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.