For many years now I have been using my own Sports-drink to power my hikes, trail-runs, and backpacking. I use Country time Lemonade and Mortons Lite Salt (mostly potassium with a small amount of sodium).
Surprisingly I have not tired of this stuff, and it provides 1/2 the calories per hour I need. I have backpacked a 50k a day with 6000 feet of gain, and this, what I call my "IV drip", of sports-drink powers me all day. This powered my 3.5 day trek around the Wonderland Trail too.
I go up South Sister as my local (Bend, OR) conditioning hike (11miles RT / about 5000' of gain). I have done this hike without my sports-drink and I get leg cramps about 1/2 mile before the rim-summit (happened more than once). When I do this with my sports-drink, I have all the energy I need supplemented with another 100cal / hour of food, and I never get leg cramps.
Recipe: follow normal Country Time proportions + 1/4th tsp of Mortons Lite Salt per liter.
Again, this works well for me and is a fraction of the cost of "sports drinks". I buy my Country Time in the massive size at Costco (only sold during summer). Also, since I've been using this I no longer need to take S-Caps to supplement my "salts". I do take a small vile of a combination of Morton's Lite Salt + regular table salt to match the potassium + sodium proportions of S-Caps, if I need more salt on a hot day.
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I love sports-bars. Because they collect all the people I don't want to hang out with and put them in one room.
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