Resupply…it feeds your hike

Resuppy…it’s what will keep you in the game on your AT Thru Hike.

So…I’m reading the AT Thru Hiker’s Companion (an older copy I found online) to help me better prepare for this Thru Hike.  It’s a good little document and THANKs to ATC and ALDHA for putting this together!

It’s very detailed and has some GREAT information about the huts, outfitters and resupply points.  As I’m reading this, I come to realize I need a PLAN to work out my resupply along the AT.

At first, I considered doing the resupply by mail drops, but after thinking through this, it will be costly to mail AND also restrictive in making me meet up at a post office to get my box.

Then I considered a drop box method (sending things ahead along the trail so that I don’t have to carry it.  Again, It’d be costly and restrictive on my schedule.

So, that leaves me with resupply along the trail in trail towns.  While I’m not sure it’s cost effective (small towns as the only choice seem to hike (pun intended) on the prices.

This leads me to “more online research” to see what others have done.  I’m not sure how AT Thru Hikers did it back in the day without all of this information on the Internet about Thru Hiking…I guess they just “winged it” and obviously they were successful!  Way to go, you Trail Blazers from the past.

I found this one site — “Wandering the Wild”  who made a plan with 2 tenets…1) stay close to trail and 2) mostly vegetarian.    I like #1, but as for #2…that’s not a requirement for me.  Additionally, they used a combination or hybrid of local town purchases and food drops.  HMMMM, I kinda like that idea, but again….planning will be key.

As for now, I’ll keep reading about food resupply and look at building a plan over the next few months.

Resupply Planning…you have to be a master logistician to make this work!

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Comments 2

  • Gail Barrett : Aug 8th

    We’re planning on resupplying as we go by mailing boxes to ourselves, then supplementing with whatever we can find locally. The main reason is that there are specific (healthy) foods I want to eat, and I don’t think the typical convenience store will carry them. I don’t want to eat junk food for six months, and I don’t think we can count on finding good supermarkets everywhere we go. I understand that this restricts our movements somewhat, but I’d rather be able to count on getting a few important things. We’ll do this for the first half, in any case, and then reassess. (We plan to come home for a few days at the midpoint, so we can always change our minds.)

    • LarryBoy : Aug 10th

      Gail, Good plan! Always getting “things you like” to eat will help make for a better transition into the trail. I like having a “known” food supply, but still can’t imagine mailing all of those boxes. 🙁 LarryBoy


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