We are very excited to announce that the Outdoor Gear Exchange and Outdoor Research will be sponsoring our travels around the eastern hemisphere, providing us with apparel and gear for our journey.
It will be a great help, since we still need most of our gear, including backpacks, camping gear, outerwear and assorted travel items.
We’ve been planning incessantly for the past few months, organizing everything from vaccinations to visas—and trying to figure out how to pack everything we’ll need for a year and a half (including an excessive supply of electronics) into one backpack! Though things get fuzzier as the trip progresses, our first five weeks are fairly well thought out.
After a stop in Seattle to visit friends, we will fly to Japan’s northern island, Hokkaido, on January 10th to ski endless amounts of deep powder. Our plans take us from the resorts of Rusutsu and Furano and end with a week at Hakuginso Onsen, a hot-springs lodge at the base of one of Hokkaido’s tallest mountains, Tokachidake. In February, we’ll take a domestic flight down to the main island, skiing in Hakuba for about a week before heading south to experience Tokyo, Kyoto and Kansai province. Then we’re on to Bangkok in mid-February for two and a half months in Southeast Asia.
We are so grateful to the Outdoor Gear Exchange and Outdoor Research for helping make our trip happen and setting us up with some desperately needed gear!
We are leaving in less than three weeks! Stay tuned.