After years of mulling it over, I finally decided to hike again. My life is in a unique place that allows me to be absent for months. Completing my triple crown has always been a goal, so I decided that there is no better time than the present.
It also helps that my hiking partner, Kevin Jacobs, also wanted to hike this year. As the planning process has progressed, it has only fueled my excitement.
Planning for a hike involves a large number of logistics. On the Appalachian Trail, I pre-purchased food and had it mailed to me along the way. Of course the problem was I actually had no idea how much or exactly what I would want/need at each stop. Consequently my resupply boxes had a lot of items I just didn’t use and food I was quickly tired of.
On the Pacific Crest Trail, I bought my food in town as I went. That works well except that you are stuck with the selection the town has to offer. In many cases, that was fine, but it many other cases I found myself settling.
For this hike, I decided to return to pre-purchased food. I have been able to order exactly what I want – including specialty items like whole powdered milk and powdered butter. I also have the ability to buy in bulk which significantly offsets the cost of buying food in local stores. Have you seen grocery prices in a ski resort town?
After months of planning, weeks where there was a new box on the porch every day and hours of packaging, 29 resupply boxes are all packed and ready. Each one contains between 2-6 days of supplies. I can honestly say I’ve never been this organized for a hike before.