A guest post by Alyssa Engiles
Hi all, I’m Alyssa! Jessica was kind enough to invite me to write a blog post about my upcoming vegan adventure of hiking the Appalachian Trail! As a relatively new vegan and a novice backpacker, planning to attempt a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail has been quite a learning experience!
The Appalachian Trail runs 2,189 miles from Georgia to Maine this year, though the course is changed annually to take alternate routes to minimize human impact. The A.T. runs through 14 states and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy estimates that it takes most hikers 4 to 6 months to complete the trail in its entirety. With long days comprised of carrying a full pack over mountains, hikers can consume as much as 2 pounds of food a day, and need to eat up to 4,000 calories!
Since my transition to veganism was one that took place over time and after years of vegetarianism the food aspect of this lifestyle was an easier portion to plan than all of the equipment. For better or worse, I did not have any of the gear that is deemed necessary or practical for a 6 month long backpacking trip. For the better it gave me the opportunity to make purchases without animal products, for the worse it meant investing in a lot of equipment! Read more →