Monday, June 25, 2012

The Hike Begins

This is what it looked like last week at Hiking Central.  Weighing, shaving off weight, weighing again was the order of the day.  We made the straps shorter on his backpack and I hemmed them.  A bandana lost two of its corners.  His base weight was about 9.25 lb.  Due to a blowout on the Colorado Trail Pete is taking a detour that will take him through some high peaks on the Continental Divide Trail.  For this reason he added another base layer to his clothing and decided to take his slightly heavier camera that takes better photos.  The pack weight (without consumables) was still under 10 lb so is classified as ultralight.

Packing resupply boxes
stove made from cat food tin and my (probably now defunct) hole puncher

weighed snacks vacuum packed and ready for mailing.  Each snack is about 400 calories.
Pete called today (Monday June 25) from Telluride where he's been at a big bluegrass festival.  He and his friend Chad are driving to Denver where they will sleep tonight.  Chad will take Pete to the trailhead south of Denver on Tuesday morning.  Pete has been following the wildfires out west and is mostly concerned about smoke in the areas he will be hiking.  He will be checking in at the ranger stations along the way.

The hike begins on Tuesday June 26, 2012.


Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

Just letting you know I will be thinking of Pete and his hike through our neck of the woods and praying for his safety. It has been an enjoyable vicarious life seeing all the preparation for his trip. My sister and I will be driving south from western Colorado tomorrow and down through Texas this week, and my come close to where he is hiking.

Still liking Quince yarns, thanks to your introduction of this brand on your podcast.

Hasty on, ya'll.

KPiep said...

I can't wait to hear of his adventures!

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