To Drop or Not to Drop – That Is the Question!

I have backpacked lots. Bears don’t bother me, black flies can be managed, snow is not a problem, even zombies don’t give me any camper angst. What still boosts my anxiety to neurotic levels is this question: “To drop or not to drop?”

This is an important question, no doubt. It depends on a few basic variables: how much food are you willing to carry, how far is it between resupply points, your hiking pace, and finally, what and where are your mail drop options.

This information is available between the Guthook navigation app, guidebooks such as AWOL, and certainly the internet. However, after devouring all the above, my “dropbox anxiety” levels were still unhealthy. So I did what all hyper types A’s do—create a spreadsheet!

This helped me tremendously. The general conclusion is there are only a few places on the AT where I may have to carry more than five days of food based on my expected pace. So I can now relax> I’ve decided NOT to dropbox.

Dudley’s AT Resupply Guide >> HERE       SEE ALL PAGES  

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Comments 4

  • John Waugaman : Feb 24th

    Nice spreadsheet and thanks for sharing. Have a great hike and eat well. Hike on…………………

    • Sherpa Mike : Feb 24th

      If you stick to all six pages of that plan without deviation, I’ll buy you a six pack. I only did the first week given previous experiences and I’ve already changed the plan. Hitting Approach Trail 3/30. Hope to see you out there.

      • Dudley : Feb 24th

        ha ha… totally with yah. I have no intention of claimin’ that 6 pack :)…. the chart is my list of options, not a to-do guide. My general plan is to travel north and stop occasionally for food… REPEAT!

    • Bruce Watts : Feb 25th

      Thanks John… I can’t wait! 40 days until Springer!


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