Spineless Trail Mix

June 8, 2009 at 3:00 am 6 comments

For our backpacking trip to Mount Rogers, Ryan and I kept our menu simple. The dogs had dog food. We had Mountain House Beef Stroganoff for dinner, oatmeal for breakfast. For snacks, we had trail mix, avocados and oranges on hand.

If you want to be a little more adventurous, you can try to add some invertebrates to your trail diet. Maybe some crickets or chocolate covered ants. A tarantula, perhaps. With invertebrates comprising 95% of all animal species, the possibilities could be a little daunting. To help narrow down your menu, Backpacking Magazine did a little taste test. Enjoy!

Backpacker Magazine’s Bug Taste Test

Entry filed under: Camping, Hiking.

Weekly Winners – May 31 – June 6, 2009 – Mount Rogers Season Compare: Mountain Lake by Richard Cobb (Spring 2009)

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  • 2. Kristina Rosenbaum  |  June 8, 2009 at 10:43 am

    We ate termites and pineapple with fresh coconut water on a kayaking trip through Costa Rica. The best thing about eating invertebrates is that the moment you eat them, the memory becomes indelible. Pure magic.

  • 3. scienceguy288  |  June 8, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I have eaten ants and termites. Not bad. Rather zingy. Its that ascorbic acid kicking in.

  • 4. chriggy  |  June 8, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    I have eaten lollipops with a mealworm in them. The worm tastes quite a bit like peanut butter. Pretty tasty, actually.

    I haven’t gotten around to trying the cricket lollipop yet, but we have a couple sitting around. I don’t know if I’m quite ready for scorpion yet. We didn’t order any of those.

  • 5. geekhiker  |  June 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Native Californians used to smoke crickets. I’ve always been curious, but I dig enough cat-holes on the trail as it is!

  • 6. Circle Of The Spineless #40 « Cheshire  |  July 1, 2009 at 11:10 am

    […] of TGAW has a great post on entomophagy. I’ve recently started to experiment with this, as well. I’ll post results if I ever […]


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