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Buried in trail preparation!

I’m floundering!  First off I’m living in NH which means I’m under more than three feet of snow after this past “storm”!  Yesterday was day 50 in my count down and there are still so many things to do!  It seems like each time I dig myself out I just get buried again.  Fire hydrant

To give you an idea of what is still ahead of me for my trip planning.
Need to finish purchasing my gear.

Big ticket items:  Tent ($450) and Backpack ($250)
Smaller items but still necessary: Stove ($35), Sleeping bag liner ($60), footwear ($150), base layers ($110).

The price of my gear is up there.  But I am also doing my best to buy light weight.  I want my pack weight to remain under 35 pounds once food and water are added.  This is a challenging game, every item adds up.  You don’t realize just how much you’re carrying until you have no where left in your pack to squeeze that one last item.  35 pounds may not sound like much, and for a day it’s not, but imagine carrying a small child for 2,189 miles through snow, rain, heat, and bugs.  Doesn’t sound like much fun does it!  Bonus for me, my 35 pound “child” will not squirm or complain, they’ll leave that up to me.  The weight of my pack is a REALLY big deal for me.  I need to do everything in my power to protect my knee so I can enjoy my hike and reduce the chance of reinjuring myself.

My life for the next 5-7 months will be lived out of this pack, it will include only what I need (or deem a serious treat).

What my pack will weigh: 19 lbs 14.3oz. (Not including a full water bladder and food for 3-5 days) 343_847_lg

Gear: 5 lbs 9.9 oz.
-Pack:  4 lbs. 15 oz.
-Pack cover:  4 oz.
-Water Bladder: 2 oz.
-Stuff sacks:  4 oz.
-Bear Bag:  0.9 oz.

Base: 4 lbs 15.1 oz.
-Tent: 2 lbs. 7 oz.
-Footprint: 3.8 oz.
-Sleeping bag:  2 lbs. 4 oz.
-Sleeping pad:  1 lbs. 1 oz.
-Sleeping bag liner:  4.6 oz.
-Pillow:  5.8 oz.
-Knee cushion:  2.9 oz.

Kitchen: 1 lbs. 5 oz.
-Stove:  3 oz.
-Fuel:  6 oz.
-Pots:  9.5 oz.
-Spoon: 0.8 oz.
-Cozy: 1.7 oz.
-Mug/cup:  ?

Star trying out new gear!  Not even a blizzard keeps us from our hot chocolate!

Star trying out new gear! Not even a blizzard keeps us from our hot chocolate!

Necessities: 1 lbs. 13.5 oz. 
-Water Filter:  7.8 oz.
-Headlamp:  3 oz.
-Batteries:  5 oz.
-First aid: 4 oz.
-Inhaler: 1 oz.
-Cord:  4 oz.
-Trowel: 0.6 oz.
-TP:  2 oz.
-Lady Cup: 1.5 oz.
-Pstyle: 0.6 oz.

Clothing:  5 lbs. 5 oz.
-Bra:  7.8 oz.
-Shorts: 5 oz.
-Socks (3 pair):  6.9 oz.
-Base bottom: 7 oz.
-Base top:  8 oz.
-Shirt:  4.2 oz.
-Pants: 1 lbs
-Warm layer: 13.5 oz.
-Down jacket:  11.2 oz.
-Buff: 2.9 oz.
-Hat: 3 oz.
-Camp shoes:  3.7 oz.
-Hiking Shoes:  11.8 oz.

Spoilers: 13.8oz
-iPhone:  4.6 oz.
-iPod:  0.8 oz.
-Paperwhite:  7.8 oz.
-Chargers:  0.5 oz.
This long list of items is only part of the planning!  I still have Star’s pack to figure out and all the logistics of package drops and meal planning.  This is a huge undertaking – only made more challenging by my stubbornness to provide my dog with the best!

We have snow mountains in my back yard! Summit is 6; above sea level and 7' wide!

We have snow mountains in my back yard! Summit is 6; above sea level and 7′ wide!

I am so thrilled to have SPONSORSHIP and SUPPORT from some amazing companies, THE HONEST KITCHEN, RUFFWEAR, GOOD TO GO, and CROSSFIT BONA FIDE!

If YOU would like to support my journey (click the blue links) you can do so either through Amazon where you can pick out specific items from my “wish list” (remember last time we learned the links don’t work from phones)
OR  feel free to send MONETORY support via PayPal!  You are able to send money directly to me with just my email – this makes life easier!  Feel free to attach a note with your address so I can send you a note from my journey!
email:      erin.tuveson@gmail.com

NO POST WOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT SOME PICTURES!!!

Rod iron fence from our snowshoe trek into town!

Rod iron fence from our snowshoe trek into town!

I keep hearing we have roads somewhere under the snow!

I keep hearing we have roads somewhere under the snow!

 

 

 


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Shameless request for donations!

I am having to learn it is okay to ask for what you need, to reach out to the people who are interested in your journey and want to be a part of it in some way.  I have put together a small “wish list” on amazon (click here) – and don’t freak out when the first thing you see is a tent (I do need it but I don’t expect anyone to snag it for me).  There are numerous items ranging from food to electronics.  This journey started months ago for me, learning to speak up and ask for help or to sit and listen to the experiences of others.    Thank you for the consideration!!!
I am hearing rumors the link isn’t working for everyone so you can look up my “wish list” on amazon under “Erin AT Tuveson“.  THIS will link you to where you put in my name.
If you are still having trouble try this direct link to my “wish list”:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=AVGLIVOVHZ5BA

we share

we share

If you are interested in donating and you’d like a part of my trip I will be mailing out my own personally designed thank you cards at the end of my adventure – can’t help but share the beautiful experiences with others!

Here are just a couple possibilities from the trail! This make beautiful cards ;)

Here are just a couple possibilities from the trail! This make beautiful cards 😉

I want to send a huge shout out and THANK YOU to Ruffwear!  Star is very excited about the donation you sent!!!

Digging deep in her new Bivy Bowl

Digging deep in her new Bivy Bowl

She found the goods!

She found the goods!

And she's very happy!  Can't wait to hit the trails and try out the Roamer Leash!

And she’s very happy! Can’t wait to hit the trails and try out the Roamer Leash!

 

thank you