Gear and Food Changes for the AT (Progress Update #19)

Hello all!

As of today (well, the day you’re reading this, at least) I am officially back on the Appalachian Trail, marching towards Maine! If you want the scoop on how that’s going I encourage you to check out The Trek where there is not only a recent post, talking about starting the trail again, but also the promise of regular from-the-trail updates for the next five months.

But that’s beside the point. Today I wanted to talk about the changes I’ve decided to make to my gear and food for this second leg of the AT.

1. Quantity of Food 

In November I very simply did not take enough food. I was also trying to go lower carbohydrates which wasn’t a terrible idea but, combined with not having my caloric needs completely met, didn’t end up going great. I was just pretty hungry the latter half

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Allll mai food. (Well, some of it.)

of the month. But it turned out okay because (as my family can assure you) I made up the deficit when I got home by devouring absolutely everything, all the time.

2.  Bigger Food Bag 

This goes hand in hand with number one. I needed more space for all my food.

That’s all! I probably won’t update this blog until after I’ve finished my hike, so if you want updates I once again encourage you to head over to The Trek, where you’ll get to see how my hike is really going.

This time I’ve increased my total calories from around 2700 to closer to 3200 and increased my carbohydrates as well. Hopefully I don’t feel as hungry this time.

3. Camp Shoes 

did bring camp shoes last time but they were flip flops. This sounded like a great idea at the time but, as it turns out, you cannot actually wear flip flops with socks. This makes midnight bathroom excursions 1000% less warm and/or convenient. I’ve got some new camp shoes now (not flip flops) to amend this situation.

4. SPOT Device 

So last time I was on the AT no one really knew where I was unless I had data. This was a bit concerning since I often didn’t have data, and it drastically increased the likelihood of dying alone on a mountaintop buried in snow. I’ve now bought a tracking device which will send my location to my concerned relatives every few minutes and let me ask for a rescue if needed. It mostly just gives everyone concerned some peace of mind.

5. Sleeping Bag

I got a quilt! There’s a lot of debate about whether sleeping bags or quilts but I’ve cast my lot in with quilts. I have a zero degree quilt now, and I’m hoping it’ll keep me warm this February.

6. Whistle 

I got a whistle, since it’s advice I’ve gotten several times. That’s all.

That’s all! I probably won’t update this blog until after I’ve finished my hike, so if you want updates I once again encourage you to head over to The Trek, where you’ll get to see how my hike is really going.

All the best,

Eliza

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