The World According to GORP
courtesy of Laurie Ann March

The word GORP is an acronym for Good Old Raisins and Peanuts. But what is it really?

Essentially GORP is a personally tailored trail mix that hikers and wilderness canoeists take with them on their trips. When we spend time out on the trail we expend more energy than we do in our more relaxed lives back home. It's important to take rest stops and give our bodies some fuel so that we can attain our goals for the day. GORP is perfect for this because it is quick and easy.

There are many variations on ingredients when it comes to creating GORP. The millions of combinations are as individual as one's tastes. Having a sweet tooth, I like to make sure there are sweet components as well as salty ones in my mix. For summer trips, when I know I'll be in the hot sun where chocolate tends to melt, I'll substitute candied fruit such as chunks of pineapple, mango and papaya.

There is really no limit to what you can use to store your own personal GORP. Some people keep all the ingredients separate until just before they set out on the trail for the day. This is a great when you do backcountry baking and want to throw some chocolate chips in your cake as it saves wading through the GORP bag. Others prefer the more traditional way of amalgamating it all in one package. Another great idea is to put it in a Nalgene® bottle and use a carabineer to clip it to the outside of your pack. This keeps the GORP from getting crushed and keeps it close at hand. Zipper bags make a great container for GORP; however, use the freezer strength bags over the sandwich bags especially on a multi day trip. The freezer strength bags are more durable and will hold more GORP.

Whether you attach it to your backpack or stash it in a zipper bag and stuff it in your pocket, GORP provides an energy boost when you need it most. Please remember that sharing with your trail friends is a welcomed courtesy.

Here are some of our favorites:

The Old Standby
Smarties®, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, and banana chips

Pirate Food
Cap'n Crunch®, raisins, milk chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, roasted-salted peanuts, sunflower seeds

Bryan's All Spiced Up
smoked almonds, barbeque corn nuts, corn chips, roasted green peas, honeyed sunflower seeds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and barbeque peanuts

Opeongo Overload
banana chips, honeyed sunflower seeds, sultana raisins, chopped dates, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, chunks of dark chocolate, dry-roasted peanuts and cashews

Jami Lee's Marshmall-O's
mini marshmallows, Honey Nut Cheerios®, milk chocolate chips

© 2004 Laurie Ann March - courtesy of Outdoor Adventure Canada
use without the author's written permission is prohibited.

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