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Nutrition for Human-Powered Travel
Planning a sea kayak or rowing trip along the Maine Island Trail? Through proper fueling, these energy-demanding endeavors can be more fulfilling, safe, and enjoyable. Please join MITA trustee and expedition paddler Dan Carr for a discussion on planning for the nutritional demands of human-powered outdoor travel.

Dan will review common rules of thumb regarding caloric energy demands for sea kayaking and rowing against other modes of human-powered travel and normal energy demands of daily life. These rules of thumb will be compared to estimates derived using calorie calculators, data from commercially available fitness monitors, and values from published studies.

These estimates will be used along with common nutritional guidelines to review commonly used trail foods. Examples of ways to improve the energy and nutritional content of trail food will be provided.

Apr 20, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dan Carr
MITA Trustee and expedition paddler
Daniel Carr is an engineer and geologist with expertise in groundwater engineering, hydrology, and environmental chemistry. He is mostly retired, a formerly a partner in a geoenvironmental consulting firm serving clients on projects nationally and internationally. A lifelong advocate of human powered travel, Dan has paddled much of the Maine Coast from Kittery to Cobscook Bay, logging between 200 to 500 miles a year in a kayak along with similar miles biking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, and surf boating. Dan is happy to be a resource for potential trail travelers of all kinds. He and his wife Pam, an Maine Master Gardener and herbalist live in Dayton, Maine along with a very active cattle dog, barn cats, chickens, turkeys and horse. They have two grown children Rob and Tim. In gratitude they annually give to MITA in the proportion to human powered miles and trail nights.