We depart in 10 days for Bangkok and then onward to Bhutan for the Snowman Trek.
Since Jon and I are both going, the house is filled with piles of clothes, gear and food that, hopefully, will fit into four pieces of luggage between the two of us. (Yes, I’m breaking my carry-on bag-only rule for this trip.)
FedEx, UPS and Trac (Amazon) trucks are literally arriving a couple times a day as we place orders for last-minute items we keep realizing we need. And we’re making frequent pilgrimages to REI and other outdoor retailers items that might come in handy.
Many of the companies I’ve been working with over the years by providing reviews of their products have been coming to the rescue and also sending gear: Icebreaker for Merino wool base layers; Goal Zero for solar panels; and Eagle Creek for a water-resistant duffel bag and packing cubes. (Reviews are forthcoming.)
We’ve been out hiking some of the more difficult trails close to Seattle and today we’re off to Denver to hike a 14er (that’s hiking-speak for a mountain over 14,000 feet).
All in all, it’s trek-central around here and a lot of our energies are focused on this crazy 25-day trek. It’s exhilarating and a bit scary all at once. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.