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Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!! on 02/19/2010 10:45:28 MST Print View

Folks,

In reference to Don's post for help -- we now have a consolidated listing. Please feel free to add any items you wish to give (or lend):

1. Click HERE .
2. Locate the proper gear category.
3. Within the category, try to group like items together.
4. Indicate your item name, description, size, etc.
5. Indicate your name.
6. Everything listed is presumed to be a gift -- unless you indicate "loaner" in the remarks column!


This listing is editable by anyone. Thanks.

Edited by ben2world on 02/19/2010 10:51:01 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!! on 02/19/2010 16:01:07 MST Print View

A quick clarify:

There is no "save" function on the spreadsheet. Whatever you add or change will simply remain.

As the document creator, I can log in and do a formal "save" -- and I'll do that from time to time.

obx hiker
(obxcola) - MLife

Locale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!!" on 02/19/2010 17:16:05 MST Print View

Hi Ben!

VERY nice work! I just added the weight for the items I'm contributing.

One thing I learned ( I think) from working alot in access ( a dbase layered over excel ) is that once you have made your entry just click in an empty field and the change/entry is "recorded"

Is that correct?

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!!" on 02/19/2010 17:19:57 MST Print View

Thanks, Cola. I know we're all glad to help!

And yes, whatever you enter, it's recorded once you hit return or move to another field. There is no additional "save" function.

Lori Pontious
(lori999) - M

Locale: Central Valley
Re: Re: Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!!" on 02/19/2010 17:32:39 MST Print View

All righty, just wasn't sure how google docs did that... haven't really use it.

Hope Don gets back soon to give us more info - bet he'll be surprised.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Re: Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!!" on 02/19/2010 18:18:16 MST Print View

"Hope Don gets back soon to give us more info - bet he'll be surprised."

+1. I've decided not to ship anything until we hear from him on what he wants, since other folks are offering the same things I am.

If anyone else is 'hurting' at the moment, if my stuff doesn't go to Don, happy to pass it to someone else!

JR Redding
(GrinchMT) - F
Re: Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail on 02/19/2010 22:51:30 MST Print View

Thank You Ben for the Spreadsheet. I added my own items in there just a bit ago. That was a good idea.

--Joe

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail on 02/19/2010 23:04:43 MST Print View

You're welcome Joe -- but the idea is Cola's. :)

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!! on 02/24/2010 09:40:47 MST Print View

Hi All:

I just got a PM from Don that he has updated the CONSOLIDATED WORKSHEET .

Everyone, please click there and:

1. see if Don has accepted your item(s)
2. ship the item(s) to Don -- his address is at the top of the schedule in RED.
3. indicate your shipped date in Column F.

Thanks!

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!! on 02/24/2010 10:23:07 MST Print View

Don is going to have his bases well covered. I didn't see anything on there I could give that hasn't already been accounted for!

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!! on 02/24/2010 10:23:47 MST Print View

Sam, if you're looking to unload free gear......:)

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!! on 02/24/2010 11:53:44 MST Print View

Ben... thanks for making the spreadsheet. I am happy to provide item Don has selected... but I am a bit concerned that he selected 3 stoves & 3 pots. What's the deal here?

--Mark

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!! on 02/24/2010 12:00:51 MST Print View

@ Mark (and everyone else who's concerned):

I got this PM from Don (I made a few typo corrections) -- I feel that it's OK to paste here for the general community:

"Hey Ben I went and updated the listing, I think it worked ..call me if needed thanks Don 317-856-1896. I tried to let everyone know that all items not used will be returned, I don't want them thinking that I am collecting gear, it looks like a lot but I just want to have the right kit for this trip, so I will experiment over the next 2 months. Thanks again and just bear with me while I am having trouble getting time online..Don."

Edited by ben2world on 02/24/2010 12:03:08 MST.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!! on 02/24/2010 12:27:32 MST Print View

great. trying things to find what works best make good sense.

obx hiker
(obxcola) - MLife

Locale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!!" on 02/24/2010 14:01:56 MST Print View

It really does make it more difficult that Don doesn't have ready access to the blog.

But I am still a little uncomfortable with multiple duplicate items.

What this community has done in response to this situation is really commendable. We all hopefully learn something every day and this is evidently a new situation or endeavor for the board. I think we want to be careful to get it right with an eye to the future. In that regard for example Ben's list as been a real boon. Nothing like a great tool!

Regarding the duplicates I was thinking/hoping Don meant this/or this/or this.... with the duplicates; but evidently the correct proposition is And/and/and..... and what I don't want I'll send back?

There's an added burden of time and expense for the donor and for Don. (shipping and etc.) and the potential for things to go wrong.

Plus while I've freely reconciled myself to happily giving up the items I have volunteered, I still want the effort to make a difference.

Trying to assume Don's point of view; maybe he can't really judge without seeing the various items. Maybe he's worried that some items won't be in such good shape.

I don't know. I've decided to just be patient and see where this all goes with interest. But I do think we should be careful to try and get it right.

And thinking on it I think I'll just send along a return Package with a detached address sticker. Don can use it for any item he needs to return to anyone. Maybe that might help handle categories with duplicates.

PS: Good thing we're backpacking light. Anything under 1 lb goes anywhere ( US ) for $4.90

Edited by obxcola on 02/24/2010 14:26:31 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Group Effort to Keep Don on the Trail!!!" on 02/24/2010 14:24:42 MST Print View

My 2 cents -- I think it's fine (and expected) that Don would want to try out a few things.

Also, unless particular contributors specify to the contrary -- I think Don should just retain whatever he doesn't want and pass them on to the next hiker in need -- rather than spending money mailing stuff back to individual contributors.

Don (Biloxi) Carter
(donjuan70) - F

Locale: Red Neck Riviera
an update for the new thread on 02/24/2010 17:09:01 MST Print View

hello everyone,
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
Don

Lucas Boyer
(jhawkwx) - MLife

Locale: 38.97˚N, 95.26˚W
re: hiker generosity on 02/25/2010 09:36:45 MST Print View

I too have watched w/ amazement the outpouring of love for a fellow hiker. I am truly proud to consider myself part of a community that extends its collective hand to a hiker/human in need. All of this activity has me thinking a lot of the fear of asking for help when we are in need. I consider it a brave act to bare one's soul when you are down on your luck and ask for help. Too often, our pride and perhaps fear of rejection, etc. keeps us from teaming w/ other souls to accomplish a task. I can only imagine the amount of gear available in garages and basements that could be put to similar usage as we've witnessed here. What about a centralized location/website that would host a big gear cooperative loaner/donation list. Bear w/ me here, I'm brainstorming. Perhaps hikers would hold on to their gear as long as it was on the Big List and the host(perhaps myself) would take requests for gear and dispatch to owners of gear, who could then ship directly to the party in need. This might be best left to community, individuals, and existing networks, but I'm curious how it might be used to break some barriers between people in need and getting out there to hike. Fire away, I'm listening.

Don (Biloxi) Carter
(donjuan70) - F

Locale: Red Neck Riviera
quick update on 02/27/2010 17:13:54 MST Print View

Hello everyone,
I wanted to let everyone know that some of the gear is starting to arrive
I recieved the poles from Jay and the platy from Ben
if you are sending or have sent anything please feel free to call and let me know so I can look for it.
but thank you all again for your help and well wishes
my info again is.
Don Carter
5034 Rocky Forge Drive
Indianapolis,Indiana
46221
317-856-1896

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: quick update on 02/27/2010 17:45:53 MST Print View

I sent a box on the 24th...should take something like 10 days. Tracking number is posted on the list Ben made. Enjoy!