Saturday, February 25, 2012


Getting closer and closer to my departure date and my biggest dilemma to this point is FOOD!!!! You would think gear, logistics, missing family and friends would be the biggest questions on my mind (and don't worry they are big ones), but what to eat while away has me a little nervous.

For the most part I eat a pretty healthy diet at home. Usually a high protein, low fat combination with the occasional fast food binge to satisfy my emotional cravings on high stress days. With that being said I really haven't seen a lot of salad bars in the woods during my hiking adventures.  So what is a person to do?

I usually manage while hiking over a few days on dehydrated or freeze dried meals, but my cravings for vegetables, grilled chicken or steaks and strangely enough salads start calling after the first day.

So with all this being said here is what I have deduced for my menu up to this point:
     *  Dehydrate meals to eat healthier and save money!!
     *  Utilize store bought sides (such as Knorr meals, etc) with added veggies and proteins
     * Add in a few Mountain House meals.
     *  Stop at every restaurant that I can find along the way.

I am hoping that the one or two people who may check in on this blog can help me out a bit.....If you have any good recipes that you may have tested out and are willing to share please do so!!!! The more variety I have the better off I will be.  There is no doubt I will come back much lighter than my couch potato body has become, but I would like to avoid hitting the 2/3 point on the trail and feel like bailing (like so many others) due to lack of nutrition and poor heath.

I appreciate any help/recipes that you may have to offer.  Please leave them in the comment section below this post if you have the time.  I will try to add entries and videos of what I have come up with under the "Food Labs" tab of this blog for anyone interested.

As always...Thanks for tuning in and your support!!!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dehydrated Trail Food - Spaghetti with meat sauce, mushrooms and peas

This is my version of pasta with meat sauce, mushrooms and peas.  I apologize for the blurry video during some sections.  This recipe can be adjusted to suit your personal needs and also used with a store bought pasta sauce. I spent under $20 to make a batch which produced 16 5.5oz servings.  I hope you enjoy the recipe and please feel free to leave comments about your modifications.  Thanks for taking the time to watch and I hope this helps in planning meals for your future hikes.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cell Phones for the Appalachian Trail!!!

This post is mainly for anyone that may be considering taking  a cell phone with them while hiking the Appalachian Trail......

Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2012 - Introduction

This is just a short introduction video for my upcoming Appalachian Trail Thru Hike attempt.  I hope to follow this with a series of videos and journal entries that encompass the Preparation Stages for this endeavor.  Thanks for taking the time to follow my adventure and if you have any questions or comments I will do my best to address them.

Happy Trails!!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2012

 (Arch at the Approach Trail to Springer Mountain)


I will be posting a series of videos and blog entries that have to do with the preparation that I will be doing in order to pull off this great adventure.

Part 1 - Introduction
Part 2 - Preparation - Gear
Part 3 - Preparation -Planning
Part 4 - Preparation - Food
Part 5 - Preparation - Conditioning

If there are questions or topics that you would like me to discuss further please post a comment and I will try to address as many as I can before I leave.  I also will be posting video and journal entries from the trail to keep friends and family up to date with my progress as well as providing any information that may help future hikers follow there dreams.

As always...thanks for taking the time to watch and read my blog!!!!

Happy Trails


Friday, February 10, 2012

Benton Mackaye Trail - Section 4

I have finally got my video editing software working and have started compiling videos of trips that I have taken since our West Highland Way adventure.  This is a section of the Benton Mackaye Trail that I completed after returning.  This is also the trip that gave me a stress fracture in my right foot that will hopefully be healed enough for my AT trip this spring.  Hope you enjoy the videos and thanks for taking the time to watch!!!