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peter vacco
(fluff@inreach.com) - M

Locale: no. california
Kristin Gates is hiking across a lot of Alaska. on 06/26/2013 19:09:30 MDT Print View

it seems soloist Kristin Gates is hiking (rather well at this point) across a great chunk of Alaska.
any woman that can post a blog ending with " Time for planning has run out and all that is left is the final surrender to fatalitism. " is certainly showing she's got the Right Stuff.

one can follow here adventure at http://milesforbreakfast.com/ linking to her blog and twitter (spot maps) pages from there.

v.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Kristin Gates is hiking across a lot of Alaska. on 06/27/2013 10:15:17 MDT Print View

Thanks for posting this Peter,I recognize her from Jack Haskels CDT hike journal and photos.

Kevin Burton
(burtonator) - M

Locale: norcal
twitter and sat phone. on 06/27/2013 13:01:05 MDT Print View

https://twitter.com/miles4breakfast

I really need to get a sat device that can update twitter. the personal location beacons are my next big purchase I think.

Doing solo's on trails is one thing... in the wilderness is completely another issue altogether.

I also need to get a GPS device that I feel comfortable with.. specifically the fact that my life might depend on it.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Backpacking electronics on 06/28/2013 14:22:54 MDT Print View

Lemesee,

(All batteries but camera are lithium.)

1. PT Scout headlamp (4 coin batteries)

2. Olympus TG 1 camera (1 propietary battery, Li ion)

3. Garmin Colorado GPS (2 AA and 2 spare AA batteries)

4. Steripen Adventurer (2 CR-123 and 2 spare CR-123 batteries)

Now if I get a SPOT locater its MORE batteries!

Can I get a hat with solar panels? Maybe another panel on my pack lid?
Or a Llama for spare batteries and booze?

peter vacco
(fluff@inreach.com) - M

Locale: no. california
Re: Backpacking electronics on 06/29/2013 09:30:55 MDT Print View

"(All batteries but camera are lithium.)

1. PT Scout headlamp (4 coin batteries)

2. Olympus TG 1 camera (1 propietary battery, Li ion)

3. Garmin Colorado GPS (2 AA and 2 spare AA batteries)

4. Steripen Adventurer (2 CR-123 and 2 spare CR-123 batteries)

Now if I get a SPOT locater its MORE batteries!"
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well.. ya.
but here's the deal. if you go North (like Kristin), then HA ! .. you don't need a headlamp.
and a spot will run the entire trip on it's set of Li's. no problem there.
and if you get the correct gps, it will take the same batts as the spot, as well as most probably making the entire trek on one set of batts. probably ...

it's all good.
let us all remember that a spot is better borrowed than bought.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Kristin Gates is hiking across a lot of Alaska. on 06/30/2013 21:46:28 MDT Print View

Epic.

peter vacco
(fluff@inreach.com) - M

Locale: no. california
Re: Re: Kristin Gates is hiking across a lot of Alaska. on 08/02/2013 19:54:47 MDT Print View

it appears she has DONE IT !

(and quickly too)

Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - F

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
Article on 08/30/2013 13:44:47 MDT Print View

Pretty decent writeup in the Fairbanks News Miner about her trip, even including a thumbnail sketch gear list at the end:

http://www.newsminer.com/features/outdoors/brooks-range-ramble-new-hampshire-woman-hikes-and-packrafts-from/article_d5d55504-114b-11e3-8fba-0019bb30f31a.html

PS I tried to make the link live, but the COMPLETELY TERRIBLE software this place runs on thwarted my every html effort...

Edited by Philip.AK on 08/30/2013 17:00:25 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Article on 08/30/2013 14:03:23 MDT Print View

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Edited by retiredjerry on 08/30/2013 14:08:58 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: Article on 08/30/2013 14:09:34 MDT Print View

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hmmm - can only get it to work with .com, won't work with the .html extension

oh well...

Edited by retiredjerry on 08/30/2013 14:11:13 MDT.

James Castleberry
(Winterland76)
Amazing article on 08/30/2013 16:47:23 MDT Print View

I enjoyed everything about this article, especially since I've been fascinated by Brooks Range since I was 16 and first heard about it. Loved her meticulous planning and prep and overall mindset.
Sounds like she has been using a GoLite Quest for some time. Props to Patagonia and Henry Shires' Tarptent for being sponsors!
Particularly interesting was the technology aspects.
"Thanks to modern technology, Gates was able to stay in contact with her parents back in New Hampshire using a SPOT device and a satellite phone. She texted a message to her parents each night to let them know where she was and how she was doing, as well as phoning them once a week. Her father also regularly texted her weather reports so she knew what to expect weather-wise.
“I felt a little ridiculous tweeting in the middle of the Brooks Range,” Gates confided.
She also carried an iPod to keep her entertained and memorized Robert Service's poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee” to pass the time. Gates used a solar charger to recharge both the phone and her iPod, she said.