I am at my sisters tonight for awhile and wanted to catch some of this up and clarify a couple of things.
1st thanks to all that has contributed to this thread and offered to donate and lend out gear.
I tried to post something like this earlier from the library but on the last few key strokes my time expired and I guess it was lost.sorry about that.
not having regular net service is really making this difficult to coordinate,where everyone can voice there questions or opinions and be readily answered.
please feel free to call me and we can discuss anything,
I wont be available tomorrow during the day, my mom has a doctors visit and I will be with her most of the day,but leave a message and I will call you back.
some here are wondering about the multiple gear items that I selected well truthfully I was kinda overwelmed by the response of so much offered, and thought well since it might be available why not test some different setups and see what will work best for me on this thru hike.
I want to keep the weight down but also be prepared, some of the gear I am familiar with and some I am not.
I have never used a quilt,so I would like to test one out and see how it works for me
the bag is one I am familiar with and was the only non loaner.and with bags being a pretty personal item I didn't want to take the chance of messing up someones bag and returning it damaged.
with the packs I did pick 2 as I would like to find the one that works for me.
the shelter options were just that, I am not really used to useing a tarp setup alot and wanted to test out some,
the cloudburst that was offered as a loaner was something I always had thought of and looked at and when it was offered I wanted to test it out.
same for the stoves and finding which pot will work for my style.
I am sorry I guess I did get over excited but I thought since it is available try it out.
I promise that I am not collecting gear anything not used will be sent back or passed on pending the owners choice.
I just want to pick the right gear, trust me any gear is great gear and it is so very much appreciated I do not want to seem ungreatful for everything this community has done for me.
I realize that this is taking a big risk to help out a fellow hiker in this way and worry that it is going to go bad,I think about how I am percieved here well before I write anything.
if anyone is to uncomfortable with this and chooses not to participate,I will understand, no hard feelings..
with that said.please feel free to contact me regarding gear or questions. all my info is in the 1st post or I believe it may be on the list, I have not checked yet.
anyone that has info on how or where I can get a guide or the maps (which ever is best)for planning town stops and resupply please contact me!! God Bless