Great Basin Prep

One hard lesson learned about an incredibly wild place....

Yeah, that's right. I've never been to the Great Basin Desert. In fact, I'm going to start the hike only a few days from now, and I have yet to even step foot in the state of Nevada! But don't worry Ma, I'm not completely ignorant on the subject....

Due to the (more than usual) snowfall this year, it's looking like finding water won't be an issue. But the snow adds different challenges. Pulling a cart with all my gear may not as easy as I'd hoped for. I thought of scrapping the idea and pulling a sled or just backpacking, but that won't work either. There are loads of mileage, hundreds of them in fact, that will be bare. So I'm going to stick with the original plan, at least for now; pull the cart, so I can take what I need, and slap on my new Atlas snowshoes when the get going, gets tough. 

Previously and ignorantly, I had measured this hike as somewhere near the 500 mile range. VERY WRONG. Those of you that think I'm a seasoned adventurer and often know what I'm talking about, this is an example of how I am still (very much) learning. After doing the math and mapping a route, I'm looking at 700 miles.  I'm OK with it, but it came to a bit of a surprise. 

After visiting Salt Lake City this past week, and the winter Outdoor Retailer trade show with my friend and UGo Bars sponsor, T. Gates,  I was able to pick up support by a few necessary sponsors. My feet gave me fits on my walk across Indiana, so it was my main concern. Lucky for me Garmont Boot Co., Wigwam Socks, and Atlas Snowshoe company have outfitted me with the best gear on the market. So I'm feeling good about it. For now....until I learn I've made another misjudgment anyway.

This week I'm setting out to learn more about the conditions I'll be facing, and check and double-check my gear list. This will also be my first attempt at setting up food drops. There aren't many spots to do so, I'll be making up the saved water weight in the cart, with extra food. 

Lastly, the adventure needs a purpose. I love me a land trust, and the Nevada Land Trust is doing it right. Along my hike, I'll be sharing burps about the 42,000 areas they've saved forever. I hope you learn something, I did. 

I'm getting anxious...it's about time again to go get a little lost...