Fresh year, fresh start! The first trek ended prematurely with the appearance of the flu and a leaky bivy sack. Vowing to return, Harold and Derek are at it again.
Originally planning to re-embark on Tuesday, January 4th, last week's heavy snow moved the schedule up a bit.
After checking the entrance route last Tuesday, Harold found that Hwy 46 was not plowed. With heavy snow on the entrance route, Harold and Derek will not be able to reach the first drop off even with the help of a local 4 wheel drive club.
The extra 15 to 20 mile hike, just to reach the start point, pushed the departure date up by two days. "Two days we needed for preparation," says Harold who admits to being a little nervous on this night before E.S.C.A.P.E Survival Challenge.
Still determined to go through with the fundraising challenge on behalf of the Exhange Sponsored Child Abuse Prevention Effort (E.S.C.A.P.E), the team scrambled to collect and prep the remaining gear and make the nessesary contacts to Ranger Stations, support teams, food drop crews, and others.
On 7:00am, January 2, 2011, E.S.C.A.P.E Survival Challenge will be underway when Harold and Derek depart Salem and head into the Cascade Range for the next 14 to 17 days.
"Now I'm just wanting to get some sleep," says Harold, "or just think about how to fall asleep!"
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Check back tomorrow for final pics and thoughts from Harold and Derek as they leave town.