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Gronk - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2013

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City: Ottawa
State: ON
Country: Canada
Begins: Apr 14, 2013
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Sat, Mar 30th, 2013

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The Kitchen

I've decided to go with the Evernew Ti .9 litre pot. I've had this pot since I biked to The Maritimes in 2002. The stove will be a Fancy Feast cat food can, home-made alcohol-burning stove, seen on the left with the holes punched into it. When used with an aluminum foil windscreen, sitting askew in the pot in the photo, 3/4 oz of denatured alcohol will boil 2 cups of water in about 8 minutes. You add the dry ingredients just as the fuel burns out and it's coming back to a boil, and then shove the pot into the home-made Reflectix cozy (pipe insulation), wait 15 minutes or so and your meal is cooked. More or less. :)

I'm taking the hiker's traditional carb-loaded food with me to get me going for the first 4 days, but like I said somewhere else, I really want to go 'primal' and avoid the insulin bomb that comes from eating carbs. All hikers complain about being hungry constantly. This will prove to be an interesting experiment.

Also in the picture is a small fuel measuring cup and cloth on the left, a J-Cloth which may or not go, my cut down Lexan spoon (so it fits into the pot), a can opener which won't get much use, and a Light My Fire mini firesteel. When you strike the ferrocerium rod you get 3000 degree C sparks. It's a fun bushcraft-type toy but I'll probably just rely on a couple of mini Bic lighters.

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Gronk On The A.T.

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more:


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