I am sure the scene above is similar to what you would see in the homes of all the team members as they prepare for adventure that starts this Saturday the 20th of August.
To do List
- Purchase mole skin for blisters.
- Tape up tripod legs so they don’t fall off.
- Buy new shoe laces.
- Charge batteries.
- Clear off memory cards.
- Locate my favorite socks.
- Try out the sleeping pad that Frank lent me.
- It goes on and on…
Yesterday I gathered my food and neatly set my freeze dried dinners in the order that I plan to eat them. I scattered the three beef stroganoff meals through out the week so that I don’t get sick of them. Which day should I pick for my freeze dried salmon dinner ? How about after the longest day as a reward for dragging into camp at the end of the day? Because the mules can only carry so much, we are limited to 2-2.5 lbs. of food per person per day. All of my stuff fit into a box and a shopping bag and came in at 1.8 lbs. per day. I still hadn’t added my apples. Then it dawned on me. If I take my fresh apples and dehydrate them, I can bring the beer I have been hoping for and the more apples I dry the more beer I can bring! Wonderful.
For those interested in the details, below is my gear list.
Luxury: Journal & Pens DSLR and lenses Tripod Phone Extra phone battery GoPro Equipment Essentials: Tent, poles, stakes 1 Water Bladder 1 Water bottle Sleeping pad Sleeping bag Backpack for mules Day pack Large garbage bag spoon cup Ten Essential +: Pocket Knife First Aid Kit Emergency blanket Compass Maps GPS lighters Headlamp Extra batteries Sunscreen sunglasses Small water filter Bug juice Sun hat 2 Bandanas Bug netting for head rope / hanging food Plastic bags for garbage Hiking Poles Clothing: Hiking boots camp/water shoes 2 liner socks 3 heavier socks 1 zip off pants 1 short sleeve shirts 1 long sleeve shirt 1 fleece jacket 1 down jacket Long underwear Rain coat Fleece hat Gloves Wicking small towel balaclava for sleeping Personal Items: Toothpaste Tooth Brush deodorant Hand Sanitizer Toilet paper Trowel for burying waste Watch Thin wallet with ID, Cash, Insurance Cards, Meds list Advil Aleve Emergency: Radios Whistle Mole Skin Duct Tape, 8 ft. Tweezers Ankle wrap Ace wraps sewing kit
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