Thursday, May 30, 2013


I picked up some postcards while in the Keys that I'm hoping to send out to some of the 2013 hikers soon. I hope I can find the right words of encouragement! And maybe some M&M’s.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Budget Budget Budget

I’m trying my damndest to save up as much money as possible while paying off my student debts and credit card, but the money I’m making working full-time is only about 70% of what I thought I would be bringing home. I also found out about furlough today, and I’ll be loosing 11 days of pay starting mid-July. And who knows about that raise…

I still have a lot of gear to buy, and I’m starting to panic a little. Does anyone have any advice for how much to save?

Gear update

Here’s a quick list of the big ticket items we have purchased so far. We are planning on beginning in February, and we’re both a bit nervous about the cold, hence the heavier jackets. Some base layers have also been purchased, as well as a couple of beanies and things. We still have a long way to go, but at least we are making some progress! We've been getting a great deal on almost all of this gear because Chase is such a wiz at shopping for deals. I swear he's addicted to Steep and Cheap.

Gregory Baltoro 65

Osprey Ariel 65

Mountain Hardwear Lamina 0

Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20

The North Face Meru Gore-Tex Jacket

Patagonia Super Pluma Gore-Tex Jacket

Patagonia Women’s Micro Puff Jacket

Patagonia Piton Hybrid Hoody

Patagonia Men’s Micro Puff Jacket

Patagonia Nano Puff Hybrid Jacket