78 days and counting!
I believe I am nearing the end of my food prep. There are only a few odds and ends to purchase and package at this point. Yesterday was my biggest food day by far. I packaged and organized about 126,000 calories. Its pretty remarkable how many calories are going to be required!
I have calculated my calorie requirements for the trail to be around 600,000 on the low end, and 700,000 on the high end.
There are multiple ways to plan your food for the PCT. One methodology is to ship the majority of your food from home to different supply points on the trail. Another is to purchase your food exclusively on the trail. And finally, there is a hybrid model where you ship some food from home to the hard to resupply locations and buy the remainder of your food on the trail.
There are arguments for an against each resupply strategy. I decided early on I would ship my food from home, and only pick up incidental items while I am in town. This will ensure I have a consistent supply of reasonably healthy food, while cutting down on time in town. There is always the risk of getting sick of the food you are sending yourself. However, I have a very wide variety of foods I packaged, so hopefully this wont be an issue. The one caveat to this is trail mix. Its LOADED with calories and I generally like it, but I can foresee having my fill.
I took a few days of PTO from work in addition to the time off my company offers. As a result I have 17 days off work. Its been great to be able to spend a lot of time prepping for the trail.
My husband made an interesting observation a few nights ago while on our way home from a holiday party. He said, “When you start talking about the trail, you instantly become “The Most Interesting Man in the World” (a nod to the dos equis commercials). He went on to say the where ever I am, the room stops and all attention focuses on me. People are awestruck that I am planning to hike 2600 miles over 5 months.
You can see envy in many of their eyes. While they may not want to hike for 5 months, many would LOVE to take 5 months for a grand adventure. My only advise to them is, DO IT! While 5 months might be to long for most people, I believe everyone needs to take the time to experience their “dreams”.