Food Planning – 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 (and easier to digest). Quantities are slightly less.
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?
Quality – 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.
Packing – We strip most of the commercial packaging and provide the food in tie-up plastic bags, clearly labeled and combined into 5-day bags. 5-day rations seem to 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 require some preparation and cooking. If you want only de-hy meals you do not need our service. Just go buy the meals. (But you’ll spend a lot of money and it will not be as good. And you’ll very likely be sick of it after the first week!)
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.
We’ll provide enough hot drinks for at least 3 per person per day including a variety of teas and hot chocolate.
You’ll get a few spices to suit whatever taste you’re craving and to go with the dinners provided. Your basic spice kit will go all the way up the mountain with some specialty ingredients added with their related dinners.
Allergies, preferences and special diets — We pack over a ton of food for climbing McKinley each season. We do it all pretty much the same and have recently lowered our rates to reflect our new efficiency. The food includes a lot of pasta, crackers, nuts, cheese and other dairy products. Some meat is included as a good source of protein and needed fat.
If you have diet constraints that will cause problems with any of the above foods then we may not be able to help you on your expedition. Severe nut allergies cannot be accommodated. All of our food must be assumed to be contaminated with nuts.
“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
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