It was in spring 2010 when I shared a camping site with No Pain. He was backpacking staying fit for a Continental Divide thru hike. Anyone want to do some C and O Canal hiking to Harpers Ferry? Am resting in Rockwood for another day. I got here at 9:40 last night. But I ate good today and did laundry. Foolishly I packed heavy with a 5.5 pound dome tent, 24 ounces of alcohol, 775 ml pot,titanium bowl, 2 quart GI canteen with bag/ shoulder strap. It is a lot for a skinny guy to carry. My feet are blistered so at Rockwood I stay. Tomorrow I hike to hostel in Meyersdale. It too far to hike Rockwood to Frostburg. And Husky Haven has washing machine and dryer for $3.
The Meyersdale hostel is pretty decent, for a basement room.
Once you’re on the AT, you can ditch the tent. There are wooden shelters every 5-15 miles.
As for the pot, you really only need to boil two cups. The Knorr Pasta Sides, Rice Sides, and Veggie Sides come in bags that just so happen to hold an additional two cups of water. Take advantage of that. Also, Idahoan Mashed Potatoes come in bags that hold enough water to reconstitute the potatoes, and they’re just as good cold as hot.
My usual dinner method was to boil two cups of water (I notched the side of my pot at the two-cup mark so I don’t have to measure). While that’s heating up, slowly add water to a bag of mashed potatoes and stir. By that time, the water is boiling. Add the water to the Knorr Sides, stir, and fold over the top to seal it up, and set it aside. Eat the potatoes. By the time you’re done with the potatoes, the Knorr Sides are finished rehydrating.
Edit: PACK IT IN -> PACK IT OUT. Carry an extra ziplock for your trash. Don’t leave your trash on the trail.
I used the biggest pot in 3 piece cookset. Left the 575ml pot and frying pan at home. A smaller pot would use half the alcohol to cook. Bought 2 packs of Lipton Knorr at a little restaurant/store in Ohiopyle.It is extra deliciouse if you add some meat or shrooms. Hostel in Meyersdale may be closed may have to stay at Gram Grams or hide in woods and stealth camp. Mason Dixon campground is off trail 10 miles outside Meyersdale. Am carrying enough clothes to do a small load of laundry and it dried on high in 15 minutes. About to walk back to campsite with a stop at the trail store next to bridge to look for some thick wool socks and a few energy bars. If I wash and tumble dry on low my sleeping bag will it self destruct? The cold rain on Wednesday soaked most of my stuff but it dried Thursday and today.93 miles done 396 miles to go. Miles include the 3 mile walk to Pittsburgh and 3 miles from AT to my Dads house. And how can a backpackers pack only weigh 10 pounds, that is crazy light.
My clothes consisted of the clothes on my back, and a hawaiian shirt and shorts for in-town. Hardly enough for even a small load of laundry.
The secret for washing and drying sleeping bags is to wash and dry it in a FRONT-ENTRY washer and dryer, with 6 or 8 tennis balls along with it. The tennis balls break up the clumps. Most laundry places along the trail have tennis balls to borrow.