SHT Gear List Trades

On Saturday, July 4th, at 8:46 a.m. (in George Floyd’s memory – 8 minutes and 46 minutes a grim symbol of police brutality) I will begin my Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) thru-hike.

Due to coronavirus-related restrictions affecting local businesses in some of the smaller towns along the Superior Hiking Trail, I’ve had to make adjustments to my sleep system to allow for more food and fewer stops. 

The gear trades (the original): 

Patagonia came through with mad love gifting me their 29.3 ounce 850 down sleeping bag. I’m excited because it’s both lightweight and warm.

Patagonia helped with the food situation as well, with their new collection of backpacking eats. I’m allergic to mangoes—a lot of these meals have mangoes, but so many don’t. I’m curious. I’m hoping to try some of the seafood options. 

On the PCT, I decided to trade a pad Thai dinner for a salmon. It made me vomit. Even worse, I adhere to Leave No Trace principles and carried what I didn’t eat with me for three days. I vowed never to eat hiker seafood meals again! 

I was leading a backpacking trip in Tennessee. One of the group members shared a seafood medley he’d smoked. That meal restored my hope in backcountry seafood meals. 

*Fingers crossed*

I stand by my previous post. I want the businesses that I support to boast that they believe in diversity and inclusion, but actually work toward making the outdoors welcoming for all. However, the sad reality is we aren’t there yet, especially when it comes to outdoor companies. 

I’ll be leaving my well-lived-in Marmot EOS behind on this trip. The weight combined with the numerous repair patches, I was finally talked into replacing the tent. After coaxing a discount, and now I’m grappling with buyers’ remorse (happens whenever I spend over $100 on an item), I’ve switched to the 1 pound, 7 ounce Nemo Hornet Elite.

Thankfully, all SHT backcountry campsites are open. The SHT Association recommends that SHT users #RecreateResponsibly by practicing social distancing on the trail—as a solo hiker, this is no problem and to stay home if you’re sick—not a problem for me.

* I’d like to state that I am not obligated to promote Patagonia in exchange for gear. I’m listing them to be transparent. In Patagonia’s correspondence, “We just want to help best we can on this rad trip you are doing, and we are not concerned about the coverage!”*

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Comments 4

  • Matt 'Smokey' D. : Jul 2nd

    You’re beautiful! Happy Trails!!

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    • Crystal Gail Welcome : Jul 3rd

      Thank you Smokey D

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  • Nightengale : Jul 3rd

    Very wonderful! I am co-owner of a small vegan food business in the Twin Ports (Superior Small Batch), and I’m planning an SHT thru hike later this month. I plan to walk with you at 8:46 tomorrow, thank you for inviting people to honor George Floyd in this way. I’m sure you are all set and not looking to change anything up at this point, but let us know if we can help with your food situation at all.

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    • Crystal Gail Welcome : Jul 3rd

      Thanks! I’ll make plans at some point to hit up your business. I love vegan and love supporting small businesses!

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