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Top Stoves and Filters: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey from The Trek

We surveyed 365 section or thru-hikers about their stove, food, and water preferences and their experience of illnesses on the Appalachian Trail in 2019. We found some interesting differences in stove and resupply choices among hikers with dietary restrictions. For more information on the hikers, check out our general information post. You can also skip to the TL;DR at the bottom.

See the survey results on The Trek's website here.

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May 6, 2022

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Of all the creepy crawlers, ticks keep me on high alert. They can be very tiny in the nymph stage and difficult to see. They love to hang out in tall grasses along the trail and hitch a ride on hikers passing by. I plan on treating most of my clothes and gear with Sawyer Permethrin.

Joanne Gigliotti

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Ultra-compact and lightweight

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I would often just drink directly from the sawyer squeeze if I was feeling lazy- which by the way works wonderfully.

Rachel McVittie