I Had My Gear Stolen On A Thru-Hike
It’s when we’re at our worst that the generosity of others really means the most.
As I was finishing up my hike in Oregon, I decided to take a detour. You see, I had brought my car out to the west coast with me. The crew at Kennedy Meadows was nice enough to let me leave it there for the length of my hike, and when I got to Washington, I came back down to get it.
While I was driving back, I had the idea of going into Portland for a night. I left my car in a public parking area, and from what I could see, it seemed safe. But when I came back a few hours later, my rear left window was busted, and all my gear was gone. Everything I had hiked with for so long, gone just like that.
Earlier in the year, in a town in Northern California, Mount Shasta, my friend Little Spoon had gotten his gear stolen too. We were staying at a local campground someone till someone came and stole his pack late in the evening. It seemed to be happening to a lot of people last year.
But for both me and my friend Little Spoon, we ended up being helped out much more than we were hurt. Little Spoon got an entire new set of gear from trail angels and friends he had met along the way. I had put up a post on Facebook and also almost got an entire new set of gear sent to me. Our community is absolutely amazing and is full of truly giving and special people.
Even though we’re out here in groups, and safe for the most part, we still need to keep an eye out and use good judgement. For most of us we’re hiking, and traveling through unfamiliar areas, and some people out there still want to take advantage of us. Safety should always come first, but we should also remember how generous and helpful the hiker community can be.
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