If you were to ask me 7 years ago about what I thought I would be doing now, I don’t think that I could have predicted my current status. I am very happy how my life has turned out so far.
I am fairly conservative when it comes to making decisions- I generally overlap jobs until I make a full transistion to the next step, so quitting everything and deciding to hike 2,650mi was not the easiest decision. My original plan was to do this hike in a few years, after I was able to secure a job that could create a rather large buffer… but as things fell into place- I knew that 2014 would be the year.
Current conditions look rather favorable for the Sierras which is good (for me… not the CA water supply), even Forester Pass only has 8″ of snow on it (13,153ft rock wall that has to be climbed on a very narrow trail). The highest peak that I have summited was only 12,276ft so it has been an area of concern. My biggest concern now is water supply through the Mojave, and Southern California. I am planning on going with my reflective umbrella, light weight zip offs and a light shirt of some kind. Still have more to plan, I have hiked in 105F temperatures before and it isn’t a huge amount of fun.
I paid for my permit today and it should arrive in the next month or so, so that is going to be an exciting step!
I put quite a few of my timelapses together about a month ago- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIcwQfBh0gY Hope you enjoy!
Until next time… may the world keep spinning and such!