|Fontana Dam, NC||166||12||Full Resupply (6 days thru GSMNP)|
|Kincora Hiking Hostel||412||246||19||Resupply staples|
|Pearisburg, VA||626||214||16||Swap winter gear for summer weight|
|Waynsboro, VA||853||227||17||Resupply staples|
|Harpers Ferry, WV||1013||160||12||Full Resupply|
|Delaware Water Gap, PA||1284||271||20||Full Resupply|
|Dalton, MA||1560||276||21||Resupply staples|
|Hanover, NH||1737||177||14||Swap gear for winter weight|
|Pinkham Notch, NH||1865||128||11||Resupply staples|
|Monson, ME||2064||199||18||Full Resupply (100 Mile Wilderness)|
|Katahdin, ME||2184||120||12||Trail's End!|
I'm going to do the bulk of my resupply at grocery stores along the way. I'll supplement that with some staples I can buy in bulk, and that I may not be able to find in stores. Things like dehydrated vegetables and beans from Harmony House, Nido dried milk, instant hummus, quinoa, powdered cheese, tomato powder, Ova Easy powdered eggs ... I won a year's supply of various Clif Bar products in a contest, and I'll be splitting those up into each box. I'm sponsored by Emergen-C and will be getting enough vitamin packets to supply me, and to give away to fellow hikers So they'll be split up into all the boxes. I've got the unbound version of the AT guide, so relevant sections will be placed in each box.
This topic is always a controversial one on hiking forums. Many experienced thru-hikers were perfectly satisfied with the food they found along the way, and swear they wouldn't tie their itineraries to drop boxes if they did it over. I expect that my hybrid approach will add some complexity to my hike, but that it will also provide me with better nutrition along the way. The proof will be in later blog posts ... Stay tuned!