Gracie has overseen our packing for many an adventure: the PCT, Grand Canyon, Ptarmigan Traverse, CDT, Chinook, Tanzania, and most weekends here at home. She’s an expert at advising us on trip logistics, food, gear, safety considerations, and route options. And she keeps my pack from weighing too much (Gracie’s weight is my goal base weight).
So when it came to preparing for the Hayduke, Gracie took charge.
New Year’s Eve fun this year was applying for a permit for the Grand Canyon and going shopping for about 850 miles worth of trail food. With less than 90 days until the start of the Hayduke – while also maintaining a full work load and preparing for a trip to Tanzania – we needed to optimize trip planning. December 31st, 2016 was spent faxing permits to Flagstaff and filling a grocery cart at Fred Meyer.
Flash forward to March 24, 2017. It’s time for us to head down to Utah and start getting to know the Hayduke.