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Try some backpacking forums for more answers (backpacking.com is a good one - of course I'm on there too). Years ago, when at another company I worked in a Quality Assurance lab - and one of the company's products that was tested was styrifoam containers and we would have a pallet of eggs shipped from one plant to another around the country testing for egg breakage (in a refrigerated truck too) --- then they would be shipped back to us here in NY - where they were housed in a warehouse - not refrigerated. And after several weeks the eggs were basically given away. I got some - and lived. Boy Scouts were given several pallets of the eggs over the years too.
Now, another answer via Google - and from a backpacker.
How can I stop eggs spoiling on the trail?
Q: I have a weakness for eggs. Love 'em. Don't care what they'll do to me, I have to have them. In the Navy, eggs are coated with a thin wax layer that will keep them fresh for about a month. Can I get these eggs somewhere, or can I do this myself? Also how long will a raw egg stay good when unrefrigerated? I would love to enjoy my eggs no matter how long I may be on the trail.
A: I like eggs, too, and often take them backpacking. Eggs are extremely long lasting, and I am hard put to imagine a scenario in which they would not stay good for as long as you care to lug them. Two weeks, easy. Fresh eggs, in fact, have natural bacteria-killing agents and actually will last longer than unrefrigerated hard-boiled eggs. In short, you can pack in as many eggs as you think you'll want to eat (or carry—eggs are pretty heavy) and not worry much about spoilage. And, well, if one does go bad, you'll know about it when you crack it open. Does the phrase "smells like a rotten egg" mean anything to you? That's hydrogen sulfide you smell, and it's potent stuff. No mistaking it.
Anyway, the wax bit was an attempt to "seal" the shell, which is porous, and prevent bacteria from getting inside. You can do this at home—just dip the eggs in warm paraffin wax. But I don't think it'll make much difference for you.
Personally I've camped for over a week with a couple of decent coolers - upgrading the ice as needed and we always had eggs with us and never had a problem. So they may have been in some cold ice water sometimes ... as I stated before ... I still live.