As I was preparing my pack for my Stone Sheep ...

As I was preparing my pack for my Stone Sheep hunt in British Columbia, I thought I’d share a video that would give some insight as to what I do to get the most nutrition and calories per ounce.


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  1. Jason

    Great advice! Beats dry Ramen noodles for lunch every day! Good luck on the Stone’s sheep hunt. Look forward to hearing about it!

  2. Doug e fresh

    Mountain House is my favorite too!

    Good luck in BC on your sheep hunt

  3. Shawn in Alaska

    I would confirm Mtn House is the best. Although I like your idea of the gallon ziplock stuff (sweet stuff!) – I would I would respectfully disagree that those items are a good choice in brown/grizzly country!

    I’m sure you will be fine with all the guides, packers, & camera men that will be on your hunt though.

    If I am solo or just 2 of us, those items would be a danger anywhere within 1/2 mile of you or your camp/spike camp.

    Just my 2 cents..

  4. Shaun Allison

    Great video and information Jason! This will be passed on to clients in New Zealand too. I particularly like how your mentioned about choosing real food that mixes well in your own stomach. Good luck on your hunt. Shaun

  5. Ken Anderson

    Thanks Jason!

    Thru trial-and-error my wife and I have developed basically the exact same food menu that you showed us (although I admit I never considered Fritos, and I prefer tortillas instead of bagels).

    I’d like to offer one additional tip: repackage the Mountain House meals. The manufacturers packaging is quite bulky and takes up valuable pack space. I know that many people like to prepare the meal right in the package, but I’ve found it more efficient to put the contents into vacuum seal bags, which will reduce them to about 1/3 their pack size. Use a small stove/pot combo to prepare them for eating; you’ll probably be packing those along anyway, since you need a way to heat water for the meals, whether you leave them in the original packaging or not.

  6. Brett Crawford

    Sweet insight JH! Good luck on the hunt bro!

  7. mike p

    Good vid…good luck on the hunt



  8. Harvey Harrold

    Good Luck on your trip in BC !!!!!!!!

    From the Crazy BC Family that stopped by your store in July 🙂

  9. John

    This is great! I would love to see a video on how you set up your pack to get everything squared away.

  10. joeyp

    Very nice tutorial. I like the idea that you are bringing what you like and what works for you.
    The last place you want to adapt to the guides menu is a high stress, caloric burning backpack hunt.
    I look forward to our full report in a few weeks. Blue skies and heavy packs!

  11. Alvaro from Spain

    Have a good hunt, Jason!

    Ken, that was a good tip, thank you!

    John, I support your idea Jason making that video.

  12. Kevin M

    I’ll also echo John’s suggestion – post up a video of how you pack everything you’re taking for your trip. Getting more into backcountry hunting and would love to see how ‘the pro’s’ do it. 🙂

  13. Colby Kendell

    This is great information. I’ve tried the Cliff Bar thing on my last few scouting trips and I can’t do that for several days hunting. Looks like I’ll be going shopping today to get ready for the Utah Archery Opener this weekend. Keep these informative videos coming. Thanks Jason!


  14. Nigel Ivy

    All the best for your hunt, Jason! Good luck!

  15. George Hicks

    Great subject Jason. I can only get my calories per once to just over 100. I need to steel your list! My food averages 2,600 calories per day and I typically lose a pound per day.

    I love the packaging tip. The MH do take up a lot of room and that sounds like a great tip. One other tip is to bring along a few packs of the flavored Idahoan instant potatoes. Add some of those to the Mountain House and you get really filled up. They taste awesome too.

    Good luck on the sheep hunt!

  16. Tim Loran

    not to impressed with you burning plastic waste and leaving the residue in the mountains.

  17. Jerry

    At the point you harvest your ram, slice some up thin with your havalon and throw that in with your beef stroganoff and noodles, adds some serious protein to your diet. That has been the best meal I ever had on the mountain and one of the best meals I’ve ever had period, outside of sheep tacos at the airstrip and sheep tenderloins over the fire rubbed with olive oil and sweet mesquite bbq rub.

    I like the packing idea, as I’ve never had thought of a small bag of my favorite chips or bagels or dried salami or cheese.

    Candy, I love candy bars on the mountain. Peanut Butter Snickers are my fav, I seem to get more kick of energy out of those than regular Snickers bars.

    Little Debbie Honey Buns and the single serve packets of Justin’s Almond Butter you get from REI or your local food mart in a 6 pack box, the best treat on the mountain you can get and high in calories and protien.

    Dried cranberries and almonds or cashews are legit as well for a fast kick of energy with sustained energy afterwards from the almonds and cashews. Pistachio nuts are good as well with the cranberries.

  18. Mark

    You said you burned your garbage, I hope that doesn’t include any plastic! The single biggest source for dioxins in the US is people burning garbage. Besides, it stinks. Please only burn paper and food waste.

  19. Alan

    For what it’s worth concerning plastics used in food packaging:

    Dioxin Free
    A few years back, concerns were raised about the alleged dangers of using plastics in microwaves. The presumption argued that a combination of fat, high heat and plastic releases dioxin into food and ultimately into the cells of the body, which would then increase the risk of producing cancerous cells. After we researched these claims, it became clear that the information was misleading and unnecessarily alarming. Dioxins only form when chlorine is combined with extremely high temperatures (such as 1,500 degrees F). The most powerful kitchen microwave oven will never reach this temperature. Even if you reached 1500F (theoretically), all Ziploc® brand products are 100% dioxin-free.

    This came from the Ziploc site. Other food packagers use the same kinds of plastics.

  20. Konstantin

    I am with the other guys about burning plastics. Especially barely used ziploc bags which can last for a really long time and weigh very little to carry out and possibly even re-use (or at least try to recycle when you get out).

    Other than that, great video! Thank you.

  21. Ricardo Villasenor


    You mentioned Mountain House being your favorite dry food. Have you checked out “Pack it Gourmet”? Have not compared packaged weight per calories, but flavor wise they are excellent for dry food. In my opinion way better than Mountain House. Be cautious to choose the cook in bag if you don’t want to mess with pots and pans.

    I have not had the breakfast Mountain House, but I will try it. “Pack it Gourmet has a “Jump Start Fruit Smoothie” that you just add water shake in bag and drink, excellent for a quick meal before heading out early in the morning.

  22. Phil Ward

    I see two large dry bags full of food and while not very heavy they are certainly bulky. How are you carrying all that into the field on your back? Is that 2 peoples food allotment for the trip? Nice report and some crazy wild country up there.

    • Jason Hairston

      That is 12 days of food for 1 person. That is why you need at least 6000ci for a 10 day hunt and why we took 7200ci packs on this trip. It fits, no problem.