This year, when I decided to thru-hike the PCT, I mostly borrowed gear or obtained hand-me-downs, and some of it didn’t fit me well, caused me pain, was too heavy, didn’t work as well as it should, etc. I knew I had to go out there this year instead of waiting for next year when maybe I could acquire better gear, so I thought I’d make do with what I had as best as I could.
A week before my start date, I entered a raffle that was part of a charity fundraiser hosted by GearRat Outdoors, a backpacking gear swap page on Facebook. I never win anything, and I’m surprised I even chose to enter this raffle, so I was obviously incredibly taken aback to find out that, a week into my hike, I was announced as the grand prize winner and would be equipped with all brand new gear–some of the best, most ultralight, gear there is–and it’s 100% free for me to keep.
I made a video of my reaction and my gratitude when I first found out. You can see it here: https://youtu.be/aQ0MwLAXylg
After it was mailed out to me, the organizer of the event asked me to make a video of me opening the box and revealing its contents. Here is that video: https://youtu.be/ZxTlt9OyLPM
And here is a photo of everything that I won!
I opted out of taking the sleeping bag as it was a men’s long, and besides, I already have one that (I hope) will serve me well.
Isn’t this the most amazing thing ever?! I’m the luckiest girl in the world.