Aaron’s meal planning service
  • How to Avoid Hitting the Wall tip sheet
  • Hydration for Backpacking tip sheet
  • List of Aaron's favorite resources


A replay link will be provided to all ticket holders for viewing up to 72 hours after the event.

To learn more about Backcountry Foodie, visit backcountryfoodie.com.

Are you a fan of backpacking podcasts?

Here are a few episodes you may enjoy where Aaron shares her passion for backpacking nutrition:

Trust the Trail - Episode 180

GAIA GPS Out & Back - Episode 11

Hiking Thru - Episode 70

New to Aaron as a speaker?

Check out her YouTube channel to see her passion in action.

To learn more about Backcountry Foodie, you can find us...

Website: backcountryfoodie.com

Instagram: @backcountry_foodie

Facebook: @backcountryfoodie

YouTube: Backcountry Foodie

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