Apologies for the delay in writing this article. It’s been a month since my last post and so much has happened. First and foremost, I’m really excited I got this blog up and running. As most of you know the two primary goals of this blog are
- Provide support for The Christmas Box International
- Convince my family and friends that I haven’t died yet and allow them to share in this adventure
With that in mind, thank you all for your support. In order to achieve the goal of raising $10K for CBI, I need your continued support. Every donation makes a huge difference. Whether it’s $5, $20 or $100, your donations make it possible to provide high quality care to at-risk kids. Sharing this blog is another extremely helpful method to support the cause, so anything you can do to help raise awareness is greatly appreciated. Share on Facebook, tell your significant other, stop the mailman and spread the word, show the receptionist at your nail salon, etc., etc. I’d love it if any of you with media connections could introduce me to someone that might be willing to do a story on this project. Finally, CBI is always looking for good volunteers. I was thrilled to hear about a colleague that has started a craft night with some of the younger kids. Bottom line, is there a million ways you can make a difference, you just have to decide you want to be part of the solution.
Next, I’m really excited to announce that the Momentum Climbing Event was a huge success. Nine amazing teenagers joined our six Backcountry.com volunteers for a few hours of epic fun. It was really cool to see the confidence grow in the kids. Most of these kids had never climbed, so starting out there was some apprehension about climbing higher than 10 feet. By the end, they were all champions and conquered numerous walls. They were even racing each other on timed runs and everyone had smiles on their faces. To all of the volunteers and the many more that offered, thank you. You are my heroes.
I should also announce that I’ve officially received my permit to start the PCT on 4/21/17. I’ll be driving out to Cali with my cousin Surba Tucker or Drill Master Tucker to those that have the privilege of training under him. Over the last 18 months, he’s done a lot to help me with my physical conditioning so it’s great to be able to spend some time with him prior to my departure.
I’ve also made great strides in my preparation. I’ve given up my apartment and moved nearly everything into a storage unit. A special shout-out to The Other Side Movers who did a wonderful job moving my furniture. The Other Side Movers are a nonprofit that helps rehabilitate convicts & drug abusers while teaching them a trade. Very affordable and professional. I’ll also have my car up for sale later this afternoon and I now have less than three weeks remaining until I leave Backcountry. I’ve also done a ton of shopping for remaining items needed like shoes, socks, & hiking underwear. I promise the next post will detail my gear list.
Finally I had a great backpacking trip last weekend with some amazing friends down in the San Rafael Swell. We wanted to hike from Ramp to Cistern but couldn’t find the connection and unfortunately had to back track to get out of there. Scrambling up a 25 ft. exposed wall with a full pack was an experience. There was a scary moment when a friend nearly slipped off the wall, but thankfully everyone made it out safely. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a birthday and I’m lucky to have so many amazing people in my life.