Dried Foods for Hiking

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Dried Foods for Hiking and Camping

Lugging food around outdoors can get annoying, but with the convenience of dried foods, no one has to lug around heavy food anymore. Dure Foods and our dried and powdered food lines are every camper, hiker, and backpacker’s dream solution to carrying around food while outdoors.

Dure Foods are great because we believe in customer satisfaction, and we are continually creating new products for customers, especially for those who like outdoor activities. We make having dried foods for camping easy.

At Dure Foods, we make sure to use the highest quality ingredients in our dried food and commit to the highest standard to help the customers succeed.

How It’s Made

Dried foods are just like the dried fruit that you probably eat on a normal basis. The same way that banana or apple chips are made is how dried foods are made It is a process of taking out the natural water in the foods to inhibit the growth of bacteria in the food and help it last longer.

Depending on the type of food, the dehydration process will be different. The most common method of drying food is through a food dehydrator. Another way to dehydrate food is through room drying, which is when the room is heated or has a high enough humidity level to change the food.

Surprisingly, by drying fruits and veggies, it makes the food tastier, more nutritious, and ultimately more lightweight, which is easier for taking on hikes.

The Advantages of Dried Foods?

When buying and using dried foods, you may think that it takes all of the nutrients out of it, but that is not the case. Choosing to eat dried fruits and vegetables is a better choice. When the foods that you are eating goes through the dehydration process, it actually becomes more concentrated, which allows the nutrients to also be more concentrated.

The only thing to keep in mind is that when food does go through the dehydration process, it is significantly smaller than its original size

Dried food is also convenient because it is lightweight. Having dried food is perfect for hiking, backpacking, and camping. Dried foods for hiking are more convenient because it is smaller since the food that has dried decreases in size tremendously. This also is why dried foods for backpacking are great, because they can fit into a small space.

Be Careful!

It is important to know where your dried foods are coming from. In the past, many dried foods had high sodium or sugar content to help with preserving the food. But nowadays, it is possible to make dried foods without any additives. Some dried foods might still have added sweeteners or a lot of additive flavors, which can ruin the dried food. Dried food is great to enjoy without any additives, and it still will have all the nutrients to add as a great benefit.

Contact Us!

If you are looking for quality dry foods today, check out Dure Foods. Dure Foods is a powdered food packaging company. We make sure that all of our dried and powdered foods still carry all of the nutrients. We make meal supplements, coffee, and more. Whether you want to learn more about dried foods, our great dried food products, or how to make your own mixture today, contact us or visit our website where you can always find new information.

Duncan Ross Ironman

Duncan Ross and Dure Foods: A Winning Combo

I knew Duncan Ross was a competitive triathlete, but when I asked him if he would try Dure Foods’ Proteins, Electrolytes & BCAAs, he asked me if I would like the Dure Foods logo on the jersey he would wear at the 2016 Ironman World Championships. That is the kind of guy Duncan Ross is.

This is his race:

October 8, 2016. Kona, Hawaii:

It’s 3 a.m. and Duncan is getting ready to make the 40-minute drive to the start line of the 2016 Ironman World Championships. That commute would be the easiest part of his day.

Duncan has planned, trained and qualified for this day for 3 years.

Swim Race – Head above Water

IRONMAN World Champs

IRONMAN World in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Donald Miralle)

The starting line is in the water and it is mayhem as 1,500 men bob around ready for the mass start of the 2.4 mile swim.

When the cannon fires at 6:55 a.m. it’s all bubbles and feet – including a couple to the face.

Duncan’s plan was “too find some feet and draft.” He positioned himself far left to give himself room at the right turn of the rectangle-shaped course. But there was no room at the turn and for every stroke Duncan held back waiting, he knew there were hundreds behind him who had just gotten one stroke closer.


Swim racers want to propel themselves in a way that keeps their bodies high on the water to reduce resistance as much as possible. In a crowd of 1,500 swimmers, all making a right turn at the same point, with competitors literally climbing over one another, the body gets pushed down.

Duncan says it would make all the difference to be able to get ahead of the middle pack early on and hold it. This would allow him to swim as he has trained and stick to his plan, and not be forced to slow down and be reacting to the chaos of the middle pack.

Duncan completed the swim in 1:05. He was 778th – right in the middle.

Bike Race – Breaking Out

Duncan Ross and Dure Foods

After a swim-to-bike transition time of 3:59 minutes, Duncan felt fresh as he began the 112-mile bike race.

Duncan’s priority was to break out from the middle pack. “Ride the hard part’s easy; and the easy part’s hard,” he said. “Always stick to the plan. Stick to your numbers.” These “power numbers,” Duncan explains, “are a measurement of output that is absolute.”

Duncan’s bike is equipped with a power meter on the crank arm that sends this data to his bike computer for constant feedback. “It’s how hard I’m pushing on the pedals.” In conjunction with his perceived effort – how he feels – he is able to most effectively exert his power while keeping enough in the tank to run a marathon after.

There is a rule in Ironman triathlon – A rider can’t draft. A pass must be completed in 25 seconds, once the approaching rider is within six bike lengths.

If you are overtaken, you must fall back, until you attempt to re-take the position. A violation means being sent to the penalty tent for 5 minutes. Being in the middle of the pack meant Duncan was constantly negotiating the riders around him.

There is very little vegetation on the stunning black landscape of the lava fields the riders pass through. Duncan says he didn’t find the heat too bad – after months of Canadian summer training – but unpredictable wind gusts, up to 72 km/hr were enough to blow a racer over. Areas shielded by the wind were where to take a hand off the aero bars to take a drink and consume nutrition gels.

“People might not realize how tightly racers need to hold the bars in Kona,” says Duncan. “In windy sections of the course you have to stay cool. Don’t overreact, lean into the wind and keep peddling. A racer is more stable with pressure on the pedals.”

The bike course is an out and back. After the turnaround point Duncan was riding amongst more equal-calibre riders, which was better, but after 41/2 hours of racing, Duncan was beginning to feel the strain. His triathlon was half over.

Fighting a headwind, Duncan used the last hour of the bike race to focus on his nutrition to fortify himself as best he could for his approaching marathon run.

Duncan completed the bike leg in 5:03.57. He had moved from 778th place at the end of the swim, and was now 350th overall. He had gained 428 places!

After spending 5 hours clenched in a tight and aerodynamic crouch on his bike, Duncan said it was a relief to get off the bike and stretch out. Although fatigued, Duncan had passed a milestone of the race and felt good. “That’s about the end of good feelings,” he said.

The Run – Marathon Man

Duncan Ross Triathalon and Dure Foods

Duncan had a bike-to-run transition time of 3:34 minutes, slightly faster than his previous one. The finish line lay 26 miles ahead – a full marathon.

Duncan had been racing of over 6 hours now and negative thoughts started to creep in. “I felt claustrophobic at times,” he said. “This is really where it hits – the mental aspect. I blocked it out and concentrated on my breathing.”

“You tell yourself: “You feel good! You are light on your feet! You can do this!”” There were 349 racers in front of him.

And Duncan could do this. He continued to pass other racers. “I had a sense that I was gaining and that felt good but I had to maintain. Pace is everything.”

Leaving the crowd and cheers behind, Duncan ran down the quiet, Queen K highway out of town towards the “Natural Energy Lab” – where the science of heat is studied. It is the hottest place on the island, at the hottest time of the day.

“This is where the real race starts,” Duncan explains. “I began to shiver and my vision blurred. I was having difficulty reading my watch. For the last 10 km I just counted from 1-100 over and over again, in my head.”

At a point 3km from the finish, Duncan passed his NRG Performance Training team coach and veteran professional, Nigel Gray.

He was having trouble seeing, but he could hear him: “Don’t slow down! You can do this!” Duncan had been told that as he proceeded down Ali’i Drive to the finish line, to be sure to drink in the experience: The thousands of people cheering and the waving flags.

It is a fitting spectacle for all racers here, at the pinnacle of their pursuit.

“I had enough left in the tank to finish the last 500 meters strong,” Duncan said.

I passed two more racers on my final push, and was totally surprised when one of them caught back up and passed me right before the finish line.” With this exception, Duncan had overtaken 236 runners in 3:08.30.

The view of Duncan Ross crossing the finish line shows a composed and confident athlete, framed by a well-timed fluttering Canadian flag.

Duncan finished 114th overall, of the over 1500 men who started with him in the water that morning. After 9 hours and 25 minutes it was now just after 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

Duncan spent 3 years getting to this spot. Kona Ironman World Championships lived up to every expectation. It was an over the top extravaganza. The course itself – the conditions were so extreme. It was phenomenal! You’ve got to respect that course.” Duncan reflected.

After his outstanding Wold Championship debut, Duncan plans to qualify again for the Ironman World Championships in 2018.

Dure Foods is very proud to support Canadian triathlete Duncan Ross and provide nutritious supplementation, including Proteins, Electrolytes & BCAAs.

Congratulations Duncan!

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