Monday, May 30, 2011

Heading for the Appalachian Trail

Tomorrow we head out of Boston to where we're going to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail.

The trail is 3,510 km long - we're only hiking about about 120 km of it over six days. (From Manchester, Vermont to Pittsfield, MA)

For summer trips we've stopped carrying a stove and our formula for food is simple - granola and milk powder for breakfast, trail mix for lunch, and bars and crackers for supper. (In this case we've also added peanut butter, dried fruit, and tofu jerky.) It might not be everyone's favorite diet, but it's simple and easy to obtain almost anywhere. We tracked down a local Whole Foods in Boston to do our shopping, but almost any grocery store would have been sufficient.

Since our trips have mostly been under a week, and us older types have slower metabolisms, about half a kilo (roughly a pound) per day per person works for us. Your mileage may vary.

In colder weather it's nice to have hot drinks and we might carry our Jetboil. But it's a hassle traveling with stoves and pretty much impossible to carry fuel on planes so it's definitely simpler to do without.

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