What Do Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Eat? [VIDEO]

One of the best parts about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is a human’s capacity to consume ungodly amounts of food without consequence to his/her waistline.  In fact, despite eating like a pregnant Godzilla, the vast majority of thru-hikers will lose significant amounts of weight during their trek- sometimes too much.  While the rest of society is overpaying for 100-calorie packets of cardboard snacks, thru-hikers are doubling up on their meals and covering them in peanut butter.

But what foods are the best to carry?  How much and what foods should they be eating on the Trail? And in town? To send mail drops or not to send mail drops? How do you get by if you’re vegan or gluten free?

Related reading: “Eat Me! A Hiker’s Caloric Consumption On and Off the Trail“.

Fear not, for Kori Feener answers all these questions and more in the video below.

Have your own Appalachian Trail / backpacking questions?  Let us know in the comments below and Kori will answer them in a future video.

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