A little info

So as I am talking to my friends and family I am getting the idea that I should do a quick overview of what the PCT, AT, CDT and a triple crown are; and maybe a bit more about what I want my European adventure to be.

 

The Pacific Crest trail, or PCT, is a trail that runs from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. The PCT is about 2,650 miles in length and goes through California, Oregon, and Washington.  As the trail has become better known, more and more people are hiking it; and more and more people are offering assistance to those who are hiking the trail…..see mom I’ll be ok!

If you wish to know more check out the pacific crest trail association website: http://www.pcta.org/

pct

The Appalachian Trail, or AT, is a trail that runs about 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine. The trail passes through Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Unlike the PCT, the AT has many 3-4 sided structures along the way to camp in and get a bit of protection from the elements.

If you wish to know more check out the Appalachian trail conservancy website: http://www.appalachiantrail.org/

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The Continental divide trail, or CDT, is a trail that is about 3,100 miles and also runs from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. The trial runs through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. This is the newest and least developed of the trails, which is also why this will be my last of the 4 adventures, I am hoping they will blaze a little more of the trail before I set out into the least traveled wilderness trail J

If you wish to know more check out the continental divide trail coalition website: http://www.continentaldividetrail.org/

cdt

The triple crown is completing all three of these trails.

For my European adventure I am going to use a website called http://www.workaway.info/ . This is a website where you register to stay with host families, you work 20-25 hours a week for them in return for room and board. I think this will be the most amazing way to see the world and really get to know the locals and their customs.

work away

There is my quick little tutorial 🙂

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My gear so far…..as of 6/13/14

My backpack is a Venus 70 from REI. Originally when I bought this backpack it was to use as my bag to go on a volunteer trip to Costa Rica 4 years ago; since then it has been packed away in my mom’s attic. I bought it with the idea that I would use it to take backpacking trips after I got back….then 4 years went by and now I am finally going to use it……for 5-6 straight months, ever year for 4 years. It is definitely not an ultralight pack weighing in at just less than 5.5 lbs. Let’s hope it makes it through the adventure.

BACKPACK

My tent is the Big Agnes Scout plus UL2 tent. It is technically a two person tent and for the first two weeks my mom and I will be sharing it until she gets picked up at warner springs (or a little farther on if i can convince her to go longer), then it is all mine! I took this out for a test run over Memorial Day weekend this year and I like it. It is a bit of a pain to have to get in around the trekking pole but the weight saved makes that worth it….at least at this point when I am sitting in my office chair it seems worth it hahahaha, after two months of falling in around the pole we shall see. Other than that and that you can only sit up in one end of the tent I am happy with the buy. When I took it camping it was on stick and twigs and pine cones without the footprint and it held up well. Everyone including me was tripping over the stakes and lines (I set my tent up a bit close to the table) and nothing broke or ripped or had any problems so yay! The tent and everything are less than 2 lbs. so I am super happy about that.

tent

My sleeping bag is the Marmot Cloudbreak 30 so I will need thermals on the colder nights but I am ok with that; my sleeping back is less than 2lbs, packs down pretty small and is synthetic (yay no duckies were hurt!). That also held up pretty well camping over Memorial weekend, I was a bit chilled the first night because I tried to sleep in just a t-shirt and shorts when it was in the 40s at night…oops. The second night I put on long sleeves, tights, and socks and was fine. I will also probably buy an insert for the Oregon and Washington parts of the trip just to be safe.

sleeping bag

I just purchased the MSR Pocket Rocket backpacking stove, it actually arrived in the mail from Amazon yesterday. I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t weight in on its performance but it got a lot of great reviews on Amazon and REI.com. It is SUPER tiny and light weight so it seemed like a good choice. I’ll let you know how it holds up along the way.

STOVE

That is what I have so far and you know I have 9.5 months to get everything else………ummm that is going to fly by isn’t it? My goal is buy something every week, even if it is just a bottle of ibuprofen or some band aids.

I’ll post more in a week or two!   (Sorry i am still thinking of good tag line hahahaha. Any suggestions?)