Some Guy’s (Mostly) Plant-Based Resupply
“Vegan PCT? Hmm, not much there. Plant-based PCT? Nope. Vegan thru-hike? Ah, this is alright,” I said to myself as I stared at a Google search bar, waiting for it to calculate the perfect PCT resupply strategy for me. I knew that the stare down with my computer would end in stalemate and frustration at my expense as usual.
I found useful information in the YouTube videos from Mary Mansfield (has a vegan specific version), Juliana Chauncey, and Homemade Wanderlust about resupply in general, but found that there was a sincere deficit in information that would support the journey that I wanted to take. As contemplated my options on long runs and even longer rock climbing sessions, I came to the liberating, yet taxing realization that no one could write my perfect resupply strategy for me, I needed a resupply strategy that would enable me to maintain my plant based diet, while enabling me to embrace the freedom of hiking my own hike without being tied to a strict postage schedule.
I wanted to limit the amount of boxes I sent myself because the concept of just showing up in a random town when I needed to resupply and just making do with whatever options available, seemed to align best with the uncertainty and adventure that I crave and the PCT offers. I knew I had to do my best to increase the variety and volume of information about plant-based PCT resupply.
First I want to highlight two companies The first is Nuttzo, a bar and nut/seed butter manufacturer that offers the best-tasting protein bars (contains egg white) and nut butters I’ve ever tasted (Matcha Almond BoldBite). The second company that I found abundant plant-based options, friendly staff, and wholesome ingredients was Outdoor Pantry, I recommend the Quinoa Black Bean Chili (my order came with a handwritten note).
My strategy was to purchase discounted bars as they came up at my local grocery stores, stock up on Nuttzo packets, raid my local bulk bins for dehydrated beans, veggies, oats, nutritional yeast, and textured vegetable protein, and order whatever I couldn’t find online (Harmony House, Amazon, etc.).
I compiled a list of what towns I would be sending boxes to using information on Guthook, google searches, my estimated mile average and the YouTube videos from above.
As I constructed my boxes, I generated a south to north numbered list to leave the person sending my boxes so that I could communicate with her and reference certain boxes by number so that she could add and subtract food and gear as needed.
2.Kennedy Meadows (Sierra gear)
7.Shelter Cove Resort
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Cheers and thanks,
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