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Gear Shakedown: New sleep system

I love sleep. On the Appalachian Trail, I can’t say I slept well. Perhaps it was using a zlite for 5 consecutive months (they compress beyond usefulness after only a month or so of daily use) Perhaps it was the 20 degree nights in a 39 degree bag. Perhaps it was my knees painfully knocking together throwing my hip outta whack.

Well enough senseless suffering! For the PCT I’ve upgraded and never felt better. Meet the new system:

Mountain Laurel Designs Bivy

A new addition to the system to make cowboy camping more pleasant. Water proof sil nylon bottom acts as a groundsheet, extra layer of sleeping bag material on top adds 5-10 degrees warmth and protects from winds. Zipper system keeps out bugs and spiders. I LOVE THIS PIECE OF GEAR.

One note: In 30-degree weather, condensation from my breath occasionally builds up on the inside of the bivy, leaving me with a damp face/head if I’m not careful. I often sleep with my head covered, and in that situation, I made sure to sleep so there was at least a little tunnel for air from my mouth to more directly escape through the mesh of the bivy.

Mountain Laurel Designs 28 degree quilt

Lighter than a sleeping bag and just as toasty. Read my review here

Thermarest NeoAir xLite Torso Length pad

Child sized for extra lightness. Blows up quickly. Infinitely more comfortable than zlite. Never had any issues with punctures or loss of air because of my….

Gossamer Gear foam pad

Laid out under Neo lite to protect blow up mattress from pine needle punctures. Also works well as a sit mat!

Backpack

Placed under my feet to elevate swollen feet and compensate for torso-Lenth pad.

Stuff sack with extra clothes

As a pillow Or between my legs Or to insulate my feet more

 

Last chance to Send Us Mail: Cali edition

*update* please send packages via USPS (ideally priority mail). We’ve had trouble receiving FedEx and UPS. Thanks!

 

 Hi friends! This week we are 2 months and 1330 miles into our trip – half way done with the PCT. We can’t believe it! 

There are only 4 opportunities left to send us mail. So for those who would like to send us a postcard, newspaper clipping or vegan snack… Here are your last chances. Again- thank you so much!! 

If you hate the post office, you can support our journey by contributing to our Eternal Pizza Party. Thanks to Marc at MAHA, Jim & Char, Megan, Alan, and Angel! Our latest EPP Heros!!
SEND US MAIL

IN NORTHERN CALI

Sara Edwards (thru hiker ETA 8/28)C/o General Delivery
10050 Bridge St
Truckee, CA 96161

IN CENTRAL CALI

Sara Edwards (thru hiker ETA 9/2)
C/o General Delivery
950 emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

IN CENTRAL CALI

Sara Edwards (thru hiker ETA 9/12)
C/o General Delivery
3330 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes CA 93546

IN SOUTHERN CALI

Sara Edwards (thru hiker ETA 10/5)
C/o General Delivery
54391 Village Center Drive
Idyllwild CA 92549

Photo by our friend Martin aka Huckleberry Hound

Send Us Mail! Ashland OR edition

 

We miss you guys. Also, we love you! Also, SNACKS!

Here’s the next opportunity to send us mail! As ever… Cards, newspaper clippings or letters are much appreciated! They are so good for our spirits. If you send any food items, remember we are vegan and that means no dairy, meat or honey.

 Sara Edwards (thru hiker ETA 8/1/15)

c\o General Delivery

Ashland, OR 97520

Or you can support our journey by contributing to our Eternal Pizza Party. Thanks to Callie and also Danny! Our latest Heros!!

Send Us Mail: Bend, OR

   Here’s the next opportunity to send us mail! Cards, newspaper clippings or letters are much appreciated! They are so good for morale. If you send any snax, remember we are vegan and that means no dairy, meat or honey. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

Our next mail stop is in Bend OR around July 21st. At this point we will be nearly 6 weeks and 700 miles into our journey.
Please address packages as follows:

Sara Edwards

C\o General Delivery

Bend, OR 97701-2739
If you can’t stand the post office but want to support our journey you could also consider contributing to our Eternal Pizza Party

Introducing Steri Pen

Meet our new water purification system… Steri-pen. Is rechargeable with a USB plug. Lasts about 6 days. 90 seconds of UV light zaps all the critters in our water. So far so good.  
“It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” (First dork who can name this reference in the comments gets a postcard from the trail!)

UPDATE 1/6/16: We used Steri-pen our entire PCT thru hike and never got sick. We found that the charge would last 3.5 days of full-on thru hiker summer water consumption, with two people using it. Eventually we each got our own, so we could have more autonomy, and also so we could extend use between charges. Once I had my own steri-pen I used it for up to 6 days consecutively w/out needing to charge it. My only critique is that it takes a long time to fully charge the steri pen, perhaps 4 hours. Plugging it (and my phone) in was the first thing I did in town, and sometimes I left town w/out a full charge. And I carried a light external battery, for emergency power (but thankfully never needed to use it for steri-pen.)

Send Us Mail – White Pass

  Several friends have asked if you can send cards, letters or snacks. Well… of course! And thanks for asking! Please send small, light things. And if you send snax remember we are vegan and that means no dairy, meat or honey.

Our next mail stop is at white pass around July 5th. At this point we will be over 3 weeks and 325 miles into our journey.

Please address packages as follows:

Sara Edwards (thru hiker ETA 7/5)
c/o White Pass Rural Branch PO

at the Kracker Barrel Store

48851 US Highway 12

Naches, WA 98937