Full apologies for just now getting back to say thanks to all you overly kind hangers at Umstead last month who let Jason and moi (mom, me, hikerdelita) crash and learn a few things and eat a LOT of good food and last but not least meet and greet a few great NC hangers. We HUGELY enjoyed ourselves and still apologize for coming so late and shopping all day Saturday.
The good news is Jason did make it on the AT. In the last month, I have taken 3 trips (Gatlinburg, Tulsa and Georgia to see him off) plus with tremendous help from a friend, we managed to make his MEGA OGEE tarp (great reports), an underquilt and a top quilt. He also ended up buying a Warbonnet which he seems to be enjoying much. His plan is to upgrade sometime warmer to summer gear and get lighter stuff this time.
I promised someone a link to his Journal: http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=488123
He does not yet have a trail name and can be found also under his name, Jason Needler.
Thanks again, all! We can't thank you enough. My plan is to get back to Crossfit and hiking, soon and get out on some trail, too!
hiker delita in NC