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Appalachian Trail

Postby alohakid » Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:52 pm

Aloha gang - My brother-in-law plans to do the Appalachian Trail next March (by himself)... I will supply him with MRE/rations... my question, those with personal experience, could you please make suggestion/comments on the type of food to bring?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby steve1989 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:59 pm

I have done some research on hiking the AT - and most folks say go with easy prep, low cost, calorie dense food.

If your brother in law needs a food sponsor along his trip, I'll gladly throw a few rations in the hat so to speak. I could send them to you Mahalo - or send them to him at a set up PO or trusted address along the way. Could be a nice morale boost.

I have no personal experience, always wanted to do the AT but never had the time/funding.

Type in YT search "appalachian trail food prep" - it could help you with getting some ideas too.

I hope there is someone here who has some more solid intel than I can provide for ya Mahalo - and best of luck to your brother-in-law for his adventure next March! :)
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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby housil » Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:00 am

I´ve been there too and walked it - for 30 mins :mrgreen:

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Rations are nice, but you have to carry their weight too. When we are on hikes, I´d like to bring some wet MREs with me but also like to carry some freezedried ones to reduce weight and you don´t need a whole MRE for each meal.

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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby alohakid » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:52 am

steve1989 wrote:I have done some research on hiking the AT - and most folks say go with easy prep, low cost, calorie dense food.

If your brother in law needs a food sponsor along his trip, I'll gladly throw a few rations in the hat so to speak. I could send them to you Mahalo - or send them to him at a set up PO or trusted address along the way. Could be a nice morale boost.

I have no personal experience, always wanted to do the AT but never had the time/funding.

Type in YT search "appalachian trail food prep" - it could help you with getting some ideas too.

I hope there is someone here who has some more solid intel than I can provide for ya Mahalo - and best of luck to your brother-in-law for his adventure next March! :)


steve1989 - Thank you very much for the suggestions/offer, means a lot! At this point, just gathering info to help my bot-in-law... good call on the YT search, tons of stuff there, thanks again!

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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby alohakid » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:00 pm

housil wrote:I´ve been there too and walked it - for 30 mins :mrgreen:

USA 2014 765.JPG

USA 2014 778.JPG

Rations are nice, but you have to carry their weight too. When we are on hikes, I´d like to bring some wet MREs with me but also like to carry some freezedried ones to reduce weight and you don´t need a whole MRE for each meal.



housil- Thank you for the advice, will pass that on. You are truly MR TRAVELING MAN! Crusing with kman, Appalachian trail... you've been to American places I only dream about! :lol: :lol:

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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby ASP » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:09 pm

alohakid wrote:Aloha gang - My brother-in-law plans to do the Appalachian Trail next March (by himself)... I will supply him with MRE/rations... my question, those with personal experience, could you please make suggestion/comments on the type of food to bring?

Thanks in advance!

mahalo


Hey there, first post ever so bear with me.
I live very near the AT and have done specific trails and mountains, but not the entirely. I agree with packing light, and plenty of water with drink mix if you prefer, since it's averaging 90 out(in SW VA that is), not that it will be that hot in March, but the sun is hot when you're climbing verticals often. Where I am, there's a good chance of midday rain, so consider this with clothing, food prep, fuel options. I guess the only other words of wisdom is pertaining to the strength of smells in your rations. Assuming he is camping on the trail or nearby, bears will be around and love some smelly food, although watching some vids, they rations don't seem to be too offensive in smell.

That all said, I'm new to the ration world (in fact I've never had one), so when I packed for a day trip, it was a camelback of water with purification tabs, a protein bar or two, nut butter on bread, fruit slices, and B vitamins or a squeezable B for my water. Hope this helped a bit
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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby alohakid » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:33 pm

ASP wrote:
alohakid wrote:Aloha gang - My brother-in-law plans to do the Appalachian Trail next March (by himself)... I will supply him with MRE/rations... my question, those with personal experience, could you please make suggestion/comments on the type of food to bring?

Thanks in advance!

mahalo


Hey there, first post ever so bear with me.
I live very near the AT and have done specific trails and mountains, but not the entirely. I agree with packing light, and plenty of water with drink mix if you prefer, since it's averaging 90 out(in SW VA that is), not that it will be that hot in March, but the sun is hot when you're climbing verticals often. Where I am, there's a good chance of midday rain, so consider this with clothing, food prep, fuel options. I guess the only other words of wisdom is pertaining to the strength of smells in your rations. Assuming he is camping on the trail or nearby, bears will be around and love some smelly food, although watching some vids, they rations don't seem to be too offensive in smell.

That all said, I'm new to the ration world (in fact I've never had one), so when I packed for a day trip, it was a camelback of water with purification tabs, a protein bar or two, nut butter on bread, fruit slices, and B vitamins or a squeezable B for my water. Hope this helped a bit


ASP - First, Welcome aboard... secondly, wow, great info/suggestions will definitely pass these on... speaking of not yet having and MRE, if you have one, Army-Navy stores usually carry them and course eBay is another source... we have members who specialize in US or International rations... THANKS AGAIN!

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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby rationtin440 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:28 am

About 15 years ago some friends and I hiked the AT looking for cold war artifacts and we had trail mix and some MH freeze-dried entrees.

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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby alohakid » Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:52 pm

rationtin440 wrote:About 15 years ago some friends and I hiked the AT looking for cold war artifacts and we had trail mix and some MH freeze-dried entrees.



rationtin440 - Thanks for your input... may I ask how long was your hike and did you find any cold/civil war artifacts?

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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby rationtin440 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:34 pm

we did not find anything but we were only out for 2 days


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