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Resumption of Strength Hike – #NoKidHungryHike

SH T -978 days / PCT mile 0 / Training miles 2400 / Smokes (last 24 hrs) 20

Total pledge value $2810

The challenge, as issued by Pledging Unit 1, Eric Stromquist, is to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Southbound from the Canadian border, beginning March 15 2015. I choose my own trailname “inSTIGator”.

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Much has happened in the last ten months. I am now Chief of Staff with DigitalCoco, working closely with and for my mentor the past few years, Paul Barron. As a result, I am not certain I can plan this hike for 2014, and instead, have rescheduled it for 2015. Reset of the T-minus date occurs with this post.

I’ve become friends with a fellow hiking enthusiast and am on a slow “sweet talking” process to entice them to join me on this adventure.

More to come…

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July 31, 2011 Update: Building Financial Sustainability

SH T -915 days / PCT mile 0 / Training miles 1251 / Smokes (last 24 hrs) 23

Total pledge value $2810

The challenge, as issued by Pledging Unit 1, Eric Stromquist, is to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Southbound from the Canadian border, beginning March 15 2014.

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The most immediate challenge to doing this fund-raising hike is building Chalkboarder to a level of sustainability that will allow me to take 5 months off from full-time as CEO. This is my main focus for the next 18 to 24 months, in preparing to undertake this endeavor.

Chalkboarder has some exciting activities being planned with current and likely-new partners. It’s a matter, as CEO, of putting one foot in front of the other, every day, in business, to reach this objective of sustainability.

 

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Modified Mini Bic Lighter

A great tip from Ultralight Backpacking… one of the attitudes in long distance hiking is to remove as much weight as possible – this can become an obsession.

“Tip # 125: The Mini Bic Lighter

This is a cute bit of design perfection that is 2 scant inches tall and weighs only 0.4 ounce. Not to be confused with the standard (porky) 3-inch version. They are easy to find for less than a buck at any gas station. Get a bright color (yellow or orange) so you don’t lose it in a campsite kitchen.

Some folks will say don’t take a lighter, because it won’t work if it gets wet. The solution is easy: Don’t let it get wet! (see Tip 26: Care of Equipment) Actually, it will work if it gets wet, it just needs to dry out first. Just put a wet lighter in an inside pocket that is mostly dry (if you are soaked on a rainy day, this…”

Read the whole article here.

As part of logistically planning a long distance hike, I’ll be preparing boxes to have shipped to me at strategic drop points. Every drop point box will have one of these Modified Mini Bic Lighters. And I’ll choose yellow please.. yellow is easier to see at night.

 
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Posted by on 07/18/2011 in mise en place

 

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July 17, 2011 : Research

SH T -929 days / PCT mile 0 / Training miles 1233 / Smokes (last 24 hrs) 20

Total pledge value $2810

The challenge, as issued by Pledging Unit 1, Eric Stromquist, is to hike Southbound from the Canadian border, beginning March 15 2014.

This presents hefty challenge, as most of the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington and Oregon will still have significant snow cover. Consequent, I’m researching backcountry winter expedition skiing, navigation and survival training. Today, I put a half hour into this research.

 

 
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Posted by on 07/18/2011 in logistics

 

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Pledge Number Two

SH T -930 days / PCT mile 0 / Training miles 1231 / Smokes (last 24 hrs) 25

Total pledge value $2810

A BIG SHOUTOUT Joni Doolin, CEO of People Report, for becoming Pledging Unit 2 today, purely by social media happenstance. 🙂

Joni leads an awesome organization and influences many, many people on a daily basis. I’m thrilled to have learned from, conversed with and hung out with her and her community. By the way, if you haven’t been to People Report Summer Camp – you are definitely missing out.

Planning Update:

I’m currently executing Phase Two of my Five Year Plan, written in May 2009. Phase Two is to take my life bi-coastal, living and working from both coasts of the USA. There’s a number of beachheads, objectives and milestones to accomplish in creating the life-space to spend nearly six months thru-hiking in 2014.

 

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1/11/2011

SH T -1176 d / PCT mile 0 / Training miles 15 / Smokes (last 24 hrs) 19

Total pledge value $1405

Perfect day to resume this. In 1998, my (then girlfriend) former wife trained daily for six months prior to us starting a through-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I did a few training hikes, mostly to break in the boots and equipment.

Within three weeks, after a first week of making 6 miles a day, we were pumping out 15+ mile days.

 
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Posted by on 01/11/2011 in training

 

GeekFest at Gnomedex in Seattle

SH T -1318 d / PCT mile 0 / Training miles 15 / Smokes (last 24 hrs) 20

Total pledge value $1405

Training has been muted the last week. A week ago, from Thursday to Saturday, I’d caught some kind of bug that totally wiped me out. From Sund to Thursday of this past week, I’ve been very focused on Chalkboarder.

Seattle is a great town for walking in – very hilly. I’ve put a few miles in the last two days, walking from the International District to Belltown and back.

So this blog not only covers the physical training for thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, it also will cover these topics:

  • Equipment
  • Trail Research
  • Planning the hike by segments
  • Networking and spreading the word to gather pledges
  • And lightly, the effort to build my business over the next 3.5 years so that I can do this hike and meet my personal financial obligations.

Here at Gnomedex, a gathering of geeks, tech-heads, futurists and social web theorists in Seattle, I’ve been networking for a variety of reasons – for new clients, to gather what leading theorists think the social web will be over the next couple years and to build villages.

Back home tomorrow.. and back to physical training.

 

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