Sunday, July 10, 2016

Gearing Up!

It has been a long time since I have done a proper post … too long. My journey is, as always, busily filled with living life while trying to fit it learning and growing as a part of the natural world. Rest assured, I am still treading this MooseBoots trail. In fact, I have both an exciting announcement and a request for assistance.

Big Little Sister is now an adult and a world traveler. She recently completed one of the things on her list of 100 things (her bucket list) by traveling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This was her first trip overseas and she completed it alone. We have encouraged her to live out her dreams now, while she is young, and then get tied into life.

One of the other things on her list is to through hike (hike end to end non-stop) the Appalachian Trail. Big Little Sister has been purchasing her gear over the last year or so … carefully researching each piece of equipment needed and buying it with an eye toward having to carry it for the full AT. As a trial run, she plans to hike the 100 Mile Wilderness later this summer.

As a concerned parent, I told her that I did not wish her to try this alone. I asked her to find a partner for the trip. I also told her that if she couldn't find one that I would hike it with her. To which she responded, “We go in August.”

Photo by BobWalker

I can not tell you how excited I am to have this opportunity to spend time in nature with my daughter!

We have been passively planning this for the last few months. I convinced my boss to allow me to roll over (against published company policy) 2 weeks of vacation time to spend on the trail. I have begun reading everything I can about gear, about the trail, about anything related.

Of course, the harsh reality is that I now have less than 2 months to gear up. Even more harsh, I do not have the finances to be able to purchase the extensive list of gear needed for the two week outing. So, I need your help.

Here are some ways you could help:
  • Click on this link, Expedition Kit Contest, and enter, which will give me bonus entries into the contest. If you win, I might ask you to borrow your gear.
  • Round up any gear that you might have around. I would love to take it off of your hands, even just for a couple of weeks.
  • If you, or someone you knows, works for (or owns) a company that makes this type of equipment and would like to sponsor the trip, please let me know. I will take seconds that are otherwise unsalable.
  • While I would prefer one of the previous options, you could make a donation using the button on the sidebar. I will use the money to fund the trip, but would really rather you let me use your gear.
  • Share this post with all of your friends and family! Post a link on all of your social media sites, too.

I will post a complete listing of the gear I plan to carry along with the current equipment weight. If an item does not have a weight listed, it is because I do not yet have one to use. While I am not seeking brand new, cutting edge technology, please bear in mind that I will need to carry the full equipment list and 20 pounds (10 kilograms) of food for 100 miles.

One might ask what all of my learning has been for, if I plan to take all of this gear. I intend to forage foods along the way. I also intend to try to do this as primitively as possible, but I want to be prepared in case my skills are not up to the challenge, Yes, it is a better safe than sorry argument.

Big Little Sister will be carrying a camera to capture the sights. I will be carrying a journal to write my observations. I would post real-time posts, but I understand that cell service is very sketchy in that part of the country. So, you will have to wait for photos and thoughts. Who knows, it might even turn into a book.

I think my MooseBoots journey is going to take an enormous turn this summer!

I am so grateful for the chance to do this with my daughter, for your support in this, and for the Universe's continued guidance in all things.


  1. I entered the contest using your link and if I happen to win, you are welcome to use the gear first! (I'd say forever, but after looking at it, Manly will probably need it at some point too. You can break it in for us! LOL)

    Sponsor companies: not sure if they have anything you're looking for, but you might try touching base with Tom Bihn in Seattle, WA. They are a great company and might have something they could work out with you. Also, maybe REI? You might have a store closer to you that you'd rather use though. L. L. Bean HAS to support you, right? It's a Maine thing! :D

    Shared the link on FB and I hope it gets you lots more entries and some other resources. When you have a minute, take a look at - if there are any freeze-dried or dehydrated foods on there that sound tasty to you and Big Little Sister, email me and I'll see what I can get shipped your way over the next month or so before y'all head out. I'm guessing the stuff *in* the cans would add up to be too much weight, but you could portion it out into baggies (so you have more food, less weight), or we could do some in pouches (less food per $/lb but would save you the time of portioning it out in advance).

    Best of luck to you both, and safe travels. May the road rise up to meet you...

    1. Thanks, Melonie!

      I will have to look into the sponsors and

      Only 7 weeks left, to which Big Little Sister replied, "Gulp!"

    2. I have looked into sponsorships from both L.L Bean, and REI for my full trail trip, and unfortunately neither will not sponsor you unless you're part of a non-profit organization that focuses in the outdoors.


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