I have been busy dehydrating and preparing dried food for my hike. I feel I am getting started a little early but the stuff I am preparing can sit around for a while. I have to prepare approximately 300 pounds of food for the 2350 mile hike.
Below I have 23 resupply boxes ready to load food into each one. Each box will receive anywhere from 8 to 17 pounds of food. I have two sections where I have to walk 140 miles in the image tween re-supplies.
The coffee filters in the picture above are not for coffee but for straining muddy water I’m going to practice prefiltering my water through a coffee filter so I can prolong the duration of my pump.
This is 167 sheets of 11 x 17” paper that comprise my maps for the Four Corners Loop. My maps are based on a 7-1/2 minute USGS scale. Printed in color on waterproof Rite in the Rain paper.
This is a Hyperlight Mountain Gear (HMG) backpack. It weighs 2.5 pounds, and it is quite light for the capacity.
I want a larger capacity backpack because at times I will be packing a lot of water and a lot of food. Currently this brand is my favorite backpack brand but it was hard to choose in the train HMG and a backpack brand made in Utah called Ultralight Adventures (ULA). My problem is nothing ever feels uncomfortable so it is hard to make decisions. So, I went with a backpack that is lighter.
This is a set of maps from Santa Fe New Mexico to to Tijeras, they are printed double-sided on Rite in the Rain waterproof paper
l will have 26 sets of maps similar to this. This is my first test print and they turned out pretty good. I am ready to bring my maps down to the printer. I will also have my Maps on an electronica app called CALTopo which is awesome.
This is just a sample of my Excel spreadsheet with six different tabs. This the food plan tab. I have a tab for stats a tab for gear, a tab for my hiking budget and a tab for a supply addresses right now my hike is very well planned on an Excel spread sheet now I just have to go and hike it.
This is looking down towards Boulder Utah. Part of the forest below me is where I will be hiking up on the Four Corners Loop. In the distance is the Boulder Mail Trail traveling across the white expense. I am very excited for my hike next summer.
Maria and I were checking out portions of the trail I will hike next summer this is one location called the Grand Gulch. It is located in Capital Reef National Park.
During the COVID shut down I am walking through my neighborhood with my backpack on testing the weight, testing how it feels and eating dinner at night in a local park. So I am practicing backpacking.
April 10, 2020
It is after midnight I am learning how to write an electronic journal using my phone and the word processor on it. My plan is to use a non-Wi-Fi connected device while on trail to record my thoughts, what I see, observations I make and stories about the people I encounter. When I get into town with Wi-Fi or a café where I can sit and make a blog post it may be easy to cut and paste what I write in the field directly into the blog add some pictures of what I saw that week and send it on its way.