Freaking out man!
Ahh so much to do and only 16 days until Springer…
As a chronic procrastinator I require an impending deadline as motivation to get things done. Well this mindset has left me with plenty of things to do and less than three weeks in which to do them. Here’s a rundown of my progress or lack thereof in my prep for my NOBO AT hike.
(Will provide an extensive gear list later as long as it all arrives in the mail in time)
All critical components have been purchased and tested, with exception of my down quilt from Enlightened Equipment. Hand made quilts take time…
A few novelty items remain, is a solar phone charger necessary?
This is my main concern at the moment. I’d like to survive on healthy food during my hike but doing so requires extensive planning to either have food drops sent from back home or by shipping a bounce box with resupply items. I’ve debated between a mass order of dehydrated meals and bars or simply starting off with 5 days of food and see how things go. Ordering all of my meals ahead of time requires a hefty investment upfront, being dependent on food drops and planning my day around package pick ups. Worst case I eat gas station food for five months.
Becoming Jobless and Homeless:
Both are on schedule to begin a few days prior to heading to Georgia. Hard to procrastinate on these as they require a lot of thought and prep.
Storing my valuable possessions:
Thanks to family and friends my bike, car, and other items that will be necessary after returning to civilization are all in safe keeping.
Setting up blog:
Well this attempt at a post is the start of many trail updates and stories hoping to inspire people to get outdoors and go adventure! I promise the general flow and intrigue will improve as I get used to blogging via my phone in the woods.
Transportation to and from the trail:
Heading south Easter weekend from Packerland to Georgia via the family cruiser, thanks Dad!
Return from Katahdin, well I can worry about that as I get closer (see opening paragraph).
See you on the Trail!
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Forget the solar charger. It is only useful if you are willing to spend countless hours sitting idly at overlooks where there will be sufficient sun to charge your device. The AT isn’t called the “Green Tunnel” for nothing. Your best bet is a remote battery that can be charged when you are in towns.