It’s now officially less than one week until my departure date, and though I still have packing and shake down to do, I feel ready. In my previous update I outlined my itinerary, so as I enter the final stages of preparation I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the gear I’ll be using for the trek.
Ridgemont Monty Hi Hiking Boots:
I’ve been sporting these boots for awhile now, and I’ve been quite pleased with them. Because most of the Great River Trail is paved, these casual hikers will be great for this trip.
Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1 Backpacking Tent:
Clarissa and I have a two-person backpacking tent, but I wanted to cut weight and size, so I picked up this solo backpacking tent while it was on sale.
Small and light are relative terms when it comes to backpacking gear; at 4.5 pounds, it’s heavier than what ultralight backpackers would prefer, but is the lightest tent I’ve ever owned. Of course, there’s only room for me, but that’s all I need. The rest of my gear can sleep outside.
Cotopaxi Taboche Backpack:
I knew I would need a new pack for this trip, and I wanted to make sure that it would also serve me well for future endeavors. So I chose this 55L Taboche from Cotopaxi, one of my favorite outfitters. It’s super comfortable, incredibly adjustable, weighs less than four and a half pounds, and has plenty of cargo space. I went with the vibrant red color, so I should be easy to see on the trail.
If you see me on the trail in this pack, I hope you’ll consider saying hi, or strolling with me for a few minutes to help pick up any litter we come across. If you’re interested in joining me for any leg of the journey, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or check out my Facebook page where I’ll post regular updates about where I’m at and how I’m doing. I’d love to see you out there and have some company along the way.
If you’re unable to join me but still want to help out, I hope you’ll consider joining me in spirit and picking up litter on your own trail that day, or even in a nearby park or your own neighborhood. And don’t feel the need to wait until I’m on the trail! To help encourage people to join in, I’m hosting a giveaway on my Instagram account! Post a shot of yourself picking up some litter, or the spot that you’ve beautified, for a chance to win a $25 gift card for Cotopaxi. Make sure that you tag my username “@Intrepid_Daily” and be sure to use the hash tag “#GRTTrashTrek” so that I can see your entries. Remember, this giveaway is starting today, so post away!
I’d also like to mention that I’ll be returning to Paula Sands Live on Thursday June 23rd, to talk briefly about the Great River Trail Trash Trek. I hope you’ll tune in if you can, and I’ll be sure to post a link for those of you who would like to view but can’t watch live.
The beginning of the hike is right around the corner so keep your eyes peeled for me, and I hope to see some of you out there too!