Saturday, 21 October 2006

MECI went to MEC in Ottawa yes­ter­day and made my first few gear pur­chas­es; the most im­por­tant pieces ac­tu­al­ly, my pack and sleep­ing bag. Originally, I was look­ing at the MEC brand Ibex 80, but they were out, so I end­ed up with the Gregory Palisade, a 91L ex­pe­di­tion pack for $255. The re­views at Backpack Gear Test seemed to be pret­ty good.

My sleep­ing bag of choice was the MEC Raven [$145], a three-sea­son bag rat­ed to –7°C, which made me, in Megan’s im­mor­tal words, “look like a cater­pil­lar.” I al­so got the MEC Hydrofoil hard shell jack­et [$100] which weighs on­ly 420g. I al­so picked up a first aid bag, for build­ing my own first aid kit. Here is a pic­ture.

Today we’ve spent some time or­ga­niz­ing things and ad­just­ing pack straps and such, but we’re go­ing to go watch the Notre Dame game in a bit. 


Monday, 2 October 2006

Hello. This site is a chron­i­cle of plan­ning for a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Hopefully, as the time be­tween plan­ning and ac­tu­al­ly hik­ing the trail pro­gress­es, this site will be­come use­ful to more peo­ple than my­self. If you are al­so new to the PCT, I rec­om­mend join­ing the email list­serv im­me­di­ate­ly. Right now I’m in a link-gath­er­ing stage, so go there and check things out.