To Answer Your Questions…

This post is more for my friends and family as opposed to the hiker world. Every time I call my mom, she has a question about how I do this or how I do that. I answered a lot of these questions for the curious ones before my departure, but now that I’m actually thru-hiking, I can show pictures!

First off, everything I need to survive fits into a 62 liter pack. Seems small, right? But the whole point of this hike is getting back to the basics of surviving. I call my pack my home at the moment.  It carries my food, water, shelter, clothes, bed, and a few unnecessary items. At first, it usually weighed between 25 and 30lbs…. then hiker hunger kicked in… sheesh..


My world fits in 62 liters….

Where do I sleep every night? Drew (Hooter) and I share a tent. We get to split the weight, so we only carry a pound and a half of shelter a piece. We have our own sides and doors so we don’t have to crawl over eachother. It is waterproof,  comfortable,  and quite roomy.


Our Big Agnes Mansion!

Cooking? I get a lot of hell for being in town often. We average every 3 to 4 days. This isn’t cheating, this is necessary for sanity purposes. So, yes…. I get to eat pizza, tacos, and burgers at least twice a week. Now, while we are surviving in the woods, I can whip up some of the best meals ever! Mashed potatoes with summer sausage and cheese, pastas with bacon and cheese, and even Ramen can become fancy when I cook it. I have a MSR pocket rocket that does the cooking for me. For lunch I eat sandwiches and for breakfast I eat English muffins with cream cheese. In between meals, I constantly snack on granola bars, trail mix, doritos, beef jerky, and various candy bars. Right now, it’s all about calories, fat, protein, fiber, carbs, and sodium. I eat like a 15 year old boy going through a growth spurt. Of course, I take a multi-vitamin.


My morning coffee brewing!

Do I sleep on the hard ground? Nope! I sleep on Neo Air inflatable pad that is super comfy. I use a Marmot 20° sleeping bag that makes me sweat because it’s so warm. So no, mom… I won’t freeze to death.

What about water? I don’t buy a case of bottled water from gas stations. I rely on streams and springs. I have a Sawyer filter that takes care of any yuckie that may have gotten into a stream. I filter water about 3 to 4 times a day. Better safe than sorry!



My life saver!

What if it rains? This is just something I deal with. It doesn’t keep me from hiking, it just makes me hike faster. Everything in my pack is in a dry sack. I wear a tarp poncho that covers my body and my pack. It does a damn good job!


Do we look like condoms or turtles?

Do I see any wildlife?  No bears! I probably just hike right past them. I have seen plenty of snakes and bunnies!


Harmless and cute

Are we ever alone? No, we haven’t camped alone yet… and sometimes we wake up to about 20 tents surrounding us!


I call this tent city

I hope this post answers a few questions for everyone. I am having a blast. I am beyond thrilled to know that with the exception of going to town every now and then, I am able to survive with everything that will fit on my back. I can also build a mean fire these days!

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Comments 2

  • mwb : May 29th

    What are those rain covers that look like a turtle and/or condom?

    • Jennifer Williams : May 30th

      They are sea to Summit tarp ponchos


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