Fortunately we will not need to carry five months of food on our backs as we hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Instead we will resupply every few days at a town, post office, or small business which holds packages for hikers. This approach required a great deal of planning and preparation, which was by turns exciting and monotonous.
On the advice of many previous thru hikers, we are striving for variety in our trail diet. Thus, while planning, we taste tested numerous meal options. Drawing on our knowledge of thru hike nutrition, and in conjunction with our food planning math spreadsheets, we created a massive grocery list. We have just updated our Food page with many details about our food choices. You can access the page by clicking the “Food” link at the top of our blog.
Although we were organized before heading to the grocery store, we still spent several hours in the bulk food section. Shopping for variety while purchasing a large quantity of food takes time. It was exhilarating to see our extensive planning turn into piles of food in a shopping cart. We were surprised to realize how much food we will eat over the next five months. That really hit home when we saw all the food in one place.
The next step was to repackage what we’d bought. We created four varieties of homemade trail mix, then divided each mix into smaller portions. We also grouped ingredients to form two-person dinner packages. Next, we added the appropriate quantity of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to each of our 17 food resupply boxes. Finally, we added the correct map sets to each box.
You can see a photo of all the repackaged dinners on our Food page. Also, check out the Food page for the specifics of what we will consume on our five-month PCT thru hike.