Food & Resupply

"How are you going to find food on the trail? Hunting? Foraging? That seems so cool!"

Yes. Yes, it does. And no. No, we aren't.

There isn't enough time in the day to forage for your basic needs while attempting a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, never mind enough to sustain 15-18 mile days of hiking sustainably. Nor would I wish to, as there is so little wilderness available for our animal, fungal, and plant cousins to find the nourishment they need for life, why should I take from their little? Instead, hikers of the AT plan out their food needs and how to resupply along the way.

We have purchased enough food to create breakfast and dinner meals for about 90 days (the hike will last 180± days). We have also purchased about 45 days' worth of snacks and a few items we may wish to have with lunches. These breakfasts, dinners, and snacks are being packed into resupply boxes and addressed to various post offices, hostels, and visitor centers with an estimated date of arrival.

The first hundred miles worth of boxes are already on their way. And thanks to our dear friend Karen R., they will continue being sent out from Massachusetts as we hike north. Each contains roughly 3-5 days of food per box, the approximate number of days between trail towns. Most of these boxes only have about 2/3s of our daily caloric requirements (approximately 6000 per day), so we'll supplement them in town when we pick them up. [Buy us a snack!]

We decided not to plan out the entire resupply schedule so we can determine what is working or not as we journey along. There are many opportunities in trail towns to resupply, and we will be able to make changes to our trail diet as needed.

What else would you like to know? In love questions. Ask away!