Hey there. the clock is slowly ticking down to June 15, and by slowly I mean FAR TOO SLOW. I’m ready to do this, but I must wait for snow to melt in Glacier Nat’l Park. I put out a few feelers on the Facebook page for 2013 CDT hikers and it looks like there will be a few people starting their thru-hike just before or after me, so I won’t be terribly alone on the trail, although there are two different starting points, but they quickly merge to one.
The last few weeks have been possitive for the hike. Today I crossed the $2000 mark, and Someone donated $1000 to my fundraising site ! (AMAZING !!!) just $1000 to go to hit my official goal. After a concerning night, a few weeks back, in my tent with far too much condensation that left my new down bag wet at the head and foot, My friend Michael purchased a new Big Agnes tent for me, in fact it’s a tent i struggled with buying last year when ants ate holes in my tent, I wanted to upgrade to a double wall free standing, but decided to stick with the comfort of the tent I had, at half the price. I’m so very excited to use it! More on that tent and why later…
Condensation at the foot of my Six Moon Design Double Wall Hybrid Tent
With what I raised and what I’ve saved I’m on good track to keep my hike moving, I just can’t have any unexpected expenses. Since I have my 6 pair of Montrail shoes already purchased (remember, I bought $115 shoes for $50 through a friends and family discount) so they need to work out well.
I was contacted by a wonderful man who hiked the AT in 1975. He provides trail magic and assistance at the Dinsmore’s Hiker Haven, who happen to be the last Train Angels on the PCT. They’re working together to get me Sqincher electrolite drink mixes on the CDT. A few people have offered to send me food supplies, but those are all packed and ready to send. Most of the food is dreary and boring though, so I’ve sent out my resupply lists and Rory (my resupply guy) will let everyone know where I’ll be and when (if I can’t) so little surprises can pop up when I least expect it. My goal will be to get in and out of towns w/little spending and temptation, so if I find an extra box of goodies at the Post Office, I’ll be able to fend off cravings at the supermarket…. or so I tell myself.
Map drawn by the man in charge at work. It starts and ends at work, with little time to hike
I left my job in industrial paint/prep Friday, the guys I worked with seem to want me back, even though I only worked there two months. I work very hard so it’s nice it’s recognized. Dan, who runs the paint shop, even drew me a map to follow. It starts and ends at work, and although I tell him I won’t be back until the end of Nov at the earliest, he wants me back for the busy season…. I like the little lake and mountain’s he included on the map. Funny good times.
For the first time ever, I’ve been folowing other’s blogs as they hike North on the CDT (NoBo = north bound). Wired is one to watch (click here to find her blog). She hiked the PCT in 2011 and is EXCELLENT at blogging and explaining. Her photos are amazing and I can’t wait to visit the spots I’ve seen her post about. I was able to offer up my first trail magic for her as well, by buying a piece of pie for her at the Pie-O-Neer in Pie Town, NM… the staff was happy to oblige my request of looking out for her arrival … Also, I’m followingHighlife (Click here to find his blog), who seems to have service everywhere on the CDT so he’s posting a lot on Facebook…
Next week I head back to see my family for a week. Other than the short two days in San Diego in April of 2012 when they saw me off on the PCT, I haven’t spent time with them in a year and a half. It will be good to see them, tell them all about the PCT, all about the CDT plans, and then head back to Portland to start climbing the mountains of the Columbia River Gorge, training for the mountains of Glacier Nat’l Park.
I’m going to try to weigh my gear and get a full gear list together. I didn’t end up doing this on the PCT because I had so much extra silly stuff that I didn’t want to know, or more so, I didn’t want YOU to know how heavy my pack was… I bought a gram scale to be technical, I’ll try to do that before I head out.
Thanks again for all of the support, and for regular updates, you’re better off following my Facebook page… facebook.com/hiking26.