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PITTSBURGH—Will Tippins was getting ready for a pre-pandemic trek on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail in southwestern Pennsylvania when he had his “ah-ha” moment.

Known for its rugged landscape and challenging climbs along Laurel Mountain, the 70-mile trail that stretches from the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown is one of the region’s most popular sites for hiking and backpacking—two activities the 29-year-old Fox Chapel native has enjoyed since his freshman year at Allegheny College in Meadville.

Preparing his gear for the multi-day trip, “I realized how hard it was to pack food for five days,” he recalls.

That’s especially the case when considering how many daily calories a strenuous day of hiking with a heavy backpack requires—anywhere from 2,500-4,500 per person per day, depending on the terrain, time on the trail and hiker’s body weight.

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