46 days, 8 hours, and 8 minutes. 2200 miles. July 12, 2015. Holy moly! Congratulations to Scott Jurek on his new speed record thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. He beat the previous known record by only a few hours (set by Jennifer Pharr Davis). Also, Scott Jurek is vegan! There are many things to say about this pretty incredible accomplishment. First of all, never can anyone say … Continue reading Congratulations to Scott Jurek on his record thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (while vegan)!
Happy new year! Here we are again, it’s been nearly six years since my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail while vegan, and I gotta say… I still can’t believe it was that long ago. As I’ve repeated over and over on this blog, I started this site to support other vegan hikers with tips and inspiration, and so far I think I’ve been successful! Many … Continue reading Another new year for vegan hiking
I did an interview with Jessica Ryle for her cool new blog: Vegan Outdoor Adventures! I talk about hiking, gear for a thru-hike, and what makes a vegan hike different. Check it out! I’m excited for her site, expanding the community of vegan folks who love the outdoors! Jessica is also on Twitter. Continue reading My interview with Vegan Outdoor Adventures
Dear readers, More posts are coming, promise! I’m so sorry to do this again, explaining away the lack of regular entries… As I’ve posted before, I am currently a graduate student, and I’m working on my thesis right now. It’s incredibly fun and rewarding but doesn’t leave me much time for writing posts or hiking… Ugh, sorry everyone. That being said, I am still committed to this … Continue reading More posts coming!
I have mentioned several times on this blog about sending packages to yourself while hiking the Appalachian Trail. If you are in the planning stages for a thru-hike, it may not be obvious what I actually mean by that. Over the decades a strong hiker culture and institutional support have been built up around the long trails (both the AT and the Pacific Crest Trail). … Continue reading How to ship boxes to yourself on the Appalachian Trail
My first post about vegan hiking shoes is now a couple years old, so it’s time for an update! First, I still stand by my original recommendation that long-distance hikers on a maintained trail will be best served by trail runners, sneakers, or a very lightweight hiking boot. Unfortunately, the old-school mentality remains: that backpackers need to wear big, heavy, all-leather, Boots. This will be reinforced in … Continue reading Vegan hiking shoes 2
That’s right, I’m endorsing a fruit. Avocados are a great snack for vegan hikers. In town, on the trail, straight up or mixed right into your dinner, avocados are the perfect supplement to a vegan hiker’s minimal diet. Also, they’re delicious. According to my favorite book on vegan nutrition: Becoming Vegan (2000) by Davis and Melina, both R.D.s., vegan athletes need to increase the fat and protein … Continue reading Vegan hikers should eat avocados in town
Dear readers, I apologize for the lack of recent updates to this blog. This project is incredibly important to me and I am committed to helping other vegans hike long hikes. Alas, I am currently a graduate student, which naturally leaves little by way of free time for posting (or hiking)… More posts are coming! In the meantime, anyone have some good vegan tips from a … Continue reading New posts coming!
If you’ve been near a Whole Foods or REI recently, you’ve probably seen these bars on the shelf. They’ve been around for some years, and they are a really tasty, high-calorie, natural, vegan option. My dad introduced Probars to me a long time ago: he carries them for long-distance cycling. It’s true that almost every long-distance higher gets sick of eating bars at some point … Continue reading Probars Are a Great Vegan Bar
I’m not usually one for hyper-processed vegan foods, nor do I regularly eat vegan cheese or fake meat. However, I recently had a chance to try the new Vegan Aged White Cheddar Flavor Puffs from Earth Balance. They are delicious. They’re basically corn puffs with a powdery flavored coating, sort of like a vegan version of Pirate’s Booty (I do love the vegan Veggie Booty … Continue reading Trail Town Snack: Earth Balance Vegan Cheese Puffs