Friday, March 18, 2011

Food for 5 days

It is that time of the year again. The dehydrator is humming along in the kitchen and I am making lists, one of my favorite things to do!  You see here most of the food I will be taking for the last section of my upcoming PCT hike, enough for 5 days. The only thing missing here are a few lunches (drying as I type), maps and my daily ration of gorp or gorp-like snacks.

I don't yet know what the food will weigh per day but I suspect it will be in the 1.5 pound range. It will be lighter than some years as I took the extra time to dehydrate all the tuna and chicken, rather than simply throwing single packets in, straight from the store. Young and strapping people can often eat 2-3 pounds of food per day but I couldn't possibly choke down that much food. There is a phenomena called "hikers hunger" which is supposed to hugely increase appetite but I've never been out longer than 3 weeks before so I have yet to experience  this.

Included in this re-supply is laundry soap, shampoo, TP, wet wipes (for dry camps) and some extra first aide supplies. I'll pick it up at Warner Springs Resort where I will spend the night in a bed, soak in hot springs and generally just laze about. I'll get here on day 10 so I'm really gonna need that shower!

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