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    So I am working on the long-haul planning for a future Pacific Crest Trail hike. That is 2200 miles from Mexico to Canada.

    It will be a few years from now before I can actually go anywhere, but as you can imagine, it can take that long to plan for this trip.

    Any long haul hikers out there who want to chime in with primal/paleo tips or suggestions?

  • #2
    Sounds like a good challenge after I'm done with Kilimangaro.

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    • #3
      Get familiar with dehydrating food. Jerkies, fruits, veggies, pemmican, etc. You may even consider researching and making your own MREs (I know TAWFUNGUY does it). Also, invest in good, versatile equipment that can handle the change in weather patterns.

      I'll leave more nuanced stuff to those who have actually done long-distance hiking.
      Are you a college student, trying to navigate college while being Primal? Do you know any other PB college students on a tight budget? Heck, for that matter, are YOU trying to live Primal on a budget? Enroll at Primal University!

      For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either.
      -- Blaise Pascal

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      • #4
        Sounds like something that I've been thinking about for a long ass time now... I should follow this thread very closely...
        "All of God's creatures have a natural habitat... my dinner plate." -Me

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        • #5
          Ohhh, massive jealousy. I recently read "Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the PCT" and was totally captivated at the idea of the hike. I've nothing to offer really, other than my admiration for the idea.

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          • #6
            Wouldn't it be fun to get a bunch of Primal people together to do this hike?

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            • #7
              Awesome plan! There have been a few people doing long hikes on here, but not the PCT.. that's supposed to be one gorgeous hike! See jedigrok and the AT & more hiking advice. I also saw a post on here by someone new who did the AT, but pre-primal.

              I think the key is to find a good balance of staying lightweight & high in nutrition. It would be ideal if you have a support system back home; someone who could make jerky, pemmican, dried fruits/veggies, and ship them to you along the way. I've found that my own homemade stuff doesn't last too long without refrigeration, so if you don't have that support system you may need to buy shelf-stable which will either be expensive & good quality or cheap & less than ideal. I hear some people make pemmican that can last for the long haul, but I haven't had that luck (maybe they can chime in here).

              Some folks run mostly on fat, etc while hiking, but I tend to up the carbs a bit, especially in higher altitude (as I'm a flat-lander). Otherwise, my legs ache too much. Anyway, I'm not a thru-hiker (yet), as my plans for the CDT were called off for this year (boo), but I'm surrounded by boxes of supplies to remind me daily.

              Good luck with your planning... and thanks for starting the thread. Would like to see more info on this as always
              Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                Wouldn't it be fun to get a bunch of Primal people together to do this hike?
                That would be awesome... and maybe some nice folks who don't want to hike could send us primal resupply boxes!
                Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.

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                • #9
                  Jen, those are some really great links. Thank you. In the short term, I am looking at shorter hikes, like the John Muir Trail (215 miles / 21 days). All of the same advice still applies, just on a much smaller scale.

                  Does anyone know if Mark has ever posted information about long distance hiking / walking?

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                  • #10
                    Do a search for primal trail food on this site. I think the article i'm thinking of is from 2009. be sure to read all of the comments as well. lots of good primal food suggestions.
                    Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                    • #11
                      I'm so jealous!
                      Durp.

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                      • #12
                        I started the PCT this year and had to get off due to medical reasons a month later. For the most part, my food was primal. The problem was when you got to trail towns finding good quality foods. A few of the towns only had convenience store-type food. If I don't eat it at home, I'm unlikely to eat it when I hike (jerky, pasta sides, tortillas, sandwiches with questionable meats, etc). The exception was ice cream! Had a big craving for that! Plus I had a few bad reactions (heartburn, etc.) to some of the food that I dehydrated and was in my resupply boxes. The biggest challenge is having enough variety so that you don't tire of your food.

                        I also was a Trail Angel providing support for PCT hikers at McKenzie Pass in Oregon. I had a huge plastic box filled with some of my hiker food for give-away. Fortunately, most of it was taken. I came back with a shoebox of food. Like everyone else, the hikers, at this point, are tired of their food and looking for variety. Most of them told me how they stock up on fresh fruit (apples and oranges) and vegetables (onions and potatoes) when they're in town. Quite a few even bought huge bagels. All of the food that I made the hikers was primal, with the exception of the fry bread, and later when that ran out, grill bread. A few noticed that I didn't have any 'carbs' and chose to cook their own.

                        I plan to go back to Southern California and finish that section next year. Now that I have a good picture of waht's available in town, I can better plan for the hike.

                        Good luck.
                        "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, Guinness in one hand, steak in the other, yell 'Holy Sh**, What a Ride!" - You bet, I stole it!

                        Date: 9/14/11
                        Current Weight: 151.2
                        Inches: 360.25
                        Body Fat %: 32.7

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