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Deb & Colin "TopsyTurvy + DATAmuffin"
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Date: Mon, Feb 28th, 2011
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Mountains of Dominica
Long past due for an update!
We just got back from a week-long vacation in Dominica, in the Caribbean, where the waters were warm and the jungle was rainy. We hiked to a waterfall, to a boiling lake, and through a veritable jungle gym of roots and branches to the highest peak on the island, getting our legs ready for the ultimate hike to come... It was truly a special place.
We really can't wait to be standing at the border, but so much needs to happen between now and then it's ridiculous. We both have to finish up our jobs, which for Colin probably means a week in Miami (not a bad place to be in March, but, sadly, no mountains to train on). Then we have to fly Colin's cats to Vermont, where Topsy Turvy's Mom has graciously offered to take care of them during our trek. Colin needs to pack and move out of his apartment, and Topsy Turvy needs to get ready for her roommate to take over the house and dog for six months. Oh yeah, and there's this hike we need to prepare for...
Colin's been training with his new Moab Ventilator trail shoes and ULA Circuit backpack, putting 25 pounds of junk mail to good use. Topsy Turvy, well, she's too busy with her very demanding job to do much training on a day to day basis, so she'll probably just have to do the bulk of her "training" on the trail. Colin's hoping his planned itinerary won't be too tough in the beginning, but one way or another we'll make it to Canada. How many miles? 2650 or so, in five months? Yeah, we can do that.
The gear acquisitions are slowly but steadily proceeding. We settled on a Double Rainbow Tarptent for our shelter, but haven't gotten it yet. It's a compromise between weight, convenience, weather protection, and bug protection. Looks solid, and comes greatly reviewed. Colin received his Western Mountaineering Ultralite sleeping bag, which is oh so comfy and warm. GoLite Chrome umbrellas ... the aforementioned ULA backpack ... a battery charger for the iPhone ... all arrived recently as well. We've got the PCT guidebooks, Yogi's guide as well, and Halfmile's maps should be printing this week. Our biggest piece still missing is probably the stove - we'll probably make one for burning alcohol in a can, the ultimate in low-tech for ultralight backpackers, but we still have to settle on a design. And we still need to purchase our Dirty Girl gaiters, and maybe some Kahtoola microspikes for the Sierras instead of our full-on crampons. So many decisions, so many decisions...
Topsy Turvy will continue to make good use of her dehydrator for our meals for the trip. Most of our dinners will be pre-made and sent in our resupply boxes, but it looks like a lot of our snacks will be bought along the way. She's been through this all before, for the AT, but it's all new to Colin, so he's maintaining the faith that it's all gonna come together in these final weeks. 150 days worth of meals, spread out over 30 resupplies, that's a lot of preparation...
March is gonna be a busy month.