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Arkansas Man
04/01/2005 01:21PM
I ususally put dried banana's, pineappple, apricots, papaya. Planter's mixed nuts, black walnuts, and home roasted pecans. And M&M's plain, peanut, peanut butter, crunchy, almond.

In a large mixing bowl is one package of dried banana, one package of dried pineapple, one package of dried apricots, one-half package of papaya, one small can of mixed nuts, one-half bag of walnuts, and a cup of pecans, one-half bag of each of the M&M's... I then mix and put into gallon bags, or quart bags as needed. Last year, 4 people, two men and two women ate 4 gallon bags in 5 days...

What do you put into yours?????

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distinguished member(688)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
04/01/2005 05:28PM
Hey Arkansas, did you take a pack just for trail mix??
Just kidding, I love that stuff too. The "blend" you make sounds good....

I go with dry roasted peanuts, (or mixed nuts), raisins--home dried, plain M&Ms, and maybe some other dried fruit....but not too much, as dried fruit can do a number on some people...HA

member (9)member
04/02/2005 09:10PM
Mine is real simple....

Cashews, M&Ms, Raisins.

Arkansas Man
04/04/2005 07:21AM
I didn't take a separate pack... but I did carry the food pack :-)...


senior member (76)senior membersenior member
04/04/2005 07:45PM
Usually I just take peanuts, about two handfuls a day but this year im going out on the edge and might mix in some raisons.
Arkansas Man
04/05/2005 07:20AM
Nothing quite like living large and on the edge in the BWCA... Right Malachi?

Guest Paddler
04/05/2005 04:14PM
All the goodies you can imagine..
but you can make your own granola to go in it too!

Quick oats
peanut butter (lots)
Corn syrup
veggie oil
Mix it all up and bake at a low temp for quite a while
Sooooooo good!
senior member (76)senior membersenior member
04/06/2005 09:53PM
Ha Ha, nothing quite like it at all. It makes you think, people usually think of "the good life" when you're up in the BWCAW or maybe just fishing on any lake or camping. Generally any situation which is not a normal day or schedual. Why then, I wonder, do so many people submit to a consumerism lifestyle, where you have to work at jobs you hate (I know not everyone hates there job) to buy things you dont need (reference "Fight Club"). Maybe I'm in the minority but being up in the BWCA is less stressful, more necessary hardwork, more fun, and just all around better. I wonder why more people do not try to live like that on an everyday basis as opposed to only allowing themselves the pleasure for one week a year?
distinguished member (281)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
05/26/2005 08:47PM
Star Wars Plain M&Ms
Planters Salted Cashews
Planters Honey Roasted Penuts
Planters Salted Sun Flower seeds

It's not really GORP so much as just nuts, rasins and chocolate! But it's way good and full of energy!

BTW... this year is my first trip and that's my first batch of snacks!

God Bless and good paddling!
05/26/2005 10:56PM

Kudos to you I couldnt agree more......just wish it were possible
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06/08/2005 03:54PM
I don't make my own trail mix any more. I buy mine at WalMart. Their Tropical Trail Mix is better than any that I have tried to make and cheaper in the long run.
senior member (56)senior membersenior member
08/04/2005 06:59PM

You're ablsolutely right. Everything is better in the BWCA. It is sort of my "office space" dream to just do up there as much as possible. Just relax and explore the entire wilderness. Maybe write my own book like Beymer's. Except I would mix it up a little (his are pretty dry and don't have nearly enough detail). I really envy the people who are outfitters up there. Voyager north, maybe you could answer me on this. Can you go out every week or two, or are you too busy? If you can, you are really living the life.
member (19)member
08/07/2005 11:59AM
Cashews big jar, peanuts big jar honey roasted, big jar salted, sunflower seeds cup full, small bag dried apricots, rasins big box, big can mixed nuts, pound or two m & m's, gonna add this and see how it goes over, cup or two of Dr Pepper jelly beans.
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01/19/2006 05:41PM
This is making me hungry. I keep it simple: Plain M&Ms, Salted Peanuts and Raisins. My ratio is usually 2-1-1 with peanuts being the 2.

What do people use for gorp. I remember having this when I went to the boundary waters when I would go with camp in the summer. i remember peanut butter and chocolate of some sort but that is about it. Would love some good ideas though.
senior member (61)senior membersenior member
01/20/2006 08:32AM
Cashews, honey roasted peanuts, dried bananas and other dried fruit, Reses pieces, M&Ms, & yogurt covered raisins.
How much do guys usually take per person per day?
Guest Paddler
01/20/2006 09:37AM
Dried Tart Cherries, dried cranberries, and or dried blueberries to go with the cashews and Nestle morsels.
member (30)member
01/20/2006 11:36AM
Peanuts, peanut M&M's, Cashews, Mixed nuts, Gummi Bears. My husband doesn't like raisins so I use the Gummi bears for some thing chewy and sweet. Thinking about dried cranberries this year.
01/20/2006 02:00PM
My GORP ratio is a one-gallon zip-lock bag for four people on a five-day canoe trip providing there is other snack food as well. I also take some M&Ms, jerky, granola bars, etc. That's just snacks - not lunch items.

BTW - I, too, really like the Walmart/Sam's Club Tropical Mix. I'll take a lot of that. Then I'll either buy their regular Trail Mix or make my own. My own always is different, though always contains M&Ms, almonds, cashews, and garlic sesame sticks; Sometimes has Shelled Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Granola (or some kind of cereal), Raisins, and other stuff.
member (24)member
01/25/2006 02:11PM
I've made this for four years now:

1 box of Granola, can of honey roasted peanuts, box of raisins, large bag of chocolate chips, large bag of plain M&M's, some dried fruit like cranberries, and sometimes cashews.

This usually makes about 1 1/2 ziplock bags (gal size). This has never lasted more than 3 days in the BWCAW. I have to hide it someplace in the car or the boys get into it on the trip coming up.
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04/28/2012 06:04PM
Raisins, peanuts, m & m's, pretzels, and I might try dehydrated strawberries if I can find them in big enough quantities this year.
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04/29/2012 05:45PM
All sound good, I like to throw a handful of wasabi peas in..zings it up.
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04/29/2012 09:37PM
And dried blueberries
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04/30/2012 01:57AM
I'm afraid I found out I can buy this at Sam's club cheaper than I can make it at home. Really like their mix too.

Most recent home made batch, pears, apples, strawberries, pecans, peanuts, cashews, raisins, and bananas. All fruit home dried.
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05/13/2012 09:47PM
I simply reach down behind the cushions on the couch and grab handfuls of whats down there. Popcorn, skittles, cereal, M&M's, ect. Be sure to remove any legos or coins from the mix as they are hard on the teeth.
05/13/2012 09:52PM
Two years ago instead of the gorp for a trip a friend showed up with what he called "home made energy balls". If we would have had the time we would have traveled to the local store and made something else right then and there. But with fishing on our minds we decided that we would berate him the whole trip so that he could learn his lesson about screwing with the classics. The problem was that they dang things were easy to eat, tasted great and well we liked them. They were small sized balls about 3/4" of a inch apart and he had made 5 different kinds using different stuff. You could reach in and grab a couple and be good to go.

the basic stuff was made with this and he changed out a stuff and added other stuff. If they were too sticky he rolled them in different stuff like ground nuts, and coconuts.

3 cups whole-grain cereal (e.g., puffed wheat or Kashi type)
1/2 cup chopped nuts or seeds (or a combination)
1/2 (or up to 3/4) cup chopped dried fruit (one fruit, or a combination)
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/3 cup creamy nut or seed butter (e.g. peanut, cashew, almond, soy; natural style is fine)
1/2 cup honey (or brown rice syrup, light molasses, sorghum, or maple syrup)

Roll into balls and coat as needed for taste.

While they haven't replaced gorp in our group we include these a couple of times a years for something different.
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05/15/2012 06:51AM
the usual combinations of the above...but I add sesame sticks. They add just the right amount of crunch and salty...
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05/21/2012 01:50PM
Ole's - "Norwegian Grab Bag"
For the BWCA

Great grab and go snack for canoeing, hiking and biking. This recipe is my personal favorite.
"There are many like it but this one is mine" - FMJ

12oz. (3/4 lb.) Dried Fruit Mix (Fleet Farm)
1 lb. (16 oz.) Yogurt covered Raisins
1 lb. (16 oz.) Peanuts
1 lb. (16 oz.) Butterscotch Chips
20 oz. (1.25 lb.) bag of Chocolate M&M's
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, use 1/2 c. measuring cup to scoop into snack size bags. This should yield approximately 24 grab bags. Enjoy!
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05/21/2012 04:29PM
quote MeatHunter: "I simply reach down behind the cushions on the couch and grab handfuls of whats down there. Popcorn, skittles, cereal, M&M's, ect. Be sure to remove any legos or coins from the mix as they are hard on the teeth."
Are you living in my house? Ah, probably not, you didn't mention any clothing or remote devices in your list. Fun-ny!
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