I am facinated by the concept of Ultralight Weight / Ultralong Distance hiking and backpacking and the logistics involved with cooking food and caring for your body's caloric needs while on the trail for so many miles for so many days.
What would a 'normal' day's meal(s) be like for you? How often did you prepare your meal by means of cooking or heating your food and what type of stove did you use? Were there days when you didn't even use a source of heat (stove) for your meal?
My personal mealtime experiences while backpacking have often been times that brought the hiking group together for a social and even bonding event. The warm food, the good tastes and the 'reward' of a good or even great meal on the trail always seemed worth the effort and work it took to make that meal happen while out on the trail. Of course, most meals like this probably wouldn't fit the parameters for an Ultralight / Ultralong distance hike.
I would almost think that mealtime on an Ultralight / Ultralong distance hike would reduce the mealtime experience to 'another bodily function' that needs to be taken care of. Probably there is much more to the long distance experience that I don't understand.
Your views on these 'mealtime' topics would be appreciated.