My generation is over-educated, under-employed, and a generally confused group, for reasons both within and beyond our control. As Edward Hoffer has written, “We are beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists.” Without a clear itinerary before us, we seem to be searching for a symbolic compass to help guide us along life’s path.
Lacking clear direction for my 30’s, I have become obsessed with the literal compass, which will be a huge part of navigating the Coast to Coast because as noted in A Coast to Coast Walk, the British find trail markers “unsightly.” The past two weekends have been spent walking Central Park, and my one regret is that we did not bring along the Garmin compass to practice becoming acquainted with its features. The compass was loaned to us by a friend and we barely know how to turn it on, let alone interpret its findings.
Next weekend, however, we have a date with REI and EMS. We tried to head over there last weekend but the city’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities precluded us from reaching the appropriate subway line. Aside from the need to invest in some water wicking gear, we want to get a feel for the REI Workshops on compass navigation. Has anyone had any experience with the REI Workshops of this nature?
So for those following along with hiking experience, whether or not its on the Wainwright, what are the tools, clothes, etc. that you could not live without on your trip?
In addition, if anyone has anyone used a service like Coast to Coast help, I’d be interested in hearing about your experiences and whether or not you found the service worthwhile.
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Thanks for your thoughts!