Denali Food Support
Denali Expedition Support | Denali Food Support
Denali food support helps you bring one of the most essential planning elements together, what to eat. With years of experience and expertise we want to set you out on the right foot, with the right food. This food support focuses on getting you the right portions, excellent quality, and ease of use so you can focus on your expedition.
Our philosophy is that you should eat big and eat well on the lower mountain (up to Advanced Base Camp, 14,000’). Arrive there fit and fat! Above Advanced Base Camp we recognize that your appetite and motivation to cook will both be diminished. Foods are simpler, therefor easier to digest. And quantities are slightly less.
The Perfect Amount
We calculate total food required roughly based on 2 – 2.5 pounds per person per day (approx. 1 kg). Later in the climbing season we may leave out some of the fats to lighten the load, you won’t need as much so why carry it? The totals come out to approximately 40 pounds per person for 20 days with Denali food support.
We aim to supply the freshest quality ingredients that we can acquire and that are practical. We stay away from cheap imitations of known products and go as far as providing “gourmet” cheeses and specialty Alaskan products such as smoked salmon and reindeer sausage. Without being extravagant, you’ll be eating as well as anyone on the mountain.
We strip most of the commercial packaging and provide the food in tie-up plastic bags, clearly labeled and combined into 5-day bags. These 5-day rations break a large amount of food into more easily managed quantities. Also, for the standard route on Denali, the timing breakdown seems to be convenient for planning loads and caches.
You will need to provide heavy-duty stuff sacks or duffle bags for carrying on the mountain.
Most meals from Denali food support require some preparation and cooking. If you want only de-hydrated meals you do not need our service. Just go buy the meals. However, from our experience, after a few days you will be sick of the meals and needing a more varietal set of nutrients. we aim to provide quality meals with the energy you need to have a great start.
The years of planning and refining our menus are a large part of the service that we provide, for a fee. Please understand that we will not provide detailed menus or food lists until you have booked our service and paid your deposit.
“Just wanted to let you know that I and Jan were elected to be the winner of Denali Pro Award for our rescue of the Russian climber last year. It was the energy from your excellent food and service that made us strong enough for the rescue!”
-Bengt Bern, Team Sweden
Winners of the Denali Pro Award