11″ MacBook Air with soft case
Western Digital 300GB external hard drive
Olympus E-PM1 digital camera, 14-42mm lens
basic cell phone
chargers and cables: phone, camera, iPod, data transfer
USB thumb drive
Paper resources and reading:
Colorado Trail Data Book (borrowed)
Great Divide map, Platoro, CO to Pie Town, NM (borrowed from Gary Blakley)
The Elements of Style, Strunk and White (25c at library in Carbondale)
Colorado State highway map (free)
White Mesa Bike Trails, BLM map (free)
Albuquerque Bike Map (free)
Sandia Foothills trail map (free)
Borrowed and free maps can often be used to create an approximate outline of the route. Along the way, many additional resources arise– I browse local hiking and biking maps in outdoor stores and regional maps in gas stations; I ask others for their insight on the trail and in local bike shops, and peek at their maps or snap a picture for future reference; and I follow posted maps and road signs when available. It would be impossible to gather all of these resources at home, from many miles away. Route planning is much easier and more meaningful en route.
Taking a look at CDT maps alongside the Great Divide map (on the right), having met several thru-hikers ouside Butte, MT.
Headed south, away from Fleecer Ridge on the Great Divide Route.
A borrowed National Geographic series map to get over Rollins Pass from the Great Divide Route.
A free map in the Wrangell-St. Elias tourist brochure, charting my route to the Nabesna Gold Mine.
The roads to Chicken and Eagle, Alaska. Not too many options up north. No paper maps required. In fact, I didn’t carry a dedicated map this summer until I crossed into Montana.
Follow the intermittent Trans-Canada signs, interspersed with Yukon Quest markers on the Dawson Overland Trail.
Singletrack outside Whitehorse, and an easy place to camp out of town.
Only two roads cut through northern B.C., shown on this map at the junction with the Alaska Highway and the Cassiar. Turn south, then go straight for almost 500 miles.