What is the fastest way from Salt Lake to Reno? Are people in Omaha friendly? What should we pack? What will we eat? How fast can we get there? What is bear spray? Finding the answers to questions like these in aggregate is difficult. Enter the Adventure Access Trail: (http://adventureaccess.org)
Anecdotes from our trip will be scattered within, but primarily this book will be organized by the things you need to know for your own trip. Topics will include the following:
-Why we need adventure now
-Basic Land navigation
-Survival and how to meet basic needs
-How to sleep anywhere
-Predicting and dealing with weather
-Meeting and enjoying people
-Identifying and appreciating flora and fauna
-Terrain and walkability
-Communications, news, and entertainment
A checkpoint is a spot along the trail where we'll place a blaze (approximately every 10 miles). A landmark is a point of interest that we discover along the trail (bridges, statues, buildings, amazing natural scenery, etc.).
Yes please! We are funding the trail creation with our own money, and the cost is significantly higher than our minimum goal. Every backer of this project will help make this trail into something much bigger than what we can do on our own.
A blaze is a trail marker that lets people know that they're headed in the right direction. Sometimes, they're paint, sometimes they're wooden. Ours are stickers that signify not only the path, but also link to a corresponding online resource describing the area around the checkpoint where the blaze is placed.
Our blazes look like our project picture (the image that you see before the video plays).
To claim a checkpoint, take a look at the red circles on the "Trail" map at http://adventureaccess.org. You can see the numbers when you click on them. Let us know what number you'd like to have a checkpoint close to. Then, after we cross through, we'll give you a call and tell you what the area around your checkpoint is like. Then, when we add the information to the site, we will update the checkpoint name with anything you choose! This checkpoint name will appear in the book as well!
You are eligible to claim a checkpoint if you back at any of the following levels:
Unlike claiming a checkpoint, landmarks can only be claimed after they are discovered. When we see something awesome and at least somewhat permanent (bridges, statues, buildings, amazing natural scenery), we'll send a message out to eligible backers, letting them know that the landmark is available. The first to respond can name and describe the landmark in whatever way they want. These names and descriptions will then appear on the website and in the book!
You are eligible to claim a landmark if you back at any of the following levels:
Yep! But we're also going to be having a great time and creating something awesome along the way.
We are balancing our stays between a combination of camping and more traditional lodging.
We are leaving from Boston on July 1st, 2011.
Our goal is to reach San Francisco sometime in December. To reach that goal, we need to walk approximately 20 miles per day. Typically, we average about 3 miles per hour, so that means that we'll be walking for around 7 hours per day.
Sure! We're definitely looking for friendly faces along the way. Send us a message!
We thought it might be. That's why we're taking precautions. Still, 911 works at most points along the path. For more remote areas, we'll have an emergency beacon, and friends will be aware of our location at all times.
We've done a fair bit of research on this. Because this is so uncommon, there's a lack of information to form a reasonable understanding of the risks involved. We did find a quote from a guy who did a similar solo trip last year that made us feel more comfortable with the idea:
"Have some faith in this world. Things aren’t as bad as they tell us. We may all have different political opinions and different religious beliefs and different cultural norms... and many of us probably couldn’t stand to be around each other on a regular basis, but most of us would, as it turns out, extend a helping hand to a stranger in need. I walked 3100 miles across this country and didn’t encounter a single person who tried to hurt me, or steal from me, or damage my possessions. Maybe this isn’t a place that needs to be feared. Maybe it’s a place that needs to be explored, and appreciated, and celebrated."
-used with permission from: http://imjustwalkin.com/2010/08/30/thoughts-on-the-red-line/
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