Hiking the entire or even half the AT is just as easy, maybe easier, than hiking a week's worth. Doing a hike like that on the AT or the PCT is more like doing a tour of small-town America on foot. There are hundreds of people all around you. It's like a linear party, a special little community. You meet all these interesting characters all with funny names (mine was Piper), there's gossip that flows up and down the trail, there's funny stuff people write in trail registers, there are places people gather each day (the shelters on the AT, the water sources on the PCT). It's really a lot of fun. As far as strenuous goes, the PCT is actually easier than the AT because the trail is very gently graded most of the time. The AT tends to go straight up and straight down, no switchbacks. But the PCT has a lot of places with 20 or 30 miles between water sources. If you get ultralight backpacking gear, it makes it way easier. Nothing's worse than carrying 60lbs of useless heavy crap on your back.
Originally Posted by justyouraveragecavemen
I hiked the entire PCT in two large pieces in 2008 and 2009. I picked up one last little 80 mile chunk in 2010 (I'm a big weenie when it comes to fording deadly swollen sierra creeks) and I'm planning to do the last little 20 mile bit through the Station Fire detour in a few weeks. Then I will have completely 100% hiked the entire PCT (although this 20 mile bit through the Station Fire is a detour, not the actual trail. I doubt the actual trail will ever be there again.)
I'm not sure what it is on a weekly basis. I did some tracking for a few weeks with myfitnesspal and tried to aim for 1200 a day. Some days it was below that (like 1000), some days above (like 1700) but when I added in my exercise (and I think doing that is a totally bogus cheat because I know that exercise doesn't burn hardly any calories at all, at least for me) I was consistently around 1100.
Originally Posted by sakura_girl
Nowadays I vary my macros based on want. If I am getting hungrier, I might have a high fat meal or two. If high fat meals aren't doing it, I'll have a high protein meal. And if I start looking longingly at the bananas on the counter, then I have more fruit, usually, high sugar fruits like bananas, dates and dried fruit (I'm a recovering sugar fiend.)
I'd eat more berries if they weren't so goddam expensive. $5 for a little tiny container? I ate all the berries I could grab on the PCT for free. Someday I'm going to make a special trip stopping in Nor Cal to pick all the blackberries and thimble berries I can, then up to Washington for all the huckleberries and blueberries I can possibly scrounge.
Yesterday I managed a 20 hour fast. I was very hungry around dinner time but I didn't have dinner, made it through the night and was surprisingly not hungry at all around breakfast. I had liver and eggs for breakfast yesterday and today. I feel really warm today, radiating from my solar-plexus.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2