Friday, December 23, 2011

POW POW!!! Another Sponsor !! Raw-Revolution

The kind people over at have decided to send me a box of their line of Raw Revolution organic live food bars for my PCT hike!!

This is from their website: "Raw, living foods are clean, and have higher nutrient content than cooked food. Processed foods such as protein isolates and grain based fillers are acidic and cause fermentation in the body. Raw Organic foods are closest to their natural state, bringing us closer to healing ourselves and the global ecology."

They have some amazing flavors to choose from like Lemon Dew, Tropical Mango, Tropical Banana, Apple Cinnamon,  and many many more. These should help in keeping me healthy on the trail and are much appreciated!! Thanks Raw Revolution!

Monday, December 12, 2011


alright, i am trying not to freak out about gear. i still need a few things. a LOT of a few things as i start making mental notes of what i still need to get. i am hoping, after our little holiday season, some of this list will dwindle, and then start falling off faster and faster soon after...

major things i still need ~
  • down sleeping bag
  • down jacket
  • shoes
consumables i still need (not food) ~
  • jet boil fuel (i plan on using about 20 canisters i would imagine)
  • bulk supply of ibuprofen
  • bio-tp and 'wag bags'
  • batteries
  • bandanas (i plan on getting new ones pretty often)
  • bulk box of 1 gallon zip-lock freezer bags (250 count)
things i would like, don't really need,  but would still be nice to have ~
  • polarized sunglasses
  • watch w/temp reading (altimeter would be nice too)
 minor gear items i still need or may choose to use ~
  • a couple more pairs of socks
  • dry sacks for storing gear inside my pack
  • rain pack cover (probably make my own)
  • gossamer gear foam mat 
  • sturdy, small, pocket sized notebook for jotting notes (moleskine) thx kolby :-P

i am sure there is more and i will probably take less. this is just some thoughts off my head i have been meaning to get down on paper, so i figure i'd make a post about it and let you folks inside my brain a little bit...

food prep, info, and what i am thinking about it....

so i haven't actually began any food prep yet. i have a dehydrator ready to fire up, and a plan i am working on to make resupply as efficient and stress free as possible. thankfully there are plenty of blogs, you-tube v-logs, articles, and books all about resupply. the logistics are pretty much easy to follow. for me, i will be sending the majority of my food to me on the trail. i am hiking on a SMALL budget. i don't plan to be able to stay in many hotels, unless costs are split with other hikers, and it is a low price. i also don't plan to spend TOO much money in town. i do plan on eating fresh meals here and there, but i do not plan on getting the majority of my resupplies from the trail stores and towns. i know what i like to eat, i know i can make the majority of it quickly, fast, and at a much lower cost if i buy the supplies in bulk from Winco and Costco now, as opposed to while hiking. so basically, i need to make a bag of food, for as many days i plan to be out on the trail. and i plan to be out for roughly 150 days. so i am planning 150 bags of food before i go so when i need resupply, i can ask erica to send me 5 bags here, or 6 bags there, and so on however i need. this should make it easy for her, as then all she has to do is box up my bags, add my maps for the next section, tape it up, and when i can have packages mailed to a post office, they will come and pick up my resupply box from my house. priority mail really is worth its cost when it comes to making sure your food for survival is on time.

here is how the bags of food sort of break down...

150 food bags
1 food bag = 1 day of food
1 bag =          3000-5000 calories
1 bag =   
                breakfast   500-750  calories
                lunch         750-1000 calories
               dinner        750-1000 calories
               snacks       750-1000 calories
               drinks        300-500  calories
              *extra        unknown  calories
               total           3050-4250 calories a day

*extra is anything i get in care packages: cookies, jerky, candy, home-baked goods, really anything my lovely family, friends and followers would like to send me to keep my spirits up along the way. keep in mind, any care packages that are sent to me are extra weight i will be carrying out of town, along with the food supply i already have sent to myself. it is also wise to give me a heads up that you may be sending me something. i know this sort of spoils the surprise, but you don't have to tell me what it is, just a heads up so that i know to look for/ask for extra packages waiting for me other than my resupply box.

also, anything that i will have to carry, and can not eat, sent to me in a care package, has the chance of being left behind or sent back. i can not be adding a TON of extra weight once i start. specific gear and what i actually carry with me in my pack is a painstakingly detailed process. i am not as much of a 'gear head' as most thru-hikers, but it is not uncommon for hikers to stress about their base pack weight down to the ounce.

some good care package items that are not food, that would great, would be batteries (AA & AAA) but really i only need a few at a time, so 2-4 max. energy shots. stamps so i can send you guys post cards and letters. and as always i am sure we can barter some stickers or future artwork, real work, or anything really for donations....

Sunday, December 11, 2011

my 'top 5' and the pct

here are a few random, off the top of my head top five lists for this hike...

top 5 things i am excited about ~
  • getting in the best shape of my life
  • camping for 5 months straight, in a new spot every single night.
  • meeting new friends, that i will be bonded with forever, and trail angels/magic
  • following an outdoor, non-societal norm, vagabond type lifestyle
  • the unknown. the little indescribable things that no book, blog, picture or person can capture...
top 5 worries ~
  •  injury
  • food/nutrition taking care of my body
  • large groups of ravenous thru-hikers
  • being too much of a burden/dependee on my gf & family
  • what to do when i am done.  i have time to figure it out on the trail.....
top 5 cravings i expect  ~
  • freezing cold soda and energy drinks
  • gorging on food, pizza buffets, sushi rolls, pollo asado burritos
  • flannel sheets, down comforter, warm girlfriend
  • milkshakes
  • lemonade
top 5 places i can not wait to see, that i have NEVER seen before ~
  • crater lake
  • lake chelan
  • the high sierra & the john muir trail/pct overlap
  • lake moreno & adzpctko
  • monument 78 (northern terminal pct)
top 5 places i can not wait to see that i HAVE seen before ~
  • yosemite national park
  • lake tahoe
  • mt whitney
  • mt shasta/castle crags
  • columbia river- (while i have seen the river itself plenty, not where it actually crosses with the pct)