The collection begins

We are starting to collect the food and equipment we will need for the PCT.


The gathering of food is the easy part; there is just a lot of it.  From our itinerary, we know how many days we will be gone, therefore we know how many breakfasts, lunches, and dinners we will need.  It is just a matter of buying all the food, dehydrating it, and vacuum sealing it.  It is a lot of work.  A few weeks ago we started to buy some food when we saw it on sale.  Costco, Sam’s Club and Walmart have low prices and a good selection.

One of the problems a lot of thru hikers have is they bring the same food for the whole trip.  Food is what keeps you hiking and if you cannot stand to eat the food you brought, it makes the trip that much harder.  Dinners are the most difficult meal for us to come up with good recipes that we all like on the trail.  Our problem child is Will.  He is one, annoying, picky eater!   Over the last 3 summers of hiking, we have been testing as many dinners as possible. We have found only 6 or 7 dinners that we all agree upon.

This is a good time to buy equipment with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas sales abound.   We have gotten a Gossamer Gear Gorilla backpack for Will, Uniqlo Ultra light down jackets for all family members, and a camera for Tim.  There is still  more equipment to purchase, like socks and shoes and a lot more food!

2 thoughts on “The collection begins

  1. When I was preparing for a thru hike of the AT in 1997, the person I hiked with laughed at me because I would eat 1/2 pkg of Ramen for dinner. When he met me in Troutdale and took me out to an All-You-Can-Eat, he was dumbfounded at what I could put away. But as for food on the trail, I couldn’t eat the # of calories I needed; if I were doing it again I would find different foods that had high calorie content and make sure I ate often. There is probably a lot more choice for buying foods today, although I sure would steer clear of products with high fructose corn syrup and a lot of unpronounceable additives. I’m so excited to see your trip unfold and wish you and your family success.

    Your kids sound like they have enough experience with backpacking and hiking – it’s just a matter of letting them set the pace, and keep them eating nutritious foods.


    • Over the years we have found a variety of meals which we look forward to having for dinner. We have worked hard to get 6-7 good dinners and 3-4 so-so dinners. There are two dinners that my son cannot stand. . . mashed potatoes and chili. We are hoping, when the hiker hunger sets in, he’ll eat them.

      My daughter is the slowest hiker in our group. She, like her brother, is not blessed with genetics for tallness, so her stride is small. She is very capable of walking fast, however her vivid imagination gets going and she is more preoccupied with the adventurers in her head than walking. It takes 1-2 weeks for her to work up a good hiking cadence. We do not tell her to walk faster, instead we tell her to take a little longer step. Her overall speed increases when she does that.


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