This is a list of sponsors who have been generous enough and have believed enough in this pursuit to have sponsored me. Each of these companies have given so that I might be able to successfully complete the entire PCT. Not only their equipment, but their belief in what I’m doing, will be helping me walk each mile on the trail north. My deep appreciation goes out to each sponsor!
Jack ‘R’ Better
Jacks’R’Better was the first to jump on board and offer sponsorship, and I’m very glad they did. Not just now, but later, when I’m out on the trail, I’ll be thankful every night when I’m able to fall asleep warm and dry. They sponsored me very generously with one of their incredible “Sierra Sniveller“ sleeping quilts, as well as a quilt liner. A unique feature of the “Sniveller” line is that the sleeping quilt can also be used as a jacket if need be. Known in the backpacking and ultra-light backpacking world as excellent craftsmen and good honest gentlemen, Jack Tier and Jack Myers have been making top of the line camping hammocks, quilts, and accessories since 2002. Both have over 50 years of active duty service in the Army (retired), are both cancer survivors, and both married with children and grandchildren. They love the outdoors, and live by the creed: “God first, family second, business third.” Please take a moment to visit their website to learn more about them, and their products, and if you’d like more reading, check out this article I found online: http://www.hikinginfinland.com/2010/01/interview-jack-tier-jack-myers-of-jacks.html
Just wanted to add: The Jacks’ just recently sent me a really nice care package with a few goodies inside, including a really cool Jacks’R’Better cap, mini caribiners, as well as a card wishing me luck along the trail and to have fun preparing for the thru-hike. Just talking with these guys, they are a class act all the way, and their gear is top notch. Thanks again, Jack & Jack.
Gen Shimizu at Alpinlite Gear has generously donated one of his high quality, skillfully crafted tarps and an attachable bug shelter for my thru-hike. His generous support in this way has shaved over two and a half pounds from my pack weight, as my old shelter system, while considered light at 3.5 pounds, can’t hold a candle to Gens shelter system. The tarp he has donated is the “Stratiform III,” which weighs just less than 14 oz., and is constructed with silicone impregnated nylon (also known as ‘silnylon’). He also is donating one of his “Bug Shelter 1.25” bug shelters, which will keep me bug-free while sleeping through some of the buggier areas of the PCT. Even though I am newer to tarp camping than I am to tent camping, I decided to go with a tarp for several reasons. Many thanks to Gen for his patience and concern for my needs while he and I talked through which shelter would be best for my needs and the challenges I would face on the PCT. I had heard about his emphasis to providing knowledgeable and caring customer service, and I heard 100% right. Gen himself is an avid outdoorsman, and his passion for hiking led him to design some pretty awesome gear. Please check out his website: http://www.alpinlitegear.com/ . And for more on Gen, here is a great interview with him:
Z-Packs Ultralight Backpacking Gear
Joe at Z-Packs Ultralight Backpacking Gear has been gracious in his willingness to support my hike. He has donated a large cuben fiber food bag to store food in, a cuben fiber shoulder pouch and two smaller pouches to store my camera and my iPod Touch. (All these items are made with cuben fiber, the lightest and toughest material for its weight that’s made today). In fact, the iPod Touche dimensions were just a little larger than his pouches were made for, so he custom made a pouch for me…amazing. Not to mention, each of these items are very important and had been things I needed. As you follow along on my hike, you will undoubtedly see his handiwork in some of the pictures. Many many thanks to Joe & the Z-Packs gang. For more info on Z-Packs and their products, click here to check out their website.
Many thanks to Rod Java, maker of the StickPic. He reached out unprompted to give become a sponsor for my hike.
His product, the “StickPic,” is a great device intended to make taking pictures and video in the great outdoors easier. Made to fit on the end of a trekking pole, the head swivels and ultimately attaches to the hole on the bottom of your camera that is intended for a tripod fixture. Standing still taking a picture on top of a magnificent pass, or shooting video while capturing a 360 degree spinning panorama on top of Mt. Whitney, it helps you capture those moments that you might not otherwise be able to, in a way that creates beautiful images and breathtaking video. It comes in different sizes to match just about any size trekking pole, and is the size of a ring you’d wear on your finger.
I imagine almost all of the videos I will be posting on my website will be while using the StickPic, especially the ones while walking, or on top of the passes, etc. Since I will be using the iPod Touch, I will be bringing a lightweight adaptor, which fits the StickPic perfectly. Thanks, Rod, for that heads up. :)
To read more on the StickPic, here’s a review from Backpacker Magazine from July, 2010.
Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce
Thanks to Dexter Holland (of “The Offspring” fame) and the gang over at Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce for their willingness to jump into the world of thru-hiking sponsorship with both feet. As I wrote on the home page, I plan on using some Gringo Bandito hot sauce liberally while dehydrating some specific trail snacks, so that when I rehydrate them on the trail they will extra flavor. I’ll be hiking with a bottle of Gringo Bandito the entire PCT. I’m not even going to repackage it. I’ll be the first to ever do so! Gringo Bandito will make my camping food pretty fly for a hiker guy.
For a little more on Dexter Holland’s foray into the world of hot sauce, read on in this article. He uses fresh ingredients, and it shows. It’s really very, very good.