I'm putting together this newbie guide to the AT thingy for this site. I want to describe to readers how much weight and space 5-days worth of food would consume just for the purposes of determine pack volume and frame load transfer.
Using the 2# per day standard, I'd end with 10# of food, but how much volume does the "typical" 10# re-supply take up? What about a 15# (3# per day) re-supply which might be needed for thru-hiking planing after your "hiker hunger" has kicked in?
Originally I was thinking about 10# (or 15#) bag of potatos, but the volume seems to be a bit high. Any suggestions?
Maybe it would need to be a 2-step process? Use 10# weight for load testing, but use a X" by Y" stuffsack filled with a pillow for volume testing.
BTW, I hope to have a first draft tomorrow or Tuesday which all of us and tear apart.