John Muir Trail

When I haven’t been teaching or planning, I’ve spent much of the last few months planning a long distance backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail this summer. The trail runs over 200 miles through the Sierra Nevada in California. There’s a lot of fun planning that’s gone into it, and one part has made me wish I was a 7th grade teacher teaching proportional reasoning. For instance, caloric density is one big question for the food I pack. The lighter food is, the happier I am carrying it for a week. Compare these:
New Orleans Style Dehydrated Rice and Shrimp


Sunflower Seeds




Trail mix


Beef jerky


Clif bar


Which food has the largest number of calories per ounce? How do you know? Which food is most efficient, in terms of cost and space? It’s been a fun project for me, and I want to figure out how to make it a fun project for my students as well.

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