So, this summer I plan to hike the Appalachian trail for 2-3 weeks. Basically, I'm going to start at the NJ/NY border and just go. Now, what I've been reading on thru/section hikes, you pack 4 days of food and then stop in town and restock otherwise the added weight will just become too much. I plan to take Walsh with me... Which brings up some added issues. I need a way to bring shelf-stable(dry) food for him that can readily be bought in towns close to the trails. Initially, I was going to go with Orijen bc it is a nutrient dense food... But I can't start off w 3 weeks of food bc of the weight and I think that would be hard to find to restock. I'm going to look into that a little more, but can anyone think of a good food or mix of things for him that can easily be gotten at any grocery store along the way? More questions for any other serious hikers, he's teeny tiny... Like 13lbs tiny. Do I even bother with the pipsqueak dog pack for him? Would the extra 2lbs of storage really be worth it? I plan for him to sleep in the sack with me bc he's tiny, and I'm going to bring a small tie out with me... Anything else I really need to bring for him? It'll be 3 weeks in summer so the temps should be warm/hot and weather would be sunny/rainy.