Reality is Setting in
Today I sat down for what feels like the millionth time and went through my gear. Not because I needed to, but because I enjoy organizing all the little things that I have and wonder if they will stay with me for my 2000 mile+ journey. I realized I only had two or three items left to purchase which does not feel real. It feels like yesterday I bought my tent which was a huge deal.
My goal for my gear was to go the cheaper route for the things such as rain gear, clothing and some other small things. At the beginning of my research I felt like my only option was to purchase name brand items if I wanted them to last. Warren Doyle showed me how very untrue that was. If you can be a little bit creative then you can save huge amounts of money on your thru-hiking gear.
I would be more than happy to share my gear list if the readers are curious to know what I am bringing!
As a current resident of a trail town and working on Saddleback Mountain, I am about as close as you can get to the trail without actually hiking it. It is comforting knowing that I am so close to the trail. I work around so many people that have some sort of connection to the trail and/or have hiked long distance trails so they understand the process of thru-hiking. The bonus to working and living in this area is knowing that when I get to Rangeley during my thru-hike, I know there will be people here waiting to see me and to help me with the final push to Katahdin. But most importantly….I’ll get to see my dogs 🙂
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So excited for you. I understand going through your gear again, even though you don’t need to. I really enjoy the planning, partly because it gets me dreaming about the trip I’m about to take.
I would love to see your gear list and any thoughts you have around the things you are bringing and not bringing. Are you planning to mail yourself boxes along the route? What gear do you think you’ll be swapping out? etc.
You are going to have such a great hike and there are lots of people that are looking forward to reading about it as you go. This will encourage others to go too. Even if they don’t do a 2000 mile hike, maybe they only do a 20, but there is so much beauty in the world, more people should be experiencing it.