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User Info So You're Hiking? What Do You Eat?; entered at 2017-04-12 10:29:11
Posts: 148477
Registered: 2007-06-26
Trust me -- if you're out on the AT, obviously thru-hiking (it's very obvious from the kit you have on if you're intending more than a couple of days out there) and you have a roll over your waist belt you're NOT doing it just for "****s and grins." I can tell you with utter certainty that sticking a dozen miles underfoot on that terrain for days straight when I massed 210 would have been a ****ing nightmare, and I've seen people WAY more overweight than I ever was out there.

Everyone doing it has a story, and some of them are sad. The highest probability to actually have more than a minute-long conversation is when you're either filling water (takes a while to filter/treat/etc and where it's available, it's available) or stopping to eat. I had one couple I saw ask about my bear can when I was sitting on a log having lunch (I carry it on top between the main pack and "brain", so it's quite visible) and I explained my view of the trade-offs -- they seemed to find it worth consideration for the future...
2017-04-12 10:29:11