The planning pile

After you’ve picked a good route, picked a good partner, done all the relevant research, and built the best list you can, the only thing left is to make sure you don’t forget anything.

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On longer trips this is rather important, and can be surprisingly difficult.  If all you leave behind is your spoon, little harm will be done.  Forgetting a piece of technical gear, or shorting yourself on food, can have a more serious impact.

For any trip longer than four days I add up my calories.  All of them.  Going hungry is the insecurity I’m most prone to pack.

A week or so out, I pile everything in a place I’ll walk past often.  This visual reminder keeps the details in the forefront of my mind, and makes it more likely I’ll keep reexamining the depths and remember anything I might have thought I packed, but not.  As I write this, I’m pretty sure it’s all there.  Now I just have to drive 17 hours south, and hope lots of skiing and carry loaded packs around the neighborhood with stand up to day 1; a big, rough, technical descent from rim to river.  I’ll be gone next week and most of the week after.

As a housekeeping note: I’ve been experiencing a recent influx of spam designed around the current WordPress filters.  To keep it from piling up in my absence, I tightened said filters quite a bit.  If you’re not a semi-regular contributor here you may be caught in the moderation queue for a little while, and if so I thank you for your patience.

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