I woke up in my tent to the sound of nothing. I had never before been in a place so utterly quiet, still…lifeless. Oh there was life all around me, the spider crawling on the outside of my tent, the frogs I knew were there in the creek below, the dozen other hikers sleeping not twenty yards away, all blissfully unaware at the complete and implacable silence that hung over Kitchen Creek Canyon at 5am. It was haunting. It was terrifying.
It was a huge week for Project 2663, and I wanted to share a bit about the status of the Project, and what our goals are moving forward as we get closer and closer to April 15.
First of all, I wanted to thank everyone who has thus far contributed to the Project 2663 Kickstarter. With your help we are over 2/3rds of the way to the kickstarter goal of $3000. With almost three weeks to go to raise funds, I’m more confident than ever that we’ll hit that number. If you’re interested in supporting the documentary, please check out the kickstarter page at:
Funding ends on February 15, so please stop by and donate before then if you are interested in helping us out.
Secondly, I want to welcome two hikers to Project 2663, who have graciously agreed to share their stories as they make their own attempts at the PCT in 2015.
Tyler Dalton, a 21 year old salesman at a Truck shop in Madison, Wisconsin, is making his first long distance hiking endeavor this summer as he attempts an ultra-light attempt on the PCT.
Kayla McCarthy, a 23 year old graduate student from Ohio, is attempting the PCT after a successful through-hike of the Appalachian trail in 2014, and has an aggressive plan to finish the trail before school starts in September.
Both will bring a fascinating dynamic to the project, and I couldn’t be happier to have them on board.
If you are a through hiker interested in taking part in Project 2663, please email me at:
Thirdly, having completed my scheduling for the trail, my attention now shifts to gear and food. In the coming weeks I will have completed my gear list and will post it here for everyone to see what I’m taking with me as I attempt both a through-hike and a documentary. For food, I’m working on recipes for light-weight but high calorie backpacking meals which I’ll hopefully be able to share with everyone in the coming weeks. I’m experimenting with several techniques and ideas that are foreign to me, so I’ll be sure to let everyone know how they work out.
Thank you again for all of your continuing support of the Project. It’s much appreciated.
On January 1st we started up the Project 2663 Kickstarter campaign, looking to raise roughly $3000 to fund the production costs of our documentary. After six days we are up to $440 in generous donations and confident we can easily raise the necessary funds to accommodate our rather spartan needs for a production as large in scope as this.