We've had a lot of questions recently about our products and the Marathon des Sables.
Mainly people have been wondering "can you make your meals with cold water?" and also "how much longer do they take with cold water?".
The answer is, as usual, that it depends.
Some of the meals hydrate really well without hot water, and some don't. Specifically:
To test this out, Luke and Hazel Robertson took a bunch of our meals with them on the MdS last year, making them up in lightweight plastic water bottles. We thought the feedback was pretty positive...
"Took this - and other meals - with us on this year's Marathon des Sables and made everyone very jealous. Cooked it in the sun while others mucked around with stoves. Healthy, tasty and calorie packed goodness that was filling and great for recovery..."
Photo credit: Luke and Hazel Robertson
We also stock a number of ingredients in the "make your own expedition meal" section of our website. Again, some of these hydrate very well with cold water, some less so:
On a quick aside for anyone making our meals with cold water in cooler climates than the desert - the above information still applies, but you should add a bit of extra time. People have made the meals using cold water high up in snowy mountains before without any problems, except maybe needing a bit of extra patience ;-).
Nutrition Planning for the Marathon des Sables
The toll that a race like the MdS takes on your body is immense. Getting your nutrition right is both difficult and critical.
Expedition meals can form a useful part of your nutrition plan, but your body will need more variety.
We found this blog post about multi stage race nutrition extremely useful, and also this video from Sarah Williams talking about her food choices for the MdS.
I hope this article was helpful in letting you know which of our products may (or may not) be suitable for the Marathon des Sables, and for other trips you would prefer not to take a stove on!
Very best of luck to everybody running!!
Jess & TentMeals