3695. Mass Properties Considerations on the Appalachian Trail


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Nicholas Marickovich: 3695. Mass Properties Considerations on the Appalachian Trail. 2019.



This paper aims to apply some engineering rigor to the questions surrounding pack weight, particularly when thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, which I did in 2005 after graduating college. The paper will first describe, briefly, my own thru-hike which will set the stage for a discussion of pack weight, why it matters, and the trade-offs inherent in considering what to take along for the journey. The Marickovich Caloric Power Index (MCPI) will also be introduced, which attempts to optimize food choices based on weight, cost, and calories.


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