Monday, March 9, 2009

Appalchian Trail - Still figuring things out


App Trail general info. I know several of you are starting your hike soon so I wanted to share some things that have worked for me.
For breakfast honey buns have worked great. I like to hike a couple of miles to get warmed up and then have a honey bun with Gatorade or hot choc. For lunch I have cheese and crackers, fig newtons, trail mix, etc. I am going to start packing bagel and peanut butter for lunches. I am a firm believer in some kind of recovery food within thirty mins of the end of your hike. Those of you that know me know I swear by choc milk. I often make some kind of choc cereal with powdered milk. I use the milk left over for hot choc. I usually have some form of pasta later as well. I pour the water from the pasta into bottle and add Gatorade. I often snack on trail mix or cheese and crackers later at night.
Instead of relying on bladders I use a small Gatorade bottle in pocket and large one with pack. Much easier to get to, especially when everything keeps freezing.

3 comments:

MGK said...

About a year ago I got into day hiking -- and now I'm afraid the backpacking bug is biting me BIG time -- especially since I'm relatively close to the AT. Following you blog with great interest - congrats on taking up such a challenge. No rush at all, but when you have an opportunity, could you please post specifics about your gear -- what worked, what didn't, recommendations, etc...

Anonymous said...

It's so neat to recognize where you were when you took this photo! Just the trail along a ridge on the way towards Tray Mtn. right? I hiked to Tray maybe 20 times. It's a special place when the clouds move through it.

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