Thru-hiker Delivery

TrailFork launches a long-distance trail support program.

Nourish your adventures, especially the big ones: TrailFork, founded by Lillian Hoodes, is a Boulder-based food company that creates on-the-go customized, healthy, sustainably-packaged meals for travelers and outdoor adventurers. New on the 2020 menu: custom meal kits for long-distance trekkers, resupply deliveries included.

“The program’s benefit is reliable logistical support,” said Hoodes, who launched the pilot program in Spring of 2019: a source-to-sea journey from Rocky Mountain National Park to Baja, Mexico, for European athlete Ana Zirner. “As mission control, we had Zirner’s gear at TrailFork Headquarters. She could email us and ask for a new stove in her next meal package.” Some folks will also enjoy the ease of a company handling their meal plan, in addition to having personalized, healthy nutrition.

Hoodes actualized the thru-hiker delivery after receiving outreach from venturers prepping for the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)—which spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada—and the Appalachian Trail (AT), a 2,192-mile route from Maine to Georgia. The demand should come as no surprise, as backpacking and camping are among the most popular outdoor activities nationwide, according to the Outdoor Industry Association’s 2018 Outdoor Participation Report.

TrailFork will phase-in the service with a limited, discounted beta pool next summer, followed by a full-blown docket in 2021. “The program will be tailored to national interest, but we need to test the time demands,” said Hoodes. Backpacking the PCT, AT, or Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) in 2020?

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