On The Path To The Triple Crown
We were very excited to help a Father and Daughter team with their food needs while hiking the Appalachian Trail. You can help support them too! When placing an order through our website add
AT behind your name at checkout and we will donate 10% of your order in free food for their upcoming CDT hike. Below is an entry from Balls & Sunshine.
If your lucky enough to be in the mountains, then you’re lucky enough. This makes me the luckiest man alive, because on top of that, I spent the last 4 months in the mountains with my oldest daughter Sunshine! Sunshine is a very goal driven girl and plans to be the youngest Triple Crown Hiker at age 13. The triple crown of hiking is the Pacific Crest Trail 2,652 miles, the Appalachian Trail 2,184 miles, and the Continental Divide Trail at 3,100 miles. We already hiked the PCT in 2011 and just finished the AT this summer.
|Balls and Sunshine Complete the AT on the Summit of Mt Katahdin
People continue to ask us what is the difference between the two trails, or which we like the most. The first is a tough question. Everything is different about the two trails. The PCT passes through much more wilderness lands while the AT has more towns and development near by. This gives the AT hiker the opportunity to resupply more often and carry less food weight. However the PCT hiker enjoys more solitude and less distraction from the modern world. The PCT allows horses, which keeps the grade less than 14% while the AT at times can be very rugged and steep. Sunshine tripped and broke her arm on the rocky Pennsylvania tread, however the dry and dusty PCT gave her more blisters and one of them became badly infected. She recovered from both of those set backs and bravely finished the trails with grace and determination. Both have their rewards and challenges, but as Oregonians, the PCT is home and will always hold a special place in our hearts.
|Sunshine sporting her cast on the AT.
|Preparing our meals for the hike.