My pack right now with everything (food and water too) weighs about 32 pounds. Which seems like a lot, but then again, when you consider I am hiking 155 miles before a resupply, isn't that much. Is it enough?
Eight days. How much do you eat in eight days? How much would you eat if you were walking all day, every day? I have everything else in my pack figured out. I still haven't gotten the food right. Probably because I don't really eat like a normal person. In a perfect world I would never eat meals. I would just graze, like an elk. This where long distance hiking approaches the perfect situation for me. I keep snacks in my pockets and I eat whenever I feel like it, not when the clock says I should eat. If I am not sharing meals with a buddy, I don't eat real dinners either, not the kind you crouch around a stove stirring, anyway. A lot of people make a big fuss about food in every day life, it seems like. What to make, how to make it, when to have it. I was once on an overseas trip with someone who "needed to have a hot meal" at dinnertime. I was once horribly entangled in a relationship with someone who needed to have the ADA pyramid at each meal and even referred to needing to have a "starch".
But back to food. Hikers get a little wrapped around the axle on this one. Some people meticulously dehydrate their own food prior to the trip. Some people calculate ratio of fat to carbs to weight. Way too much work for me. I pick what sounds good and throw it in the bear bag. This has sometimes worked out great (yay protein shakes) and bad (I never want to see a Builders bar again). To this day I recall the deliciousness of a bag of kettle chips in the Emigrant Wilderness and the sad disappointment of a freeze dried ice cream sandwich in the Alpine Lakes.
I am going stoveless on this trip, which I have done before, but not for this long. Not having a stove makes life easier, but can make food more complicated to figure out. Some people cold soak their beans all day in an empty plastic peanut butter jar. No, just no. I am hoping the tortillas, tuna, and cheese work out like they did on the last stoveless trip.
In the end, all will be fine. I used to carry a 70 pound pack back in the day, and it didn't slow me down any. If I get too hungry, I can probably yogi* some food. If I have too much food, I can give jellybeans to thru-hikers. If history serves right, though, I have way too much food. No Donner party here.