June 2020 Notes

As June starts, the mailman is still busy coming by the house. Dropping around $1,100 in May the purchases will slow down as we focus on saving for some bigger purchases like a Tent, lightweight backpack, and Sleeping Quilts. Below, will be filled out when more things make it’s way to use and also an update on anything we are currently working on.

Cascade Designs Carbon Fiber Quick Lock Trekking Poles w/ Cork Grip

Picked these up for Chantal and me to use on the PCT and test out on some smaller hikes we have planned this summer. These were a steal at $30CAD each.

Features Include:

  • Shaft Material: 100% Carbon Fiber
  • Grip Material: Cork
  • Locking Mechanism: Quick-Lock
  • Single Pole Weight (without rubber tips): 8oz
  • Pole Lengths:
    • Fully Collapsed 26″
    • Fully Extended 54″
    • Disassembled: Upper; 20.75″ Middle; 20″ Lower; 21.25″
  • Tip Material: Tungsten carbide
  • Anti-Shock Feature: No
  • 4 Sets of Additional Tip Covers Include: Boots, Mud Baskets, Snow Baskets, and Small Tips

UCO Air 150 Lumen Lightweight Rechargeable LED Headlamp with Variable Brightness Dial Control

Dan picked this up to test it out on some shakedown trips.

This budget-friendly headlamp is powered by an internal, rechargeable Li-Ion battery, which means you never have to buy batteries again. The Precision Fit strap is a highly adjustable, fully stitched neoprene strap that won’t slip, won’t constrict, and won’t stretch out over time. Ideal for running, camping, hiking, or just hanging out at the fire with friends, the AIR will light your way on all your outdoor activities.


  • Bright and ultra-lightweight headlamp
  • Powered by an internal, rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • The Infinity Dial allows smooth adjustable brightness up to 150 lumens
  • Soft, adjustable Precision Fit strap with hook & loop adjustment for a comfortable fit
  • The Infinity Dial allows for white LED light or red night vision mode


  • HEAD STRAP: Hook and Loop Adjustment
  • LUMENS: Up to 150
  • Beam Projection: 154′ on High
  • BATTERY: 170 mAh Li-Ion Battery
    • 48 mins on High
    • 1.5 hours on Medium
    • 5 hours on Low
  • WEIGHT w/ Batteries: 1.6 oz. (45 g)
  • DIMS: 2.3 x .65 x 1.4 in (5.9 x 1.7 x 3.5 cm)

Keen Men’s Axis EVO Mid Hiking Boots – Olive Night/Marigold

Dan picked up these to test out. Most likely, these will not be his PCT shoes. You never know. These look sweet just as they are. Hard to pass up discounted down to $89CAD and listed on the Keen website for $200CAD.

Body Glide Anti Chafe/Anti Blister Balms

Dan picked up this to test out while training and also on our hikes. Great for anywhere that skin rubs with something or with other skin.

UST U-Dig-It 7075-T6 Aluminum Light Duty Shovel

Picked up one for each of us. Leave no trace… or hide your evidence. $7CAD.

  • Compact, ultra-lightweight hand shovel for camping, backpacking, hunting, and all your outdoor excursions
  • Made of durable 7075-t6 aluminum
  • Includes carabiner to attach shovel to your gear, belt, or bag
  • Weighs 0.64 ounces; measures 6.8 x 2.4 x 0.8 inches

Picked up a 6 pack of Moleskine notepads. They are great for taking notes regarding sections when I discover things to research on different sections of the trail. I will make them into a PDF and put them on my phone for reference and in Evernote.

Playing around with design mockup. The website won’t be used under the logo. Just goofing around. 😉 I ordered some iron-on patches to play around with some merch. Order the decal below in stickers and iron-on’s

Really great podcast with this hiker. https://www.hiking-thru.com/episodes/carol-coyne-aka-cheer

I need to listen to some more of the PCT podcasts.

We need to finish our YouTube PCT Vlog binge watching! Pinning her down is hard… lol she is working or with friends 🙂

Below we are playing around with iron-on and Merch ideas. (mug is mine and you can’t have it 🙂

Created a joint account with KOHO that we both love. KOHO allows you to add money by emailing into it. Zero fee’s and it also has a savings plan inside. It allows us to have a joint account that we can transfer money into it. Our goal is about $5 per day so we will have $11,000 on it to use. We will use it during our planning also for things we need.

If you want to try it out and use our referral link… I think it gives you $5 and extra 1% cashback to get started with KOHO, the smarter spending account. Download the app https://web.koho.ca/referral/08ZXKFJR
Or use this code on sign-up: 08ZXKFJR

It’s Canadian.

We are in the process of setting up a Patreon Page. And we will tweak it more in July. You will find a link in the sidebar for it 😉

Listened to Carol Coyne AKA “Cheer” on a podcast and followed her on IG and hit a website about the PCT Community that she is starting, who founded THRU-r and I was a part of a zoom conference call which was fun. Looking forward to the next one.

That wraps up June and we move into July…

Go backward to check out May 2020

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