Tuesday, March 13, 2012

it is a hard thing to explain....

Well, as you can probably tell, I have not been very vigilant with updating this site as often as I had originally planned. However, things recently started moving. Fast. For over six months now, this trip has been incredibly abstract. It's been nothing more than ideas, various gear stuffs piling up, and lots of information, spreadsheets, and endless conversations involving the how's, when's, where's, and why's of every imaginable facet of this hike. But now, things are happening. I have put in my 30 day notice, and started the process of downsizing the my number of possessions,  giving things away, selling things, and packing things that I may want again in the future. Luckily, over the years, I have not accumulated too much stuff. I don't own a house worth of furniture, (or even my own bed anymore) so mainly, it is small things, clothes, electronics and music equipment I am storing until the future. So, with only 2 weeks until we have to be OUT, I am awkwardly not stressing.

Some weekly highlights ~
  • meeting Andrew Skurka and Kolby Kirk in San Francisco. 2 super inspirational dudes that know a thing or two about long distance hiking and being submerged with nature for half a year or longer at a time.
  • Luna Guitars sent me an awesome little travel guitar to bring with me on my hike. It has arrived and I have had some fun playing it and learning about it's sound.
  • Wilderness Logics sent me an awesome down quilt to keep me warm, and I truly can't think Marty enough! Most people, myself included, find it hard to afford a down sleeping system, something light, and warm down to seriously cold temperatures. Marty generously donated a down quilt to do just that for me. Without this i would have had to spend some serious cash to stay warm, and would have had to skimp on other equipment, so thanks again Marty and Wilderness Logics!!! 

Last of the gear I need to get before starting ~
  • waterproof gloves
  • a buff or shemagh
  • new gaiters (just need to return for new ones to REI)
  • wool/polyester base-layer
  • waterproofing compound
  • earphones - the 'over-ear' sports type (buds just fall out)
  • 1 more pair of shoes
It's getting close, things are starting to come together, almost time to do this thing!!
Kristo out.

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