Today the excitement for the Minnesota hike kicked in! I got a lot done, which will go in the report below. And one more thing that really says "this hike is soon!" is putting on the pack and starting to get in shape for carrying the backpack. Just 25 pounds for a few days to start, then I'll begin to work up to full weight.
This is also the official report on what household product works best for getting the pine sap off skin. The vinegar and alcohol worked on it somewhat differently, but both left a bit of a sticky film even after washing with soap afterwards. The clear winner is ammonia which cut the sap, zip zap zonk, all done!
|Hike Planning Report|
|Made phone calls
- preliminary work to get our wilderness permit. Didn't get the right person yet, but left voice mail, and it should be no problem
- have permission to leave one car at Judge Magney SP for the hike and got camping info
Made some contacts about places we need to leave supply boxes. Nothing finalized yet.
Figured out the total meals and what kind- hot, cold, snack, eat out, etc.
Figured out mileages and logistics for getting there, supply boxes placed, etc.
Figured out a prefilter to use with the new water purification system we plan to use for this hike (more on this later)
Put 25 pounds in my pack and walked my normal 1.5 mile loop!
See Thinking About this Year's Big Hike