A fellow Michigander, LeeAnne and I have been friends since middle school.
Here is some slightly embarrassing photographic evidence:
She is a hiker, cyclist, trail-builder, snowshoer, backpacker, and bestest friend extraordinaire. She is super smart and has much more wilderness experience than I do and probably secretly thinks I’m a little insane.
Which is why, with full Congressional approval, she has been appointed Quartermaster for the duration of “Helen’s PCT Adventure.” As such, her duties include, but are not limited to:
- Mailing me resupply packages as I reach particular towns. These will generally include food (some trail towns don’t have very good food stores), the next batch of Halfmile’s PCT Maps & Yogi’s Handbook (both providing great information on nearby towns, upcoming water sources/caches, & good camping spots), and any new/replacement gear I may need (socks & underwear, a bear canister required in Northern California, etc).
- Packages can take between 2-3 weeks to reach a post office via general delivery, as some towns are quite remote.
- Other packages may be sent via UPS or FedEx to a local business or individuals’ home willing to hold boxes for thru-hikers.
- Listening to me cry over the phone when my feet are covered in blisters and I want to come home.
- Sending me a new pair of shoes to alleviate said blister pain.
- Convincing me not to quit.
- Accepting packages that I send back of unused and discarded gear that I may either no longer need or decide to go without, as it’s too heavy.
- Coming to hang out/hike with me as I reach Washington and draw nearer the Canadian border. I’ll probably need some serious moral support. And some hot food. Blueberry muffins and a few tacos wouldn’t go amiss.
She’s a badass, and I couldn’t ask for a better Q.