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Jul 30, 2011 07:26 PM

Post Office Closure affecting food delivery on popular hiking trails

I heard about it on NPR. Hikers like to mail themselves packages with food and supplies when they undertake long treks. But when the small post offices close to the trail due to be shut down, what can they do?

Pacific Crest Trail:

Appalachian Trail:

It's a sad state of affairs.

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  1. Hmm, replied to this and today it's gone. Anyway, Mr Pine and I hiked the AT 20+ yrs ago and did all the mail-ahead food stops. What a shame it may change--we met some fascinating people in those small towns, and the little treats I had packed in the boxes were mighty appreciated.

    1. I'm sure enterprising locals will start offering supply services - you ship your food/supplies to them and they'll hold on to it in their living room until you get there.

      1. Thanks for article pdx . I never even thought about that. Have friends who have done the AP trail and I know they counted on these post offices along the way. I think mpjmph is right, locals will start offering supply services. Hopefully its not a gouge type situation. Although the hikers of the AP trail are a tight group, I'm sure they will come up with a resourceful plan. Hiking the whole thing was one of my goals, I'm afraid that plan has passed. Getting old sucks. ;)

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        1. re: cb1

          cb1, read Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" about when he did the Appalachian Trail. He wasn't all that youthful when he hiked it.

          1. re: pdxgastro

            Yeah, I have a first edition of the set Hiking the Appalachian Trail and if I recall, there was a 70+ yr old woman who did it. We also hiked in the Rockies and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon--ah, those were the [young] days. Now I've had 1 knee replacement and the other needs doing, too. Carrying a 40# pack is probably not likely.