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.