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So I've been gabbing on a good bit about my desire to start camping. Well part of that desire is that there is a big part of me that would truly love to be a thru-hiker. A thru-hiker for those that don't know the term, is someone who hikes major trails like the Appilation trail (AT for short) from end to end in one go. It is an amazing feat that takes months and extreme endurance to accomplish.

I know that at this point I am in no shape to attempt such a feat. But I do think it is something I wish to strive the very least I could use some firming up. And to do it I plan on doing more walking and hiking.

I think the main thing that has held me back from attempting even day hikes is my gender. I live in a relatively small town. honestly it's considered "the sticks" by most people. While it is beginning to go sub-urban at the moment it is still somewhat a suburb of a suburb. And I know of at least 3 murders in the area just this year, and know for a fact that one of them was a sexual predator that attacked a female biker on one of the local trails. I know that only a few months ago the cleaning lady at my work was robbed when she went to leave the office. The even more remarkable thing is I could probably throw a rock and hit the Dallas police station from the parking lot at the office.

I have purchased a safety whistle for when I go camping, but I honestly wonder if I blew it, even the standard long short long of a distress signal, would anyone bother checking to see what was wrong?

I am currently listening to a book titled "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson, and on of the statistics that he talks about is that even during the short time he was on the AT two WOMEN were murdered on it.

These thoughts and facts disgust me. I wish desperately not to fear simply because I am alone. Whats worse is murder is honestly the least of my worries. While it's not my first choice for ways to die, I hope that if anyone plans on raping me they murder me first and worry about the necrophilia later.

And while compression bras are really a staple in clothing for female hikers... Binding is a no no. I can only hope that through sporty style clothes, that are loose fitting, a compression bra, short hair, and thick soled hiking boots that add a few inches to my high; I can acquire an andro enough appearance. The thought just occurred to me that a packy or possibly even a pee prosthesis might freak out a potential attacker enough if they got that close...

I dunno if I'm making any since but I wanted to just say it I guess.
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I set it up myself tonight. Took me a while but i wanted to make sure I could do it and that all the parts were there. I have to buy some more tent stakes, as the ones I got with this are all bent up.

It's 10 x 15 and has a "pet den" in the back. I think it's kinda funny though 'cause the pet den is set up it is only kinda tied off from the rest of the tent, and my puppy would totally be able to get wherever he wanted and that would probably be in my sleeping bag. I'll most likely use it as gear storage or a place for shoes or something.
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I now have in my possession a Coleman 7 person tent with pet den. That I acquired free of charge! Apparently my mom's old roommate that flipped out and had to go home was a camper. I never thought of asking my mom if she had camping gear because well... my mom's idea of camping is the Hilton.

I also picked up a King size Coleman 30 degree sleeping bag for $20 at big lots. They had a couple of other things I might go back and look at.

I also picked up some solar garden lights. After I set these up and see how they do I might go back and get more.

Now I'd like to acquire a multi-use pocket tool (IE swiss army type knife)
Perhaps a light weight camping stove
and a compass is probably compulsory.

I'm trying to deiced if I should invest in some hiking boots. I've got my 20 eye Dr. M's but they are heavy and some spots on the soles don't offer great traction anymore. I've just worn Dr. M's for so long that running shoes and sneakers feel uncomfortable to my feet. But if I'm gunna start hiking more I'll probably need that kinda foot support and all. Perhaps it's a decision that should wait until after my first trip? I know I tend to put the cart before the horse at times.

ANd this trip I know we will be at a camp site and all since the only people so far that said they were interested in going aren't campers or at least not yet.

okay now back to studying for finals.


May. 28th, 2007 12:39 am
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I've been thinking this for a long time. Years in fact. I really really REALLY wanna go camping. I would have done it long ago, but I never had anyone to go with and don't really have any equipment.

I haven't been camping since I was a little kid, and then it was with my school. My parents aren't campers. Their idea of roughing it amounts to the Hilton.

I'm tired of waiting. I think I'm going to start asking around; see if anyone wants to go with me. I guess I'll start here... Anyone interested?

BTW saw Pirates tonight, and I fucking LOVED it!


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