In just over two weeks I will be heading up for my most anticipated adventure of 2014- a week of backpacking in Baxter State Park (BSP). Three months ago, I was able to patch together a campsite reservation that would enable me to start the trip with a summit climb up to Baxter Peak from the Chimney Pond side and then wind my way up through the northern and lesser reaches of the Park. If I make it to the top it will be number 17 . My special thanks to Maine author and adventurer Carey Kish for his idea of ” a thru-hike” of BSP.
I think a lot of Andrew Skurka. His book ( below) is a valuable read. It’s the real deal. I learn each time I read it, but can’t find it tonight. If I have lent it out to you, let me know !
The recent post on Skurka’s website about his own food prep has inspired me to get out my own postal scale and be a bit more thoughtful about my food choices for that week. I’ve been able to keep off almost 10 pound of my usual winter weight, and want to keep it that way. Too often we sweat up a workout and then cancel any likelihood of some fat trimming by gorging on a calorie-laden “energy drink” , or those barely disguised candy bars.
Backpacking is the secret weight loss program that the world doesn’t care for or want to know about. It’s hard especially in Maine, and particularly in Baxter where the elevation opportunities abound. I’ve met more than a handful of guys on my trail travels who regularly take a full month off every season to backpack a segment of a National Scenic Trail to lose weight (and to have adventures). This year, I was down to Tennessee/ North Carolina to hike a week on the AT. Most of the thru-hikers that I met there had been on the trail for a month or so. At least a half a dozen men told me they had already lost 20 pounds.
Check out a very thoughtful meal plan for your own adventure- I like the fact that Skurka cooks a daily evening meal and carries a stove, my own practice.
Read Skurka’s excellent article here>>>.Breakdown — A Week of Food