Aaron "Sling" Owens

Hello hikertrash foodies! Clinical dietitian by profession but spend my days dreaming of the outdoors. My blog focuses on experimentation with trail friendly ultralight foods, meal preparation, menu planning and resupply strategies. Hope you enjoy following my culinary experiments while thru hiking the Appalachian Trail starting 5/23/17.

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Planning a Thru-Hike in One Month or Less!

Planning a Thru-Hike in One Month or Less!

Many aspiring thru hikers spend years planning for their first thru-hike. I personally spent over 15 months planning for my 2017 PCT thru-hike.

Jul 16, 2017 : Aaron "Sling" Owens
Cutting pack weight by HALF and lessons learned!

Cutting pack weight by HALF and lessons learned!

Ok, folks! I will be the first to admit that prior to leaving for the PCT I truly believed I needed everything in my pack.  After researching gear,

May 21, 2017 : Aaron "Sling" Owens
It’s time for an ultralight meal planning makeover!

It’s time for an ultralight meal planning makeover!

Unexpected injuries ending thru hikes prematurely can be devastating! After hiking only 375 miles, I was forced off the trail due to a shoulder

May 19, 2017 : Aaron "Sling" Owens
PCT Food Review: Campo to Julian

PCT Food Review: Campo to Julian

Seventy-seven miles on the PCT in the books! I'm pain-free, feeling strong and enjoying what each new day brings! So here goes... PCT food review one

Apr 3, 2017 : Aaron "Sling" Owens
Greetings from Campo!

Greetings from Campo!

What an emotional day! Putting on the clothes that I plan to wear day after day for the next several months was the first reality check of the

Mar 25, 2017 : Aaron "Sling" Owens
Getting Organized! Homemade Meals and Resupply Boxes

Getting Organized! Homemade Meals and Resupply Boxes

Okay, so I pulled it off! Fourteen 5000 calorie menus within my two pound daily goal for a grand total of 345 pounds of food! How on earth am I going

Mar 24, 2017 : Aaron "Sling" Owens
Ultralight Meal Preparation and Menu Planning

Ultralight Meal Preparation and Menu Planning

For those that have followed previous post for examples of recipes that made the final cut. An additional forty-one bars, snacks and treats are also

Mar 22, 2017 : Aaron "Sling" Owens
Crunch Time for The Foodie!

Crunch Time for The Foodie!

First off, I want to share how excited I am about the number of hikers worldwide that have shared interest in improving nutrition while thru hiking.

Feb 17, 2017 : Aaron "Sling" Owens
The Ugly Truth About Pop-Tarts!

The Ugly Truth About Pop-Tarts!

  "You're not going to tell me pop-tarts aren't ultralight, are you?!? Actually, that's exactly what I'm saying. A significant amount of my

Feb 9, 2017 : Aaron "Sling" Owens
Wait! You’re telling me Mountain House isn’t ultralight?!?

Wait! You’re telling me Mountain House isn’t ultralight?!?

When buying ultralight gear thru hikers expect high performance for minimal weight. They should have the same performance expectations of food.

Jan 30, 2017 : Aaron "Sling" Owens