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Eric Weis is a Denver based REI Flagship store sales and product expert with one mission at hand (for now): Hike the Colorado Trail. 485 miles of wild Rocky Mountain good times. Here’s his first excerpt from the trip. Eric will be sending us trip reports periodically from the field with updates on his journey. Eric, we promise to get these posted in a more timely manner! Good Luck!
By Eric Weis
It is currently the evening of June 13th and tomorrow I set out on one of my most ambitious journeys yet. I plan to hike the 485 miles from Denver to Durango that is known as the Colorado Trail. The two most frequent questions that I get asked when I mention these plans are “How?” and “Why?” To answer the first, there has certainly been quite a bit of forethought and planning involved. I have sent ahead five care packages filled mostly with food to post offices via “general delivery” so as to ensure adequate food and nutrition for the duration of the hike. These care packages consist largely of Snickers bars, a variety of other energy bars, oatmeal, beef jerkey, nuts, summer sausage, Lipton’s rice and pasta dishes, dehydrated meals, and more Snickers bars (app 16,000 calories worth). I have also had to carefully plan out my gear list as well.
My pack weighs app. 15 pounds without food and water. Since this is my first long-distance hike, I have made some choices (such as carrying a one-person tent rather than a tarp) for the sake of comfort. The main items are as follows:
REI Flash 65 Pack
REI Chrysalis One-person Tent
Western Mountaineering Summerlite 30 Degree Sleeping Bag
Therm-A-Rest Z-Lite Sleeping Pad
Alcohol Stove with REI 0.9 L Ti Pot
This is also the reason that you find this blog on the Boa Blog site. I am hiking the trail in a pair of Vasque Blur trail running shoes that have been outfitted with the Boa lacing system. The Boa system with its light weight, on the fly adjustibility, durability, and dialed in fit will be an integral part in my ability to hike up to 25 miles per day.
The second question has a much shorter, but more cryptic answer. “It just feels like the right thing to do at the right time to do it.” I believe that when me make decisions based on what is closest to our true selves, the universe conspires and creates the opportunities for each of us to accomplish great things. Basically, I am doing it because my gut is telling me to. I will spare you of anymore pseudo-philosophical babble, and just say that I wish you all well, and I will write again when I reach Breckenridge sometime next week.
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