Well my first choice was the 5-Hour Energy Drink. Why was is my first choice? Well, as I stated above I wanted to pack lite. I brought four Lemon Lime 2 ounce 5-Hour Energy shots with me weighing in at about a 1/2 pound (as opposed to one normal energy drink that weighs in at 1/2 pound). I also brought it with me because it is a Sugar Free Energy Drink. The last thing I needed on the trip was to cramp up while going up the mountain. Combine the portability and sugar free features with the fact that it tastes good at room temperature and that it just all along gets the job done and the 5-Hour Energy Drink is definitely a winner when used for backpacking. We did not stop to make lunch any of the days. I ended up having a Cliff Bar and a 5-Hour Energy Drink everyday during lunch time. The combination of these two held me over until we stopped for the night. Oh, and the six hour drive home from backpacking in the porcupine mountains, was another perfect opportunity to down a 5-Hour Energy.
So what is the other Energy Drink that I brought with me backpacking? Well 5-Hour kept me going all day, but the Porcupine Mountains in Upper Michigan can have some pretty drastic climate changes. For this I thought I would bring a new drink called HC Hot Cocoa. This would serve as my morning beverage. I was fortunate enough to have 3 single serve sample packets to try out. All I had to do was boil some water and mix in the Energy HC Hot Cocoa and presto, I had a nice warm hot cocoa energy drink. This worked out perfectly since the morning temperature in the Porky's was usually hovering in the mid to low 50's. I have not actually done a review of HC Hot Cocoa but stay tuned it will be out shortly.
So backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains was a blast. The leaves were changing colors on the trees and the scenery was all around magnificent. I got to see sights like Lake of the Clouds, Lone Rock and countless others. We camped next to waterfalls and right on top of Lake Superior. I could not have asked for a better backpacking trip (except the pounding rain and gale force winds the night we camped next to Superior). I kept my pack to 40 pounds and had plenty of energy to spare thanks to 5-Hour Energy and HC Hot Cocoa. If you are looking for a great experience, give backpacking in the Porky's a try. And don't forget the energy!