Where do you even begin?

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Tuesday March 25, 2014.

So, I’ve set out a pretty lofty goal for myself. It’s actually kind of nonsense to think that I’ll be able to achieve this, but I have a reasonable expectation for the time it will take to get to the point where I could conceivably do it. I think.

The first thing I did when I started to seriously think about this was to look up how to prepare. I found this rundown, which gives a concise, basic idea of what you would need to do. It also links to guide services for the expedition itself. The guide services list out the gear you need, the skills you need and give you a good idea of the difficulty you’ll face in this endeavor.

That basic knowledge has set me off to begin what I keep wanting to call my “training.” Is it training? I think so, because, as I mentioned previously, I tend to look at everything I do with regard to fitness as a means to an end. This falls into the “fitness” category for me. Because I call this training, I have no real designs on practicing super-efficient techniques as I move along in the backpacking realm. Perhaps that will change later on, but for now, I see this as a way to get accustomed to the physical difficulties I’ll face.

What I mean by that is that I won’t be trying to pack ultralight. I’ll pack what I need and not concern myself with keeping everything lightweight. This means I won’t be buying up titanium pots and pans, but will instead use cheaper, small aluminum pots. I won’t be packing around a bivy sack for sleeping, but I instead will be using a 3-person for the sake of bringing along friends and family. Packing the things I have smaller is my goal. But lighter isn’t as much of a concern.

The hope here is that I become acclimated to carrying a relatively heavy pack. It will certainly change with each trip I take, and I am positive I won’t be bringing unnecessary things for the sake of weight, but I do want to get used to things being a little tougher than they have to be. I also need to think about the savings I’ll have to amass for one of those guide services.

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