Hobbits in New Zealand

Hello from Te Awamutu, home of Crowded House. Who’s that you ask? Some 80s band, but it excited J.  Te Awamutu is not on the trail, but we’ve had the good fortune of connecting with a stateside friend’s cousin’s husband’s father. Got the connection? So they were awesome enough to be used as a mail…

Day 18: ZERO Day

So, we are on an unplanned zero day. No one is hurt or sick. But remember that wet weather I mentioned? Last night, it got epic. Heavy downpours and gale winds. If you google New Zealand news, the wet weather is a top headline. Didn’t seem like a good day to hike, as the weather…

Bye Bye Colorado

Greetings from San Francisco! We are just hours away from our flight to New Zealand–eeek!! We got to see Seth Meyers live last night as a special treat and he did not disappoint in the laugh factor. He wished us well on our journey and gave us both kisses and hugs. Okay that last part…

Currently: November

Current mood:  a bit frantic, but I believe we got everything done on our to do list. All systems are checked, the bags are finally packed (see pix below – all of that fit in 2 backpacks!) and we are on a flight to San Francisco today and a flight to Auckland, NZ Saturday! Ready…

What’s In Our Bags?

Our base weights (without food and water) are: Justin 18 lbs Patrice 13.5 lbs Here’s the breakdown … Backpacks Justin – Gregory Baltoro 65 (2015 version)   Weight: 4lbs 12 oz Patrice – Gregory Deva 60 (2015 version) Weight: 4lbs 6oz Tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Tent  (updated 2014) Weight: 3 lbs 2 oz Sleep System Justin  Therm-a-Rest Auriga 35 degree down blanket (750+ fill goose down…

Going Live

I’ve said this before. I don’t know how long J & I can ride this wave of working together in different areas of the outdoor industry, but some of our smarter friends said if we really wanted to keep it up, we needed to brand ourselves. So we are doing that. Step by step. Step…

One More Sponsor!

We secured another sponsor! And, once again, it is a company we have known and loved for years. Big Agnes is providing us with our 29 square foot “home” while we are in New Zealand – the Cooper Spur UL2 tent. We actually used the Copper Spur on the AT, but they have come out…

TA Mail Drops

On the AT, we loved getting our mail drops. People sent us 40+ pieces of “mail magic” in the form of letters and packages. Obviously this is not going to happen in New Zealand. BUT, I am posting our mail drop locations as a reference for other TA hikers (see permanent tab labeled TA Mail…

More on Hiking Utah

After 11 nights–some very cold and snowy nights I might add–of sleeping in a tent, we are wrapping up our mini (1850 miles) road trip with a few overdue showers and electricity (other than our solar power device). It’s good practice for the next 4 months, I suppose. Our return trip from the Grand Canyon…