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!