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Hey there. I figure fund raising is going to get tough with the Holidays in full swing. I don’t have a completely accurate figure, but I’m still short $2000, and have some gear to buy as well. The lighter the gear the more expensive it is, so I’m waiting until the last minute to check finances to see just how lightweight i can go financially.
I still intend to do a Kickstarter.com – I should have done this long ago, but I personally needed to know where this was going and what my overall goal was going to be. The money I hope to raise from Kickstarter will cover the cost of a fun little desk top reminder to keep track of me while I’m hiking, and cover the cost of having someone keep my website moving, T-shirts shipping, and updates, as I won’t be able to from the trail. Basic blogging is about all i’ll have time for.
In the last week, I was able to get a great deal on my vinyl stickers, by doing much of the work myself, which means more profit if i can only get them to sell. I received two very contrasting wedding gowns in the mail Saturday. They’re awesome. Tracie from Florissant MO works in a bridal shop, and was able to get a deal on the ‘floor models’. Did I mention they’re awesome? Bambi from Oregon has agreed to donate her wedding gown. She’s was a size 4, when married, and she’s 5 feet tall. I’m excited to get this, so i can figure out just how I’m going to make this work for me. It’s been dubbed the ‘haltar-kini’.
A random stranger with a rather large mustache found me through my personal Flickr acct. He liked the Project, asked for the email address attached to my Paypal Account. I was shocked, and ever so happy to receive a $150 donation from him. This is amazing and excellent. All in all, I make $10-$15 on shirt and hoodie sales. So fund raising has been slow. This donation as well as every purchase to support hiking26 is IMMENSELY APPRECIATED. I have had so much fun entertaining you, and I’m glad you’re all a part of this with me.
Thank you !!!
Ron @ hiking26
A few weeks back, I had to send in my Six Moon Designs – “Trekker” Tent back to repair a seam separation. I noticed it a while back, but wasn’t willing to give up my tent until it was too cold to want to hike. The seam held up through an insane wind storm at Mt. St. Helen, which was very reassuring. After using heavier tents, I’m still skeptical of the durability of such a lightweight fabric on my Trekker. Only time will tell. It’s still crazy to me, just how light this tent is.
In the email I sent prior, offering to pay for the seam, since i didn’t return it right away, I also asked them what they thought about me adding a loop to the top of the tent. I use my trekking poles to hold up the tent, but the more i read, the more I understand that a huge majority of hikers that carry poles, end up with broken poles. So what happens if one breaks, then I’m out of luck for pitching the tent until i’m in a town to purchase a new pole. I suppose i could borrow one if I end up camping near others, but that’s not always going to be an option.
I’m not sure if i saw this on another website, another tent, or if I just dreamed up the idea, but it seemed like a good idea to have a loop on top of the tent, so i could use a rope to suspend the peak from a tree, then stake out the corners. Again, I offered to pay for this modification, when they said they could do that for me.
In just a week, I sent off the tent, and had it back in my hands with the fix and alteration complete. I’m so impressed with the service received from these backpacking companies. It’s fantastic. So… the seams and loop have been seam-sealed, it’s packed away, and ready for my treck to begin… I’m so ready for this !!!
One less thing to worry about. I mentioned last week that I was looking at the Osprey Exos. Well, I bought it.
Friday after recording the interview with KYRS radio in Spokane, I stopped by Mountain Gear ( http://www.mountaingear.com/ ) to try on the larger size pack. Two weeks ago I checked out the 46 liter, and felt that the 58 liter might better suit me if I end up having to remove a gown at some point. This pack would offer a little extra room and the wire frame seems best suited if (ugh… the thought…) I carry a heavy WET gown in my pack.
So the bank account is down $225, but that’s one less thing to debate over and worry about. I LOVE IT ! Check it out here
And a word about Mountain Gear – FANTASTIC ! I stop in somewhat often to talk to the staff here about anything from gear options, to good places to hike. The service is out of this world. (and i’m NOT just saying that because it’d be awesome to have them as a sponsor… I TRULY value their service !! ) So if you’re a local, stop in and check them out.
I spent an hour and a half walking around with the pack on, discussing and trying on hard shells, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, the works… Excellent service makes all the difference to me, and this is the place to find it.
I’m sure this has happened to you too….
Guy trashes wedding gown.
Guy puts gown in shower and douses it with 409.
Guy forgets about gown until it’s time for him to take a shower.
Guy has to wash off gown and get it out of the shower so he can have his turn.
Guy finds there’s no hot water left after gown shower.
Frightening I know… what’s more frightening is the fact that I felt the need to take a photo…. =-P
You may not want to hear about foot care, but it’s a fact of hiking. I went to the doctor today to discuss the callus on the bottom of my right foot. It’s something that only appeared last year when I started running, and was thought to be a plantars wart, (which i’m glad i didn’t try to ‘fix’ myself with over the counter remedies), but turned out to be a callus. It’s right in the middle of my foot, needs care every few days, and I’d really like for it to just ‘go away’. I don’t want to have to carry additional ‘tools’ to shave away a callus every couple of days on the trail, although I DO realize it’s inevitable. Photos of what happen to some hikers feet are HORRIBLE ! Proper foot care is essential, of course, and I just thought I’d stop in to discuss options and make sure my feet were in the best possible condition.
The Doc and I discussed the metatarsals, and why I must be getting the callus where I am. The options seem more complicated than just dealing with it every few days, so add a tool for THAT to my pack weight… (light, i know, but every single thing added to my pack adds to weight – which depletes energy. But you’ll likely hear about me complaining of my callus on the trail, and it will likely only be one of many, so get used to it.
But the happy note, was when I told Martha about my journey, a large smile came across her face. She thought it was wonderful, and shared with me her memories as a child of only 6 or so, when her father worked on a WA section of the PCT one year. She spent most of the summer camping, as her father packed dynamite in on horses for use in clearing the trail. I love watching people light up as they talk of stories in the wilderness as children. It definitely leaves me with a ‘warm fuzzy’ feeling, and I’m always happy when my own journey, reminds someone of theirs… =-)