Updated: May 21
Despite the difficulties in my life which spurred me on to hike the CDT, I am well aware that I am surrounded by blessings. Having the time and means to hike is a luxury. And I am grateful to Korongo Books and all of you who have helped to support me in my quest. This is what your gift is enabling me to do.
I will be able to purchase an ice axe for safety when slabbing snow slopes.
I will upgrade the plan on my satellite rescue device so I can stay in contact with people while on the trail.
I will be able to stay some nights in town. This will make resupply so much easier and less stressful. By staying someplace, I can send my food drop there, which is more convenient than sending it to a post office which is closed on weekends.
By being able to pay the out-of-the-way lodges to hold my food drops, I will be able to carry less food. This will be really important as I will be carrying more gear, such as ice axe and bear spray.
I may splurge on a pizza now and then.
I may pay for shuttles rather than relying on hitchhiking to get in and out of towns.
I will replace my taped-up rain/wind pants (see below), which got torn to shreds last year when I slid down a few scree slopes.
I have trouble writing by hand. With this gift I will purchase a device I can carry and type on, enabling me to keep writing while on the trail.
I will buy some paper maps which are better than the free ones I downloaded.
I can make upgrades to my pack, which left my previously broken shoulder in pain.
I may get a pair of backup boots. It saves me from having to glue the bottoms back on each night in my tent. Last year I needed the second pair.
In these and many other ways, each one of you will be with me on my hike. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.