Mighty tasty and packing a mighty whallop of calories per ounce, the Buttery Goodness (4 pounds salted butter, 2 pounds regular oats, 1.5 pounds brown sugar, and a half jar of cinnamon) helped fuel Hig and Erin.
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Near the end of their nearly thirteen-month journey from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, Hig Higman and Erin McKittrick talk about how they have managed to stay healthy, surviving a year of mostly trail-less trekking and packrafting without illness or major injury from accident or overuse. A well stocked first aid kit is not part of their ten essentials; they cite duct tape, alcohol, a needle and thread, and a bandana as potentially useful for first aid, but the only items they carry solely for the purpose of first aid are anti-inflammatory tablets. Keeping pack weight low is part of their strategy for preventing injury, but an item weighing half a pound is part of their emergency kit. They have carried it for seven years and nearly 7000 miles and have yet to use it, but don’t plan on leaving it at home.
They talk of using imagination as a tool to visualize potentially life threatening hazards, then developing strategies to combat any such death scenarios. Hig discusses the only time they came up against a dangerous situation they had not imagined. His analysis is that being well fed at the time gave them the extra stamina needed to save themselves.
Erin and Hig both have a talent for being able to sleep through anything, which they confirm may be their biggest asset to staying well and whole under circumstances most modern people will never find themselves in. They stress the importance of listening to and responding to their bodies’ subtle messages (such as for extra sleep or more butter) – another key to their continued well being.
Although most of us won’t be hiking 4000 miles next year, many of the strategies Erin and Hig have developed to stay healthy on the trail can be applied to combat the stresses we all face in our daily lives. Consuming pounds of the Buttery Goodness is not recommended, however!