Weather will be a limiting factor however. Due to the possibility of winter snows in Montana, it will be important to reach Canada by mid September.
When in grizzly country, I will cook my evening meal and then walk a few miles before I set up camp. I will hang my food or use bear boxes if they happen to be provided. Unless required to do otherwise, I will setup camp in areas that are not frequented by other campers; areas that the bears do not already associate with free food. I will be carrying a can of bear pepper spray for peace of mind and will make plenty of noise to avoid surprising a bear on or near the trail.
- Breakfast: pop tarts, dry cereal and powdered milk, cereal bars, energy bars, trail mix, oatmeal. Funny thing; I eat oatmeal nearly every morning at home but just don’t care for it on the trail. That may have something to do with eating it cold on the trail.
- Lunch: Peanut butter, flower tortillas, bagles, english muffins, cheese, summer sausage, pepperoni, etc …
- Dinner: Cooked food will be meals that involve boiling water and throwing in the ingredients. Things like Ramen noodles, Lipton pastas, Rice-a-roni, instant potatoes, etc… Usually combined with tuna, salmon, or chicken packaged in those little foil packets. I also have some freeze dried foods that I’ll use in my mail drops.
- Snacks: Snikers, Clif bars, Lara bars, other energy bars, granola bars, gorp, and whatever happens to be available that can supply calories for energy.
I was actually very pleased with the Steripen on my last hike, but the Sawyer filter is about the same weight and does not depend on batteries. My Steripen quit working midway through Montana and I had to revert to using my bleach backup. I’m hoping with the Sawyer to avoid a similar dilemma and as a bonus won’t need to rely on batteries.