Monthly Archives: February 2013

A great many people seem interested with my facial hair of late. Before I decided to walk across the United States the only creatures who were ever concerned with this were dogs. Dogs love facial hair. I imagine to a dog it is an odiferous cornucopia of wonder and joy. I have been told I have a way with animals; that they seem to instinctively like me. Many times I have befriended a dog that I was told did not like people. I am not sure about other species, but as far as dogs are concerned the secret to my success is the goatee.

beards_mainBut now people are interested in my facial hair. Mainly they seem curious if I plan to let it grow out on my journey. I have to admit there is a sort of mystique to the idea of starting my trip clean shaven and ending it with a wild grown out beard. I have given this matter much thought. I really would love to do this but after consideration I fear I am just going to keep the goatee as well as I can.

The main reason for this is heat. I am mainly going to be walking in the spring and summer. I will also be going through several deserts. Beards are already hot and beards in high summer heat are doubly so. I have grown a full beard before and it has a tendency to go a bit out of control even when I try to maintain it. I fear letting it loose with no way to contain it might be unleashing an unspeakable horror on the world. So I shall carry a razor and do my best to keep my current appearance. Maybe when I get back I will let it go for eight months just for fun. Well… eight months or until it devours a cat.

I did a blog post about gear before with pictures and such but I am actually going to make an official list today. Those items I feel you might want to know more about I will hyperlink so you can read more about them. I might drop a sentence or two why I chose the particular item but I will try to keep it short. I will also be updating this from time to time. Any suggestions of things I may have left out would be greatly appreciated.

The Stroller a/k/a TARDIS – I chose this one because the seat reclines all the way down essentially creating a huge basket. I have had some comments that carrying gear in a stroller is creepy. I used to think that as well but not carrying fifty plus pounds on my back changed my mind.


water-resistant-conversion-pants-Water-resistant conversion pants x 2

-Under Armour-esque Shirts x 5

-Pairs of socks x 5

-Underwear x 5

-Pajama pants x 1

-Pajama shirt x 1

-Gloves x 1

-Cool hat! x 2 –I have two cool hats and am torn as to which I will take. One is a wide brimmed sun hat which is probably more functional but the other is an Indiana Jones fedora and… well… you know. I also have a Jayne hat for when I need to feel brave.

-Reflective vest x 1

-Travel towel x 1

-Hooded waterproof jacket with removable lining x 1



-Sleeping bag

-Heavy duty camp air mattress

-Stuff sacks – I have to sing the praises of these things. Most of the clothes and camping gear are in a stuff sack that can have the air pressed out of them so they get pretty flat. It saves on room and they can also double as a pillow.

-Camp stove

-Camp trowel

-Camp mallet

-Can opener

Assorted Gear

-Bear Vault (for food)
bear-spray-Bear Spray


-Leatherman Multitool


-Head lamp

-Small electric lantern

-iPhone (4s, if you must know)

-Nintendo 3DS

-Solar Charger – I have had a lot of questions about charging gear. This thing is awesome. I have already field tested it several times and it really is amazing.

-Rechargeable battery backup

-”Business” cards

-Hand wipes

-Duct tape

-Bungee cords


-First aid kit

-Glow sticks

-Waterproof tarp


-Safety pins


-I am not really going to make a list here as it will always be changing. Ideally I want to carry things that are light and also high in protein and calories. I will also be carrying roughly 2 gallons of water on me at the start, which I will obviously increase once I hit the desert.

And that is about it for now. I am sure I am going to be thinking of things over the next month or if you have suggestions please feel free leave a comment below.

I am thirty seven days away from my start and it is time for me to start begging for money! I really wish I did not have to do this but sadly everything costs money. I am pretty optimistic about the campaign and had a huge amount of help from many people putting it together. You are going to see a fair amount of emails and tweets from me in the next 45 days regarding fundraising, and for this I apologize. The more money I raise, though, will not only cover my expenses across the United States, but hopefully will also be more money donated to Child’s Play at the conclusion of my walk.

I want to give a huge thanks to Colin Campbell of IGN. He interviewed me yesterday about the walk and is publishing a story about me either today or Monday. I could not ask for better coverage and am pretty nervous about this. I thought I would be lucky to get a few interviews here and there during the walk and here I am already talking to IGN. Eep!

Things are about to be put into high gear during the weeks leading up to my departure. I have to find a good pair of starting shoes. The shoes I have been wearing are awesome but sadly not at all water resistant. I would even go as far as to call them water absorbent. So I shall have to find something else.

I am going to start checking and re-checking all of my gear on a weekly basis. You can never be too prepared. On Monday I am going to post an itemized list of everything I am taking with me so far. This way if I am forgetting anything obvious maybe someone out there can give me suggestions. Thanks in advance to anyone who took the time to look at my indiegogo campaign!