DofE Expedition Reward Packs

pack_f_meaty_lightweightIf you plan to get your DofE Expedition Reward, we’ve got everything you need to put together a great lightweight and compact size nutrition pack for your challenges, or ready made packs here.

To obtain your award, “you will need to plan, train for and complete an unaccompanied, self-reliant expedition with an agreed aim. You must do the correct training for your level and mode of travel, at least one practice expedition, a qualifying expedition (the one that is assessed) and a final presentation in order to complete the section.Your expedition must be completed by your own physical efforts (but you have loads of choices, not just on foot!) with minimal external intervention and without motorised assistance.  Your route should also be a continuous journey.” (More info from the official site here)

It’s important that you plan out your food as to what you need nutritionally to keep you energised, and also what you can fit in your pack that isn’t too heavy. Our Pack N Go freeze dried meals are low weight and small size meaning you can fit more essentials in your pack without compromising on weight. We also have ready to eat meals that can be eaten hot or cold no matter where you are. All of our one day packs include a breakfast, main meal, dessert, drinks pack with tea, coffee, sugar and creamers, oatcakes, jam, a high energy flapjack and chocolate bar. You can order more than one for longer expeditions, use in combination with our other products or to supplement your own food.

Contact us today for help in putting together a DofE pack and get the right nutrition.



What is an Ultra Marathon?


Ultra Marathons have become increasingly popular, and you see people causally throw about on social media “training for my next ultra!” What exactly is it that makes a marathon ULTRA? Well to start, Ultra Marathons are longer than 26.2 miles (more than 42 kilometres, which is a normal marathon) and often take place over a couple or even several days. Another big difference is these types of races usually take place in beautiful yet punishing terrains challenging your endurance.

Probably the most well known Ultra is the Marathon des Sables, taking place in the Sahara desert in Morocco over several days, it’s not for the faint hearted and most of the time you can’t really run as the sand is too soft. The Yukon Artic Ultra is a series of multi-day races where temperatures drop well below freezing, and we just learned that the second place finisher Gavan Hennigan was fuelled by our Extreme Adventure food during the race. Taking place in the gorgeous scenery in Iceland, is the 250km Fire and Ice Ultra where the terrain is varied the whole course including lava fields, glacial river crossings, grassy stretches, past volcanic steam vents and finishing by resting your tired muscles in natural hot springs. Extreme Adventure foods is proud to be a partner to such a varied and challenging event.

Ultras require a big time commitment and dedicated training routine to build endurance. Not to mention a nutrition plan to keep you going throughout the course you choose. We have worked with Ultra Marathon runners to help develop specific food packs to provide you with all the meals that will best keep you going. We have meat and vegetarian packs for multi-stage 250km races and special packs for desert races like the Marathon des Sables. If you prefer, you can use the packs as guides as what to include, mixing and matching your own food from the rest of our site making your meals tailored to you.

People often say once you start competing in Ultras and see what your body can accomplish, it’s an addiction and you’ll keep going back for more. The race itself tends to be easier on your body than a standard marathon as you aren’t pounding the pavement so to speak, and instead you are racing on softer terrains and a slower gentler pace. In fact, most Ultra Marathoners walk a lot of a race to help preserve energy, especially on inclines or higher altitudes. You can go as fast or as slow as you want, running an Ultra is a little like running your own marathon just for yourself. Take in the scenery, make some friends, and have fun!