Getting Ready for Hell Hike and Raft

I realize it’s many, many months away, but if you know me, planning for a trip is one of my favorite things to do. (Especially when new gear is involved.) In the old days, it was easy – get your Triptik from AAA, gas up the car and drive. Nowadays, it can be a whole lot more complicated, not that that’s bad, just takes away some of the mystery.

Hell Hike And Raft Gear

One of the first things I did was to set up a Pinterest board (I have mixed feelings about Pinterest, but in the case of this project, it seemed ideal). I’ve been pinning items that I’ve already bought, am planning to buy, and wish I could afford for this trip.  Let me know what I should add that I might have forgotten or is a favorite of yours for trips like this.

Complicating the planning, gear wise, is that we may be receiving gear from trip partners to try out, which makes it hard to buy something if it’s possible we may get something we actually have to take. I’ve approached this by planning some purchases, but putting them off and seeing what happens. Other items, that would be useful even if I wasn’t going on the trip, I go ahead and order. 

Travel wise, it looks like the trip to Idaho will be simple: I’ll fly to Salt Lake City for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show, then on to Boise for the expedition. Unfortunately, it looks like I’ll then have to fly back to SLC before returning to Chicago, it appears there are no direct flights between Boise and Chicago. Hopefully I’m mistaken.

The old saying is that the journey is the goal, but planning for it can be pretty important in its own right.

How do YOU get ready for a trip?

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