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SoloGirl - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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City: Minneapolis
State: Minnesota
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 26, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 26th, 2009
Start: Timberline
End: Cascase Locks
Daily Distance: 25
Trip Distance: 756.0

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Lunch time!

What Do You Eat on the Trail?

People often ask: What do you eat when you're on the trail? Easy answer: Anything and everything you can get your hands on.

Long Answer: It depends on what you like to eat. There are 3 main criteria for food: (1) weight/calorie ratio (is it too heavy, does it have lots of calories) (2) can it survive the trip (smooshiability test) (3) taste. But it's really anything that won't go bad in your pack. If you have a long haul (Sierras) then you've got to focus on high calorie, dehydrated food. But most resupplies are less than 4 days, so you can bring what you want- if you're willing to pack the weight. Here is an example of what people brought to eat on a 2-day, 50 miles hike from Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood to Cascade Locks in Oregon.

MoSho- bagel, avocado sandwich

Emily- cold pizza

One of the 38's (there's a group of 3-4 guys who are called the "38's", I think, because they hike in a group and were sure they could hike 38 miles through the desert)- crushed cereal & crushed chips.

Avocados are a huge luxury and are greatly sought after on the trail- high calorie and they taste so yummy! No hiker turns down an avocado but they only last 1 or 2 days out of town. I had this trick of packing frozen breakfast sandwiches (like Jimmy Deans) and they'd be good for the first 2 days on the trail. I really craved bread and sandwiches, so I'd pack Hawaiian Bread for my sandwich bread because it smooshed nice, didn't crumble and was full of preservatives so they could last 4-5 days out! I'd eat oatmeal pies for my treats. I really relied on Crystal Light individual packets to make any meal complete or to take the hunger edge off. Crystal light was momma's little helper on the trail. It's funny because I don't touch any of this stuff off the trail.

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SoloGirl's Guide To The PCT

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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