Take a second right now and Google (can I say how much I love that that is a verb now!): ‘what do people eat on the PCT?’.  You are not going to do it, I wouldn’t either.  Now maybe you will because I challenged your free will.  What you would find is some combination of dried and dehydrated items, a lot of carbs (ramen, macaroni, spaghetti, rice), limited vegetables, some candy or trail bars, and beef jerky as the only meat.  Now Google average college diet, identical.  Now fake Google: ‘the first peoples of North America diet’.  I’ll tell you what you will find because at this point you are loosing patience.  Lots of animal fat, lots of animal meat, some foraged vegetables and fruits, some nuts, and no ramen.  I am sorry for the shock.  I realize we were taught that animal fat is bad and causes heart disease and obesity, but in truth, these claims are being unsubstantiated by nutritional science.  However, what you think about all that doesn’t really matter, anecdotal evidence presents a very strong case for a diet high in animal fat and meat in such occasions as you find yourself walking for ten hours a day.  In fact when people were more active, techniques were developed for preserving meat and adding wonderful flavors to it so that it could be used longer and more resourcefully while on the move.  Some of these techniques were developed by the french and are called Charcuterie.  We will be employing these techniques by making bacon, sausage, cured cod, and possibly other things.  The details and how to’s of this method won’t really be our intent but we will be evaluating the usefulness of these items on the trail.  As well as the strategies we will be developing as we go.  Wow, hopefully that wasn’t as boring to read as it was to write!  Get ready for some mouthwatering pictures in 5..4..3..2..1!

Dried beets