I’m Homeless

I finally finished moving out of my apartment. I underestimated the amount of useless shit that I have and it took about 4 days longer than expected. Every time I move I always say that I’ll never do it again. The difference this time is I did not move from one place to another. Maybe I should say I will never move IN to another place. With the help from my friends and family I am not paying to store my stuff in a storage unit, which feels really good.

I went back last night to pick up one final load of my things and the new tenant had partially moved in. It’s kind of like seeing an ex with their new boyfriend – it felt awkward. I will miss my old apartment and neighborhood but my excitement about what is to come overshadows that.

My final day of work is this Friday and then I will have a birthday/(going away temporarily) party on Saturday. After that I will wake up jobless and homeless with plenty still to prepare. One thing I have not been doing is hiking. We got hit with a snowstorm here in Portland so at least I was able to walk around in the foot deep snow with my gear to test my shoes/socks/gaiters setup and I have to say I am pretty happy with it.

Starting Sunday I will have plenty of time to hike and backpack. If I was smart I would sleep outside every night until I leave in March.


January 18th – Mt. Hood – low of 22 degrees previous night.


Flight Booked





This feels official now. I didn’t even purchase buyers protection.

Flight booked

Still on track

I haven’t made a blog post in over a month so I just wanted to give a quick update. I have been hiking a lot but not backpacking. I have 8 days off at the end of the year (including Christmas and New Years) so I plan to get out for at least 2 nights in a row.

I bought a new underquilt during a black Friday sale that I will review soon. It is a 0 degree Hammock Gear Incubator with 1 oz. of overstuff. I think it might have been a little overkill but I wanted some separation between this and my Yeti 3 season underquilt. With this piece of equipment I am not as anymore about hitting early winter conditions on the trail.

I have not purchased my plane ticket yet but I think I am getting closer to settling on a late February start date. One problem I am anticipating is my arrival time. It looks like I have no choice but to get there late afternoon. The shuttle service I would like to use asks that your plane lands around early afternoon so you can be at a certain subway stop by late afternoon. I really don’t want to pay $70 for one night in a hotel. I will be asking around for some pre trail magic and hopefully stay at someone’s house in Atlanta for one night, then take a shuttle to the hostel.

I have a lot of posts about gear coming up in the next couple of weeks so be warned.

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