This morning I woke up to see that my goal had been reached for the kickstarter. This is crazy! I was so close to running out of time, and I wasn’t sure if I would make it. But then last night my friend Hannah started a cascade of pledge-doubling, a few more people found my project via kickstarter, and BAM! I woke up and it was funded! Right now the project is at $3,800, which means that even after I give kickstarter 10%, I’ll still have $3,420 for the project!

You guys this is crazy. I’m actually going to be able to do this! I feel so grateful to y’all right now that it’s actually sort of painful. I can’t wait to go on this epic journey and share it with you!!!

Thanks to everyone who has pledged or doubled their pledge since my last update– Allie, Richard, Trixie, Joel, Lacy, Susan, April, Cole, Dave, Mary P., Hannah, Kate, Maureen and Katherine!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! This is all possible because of you!!

You know what else is awesome? I found out recently that it’s a super low snow year in the Sierras. Which means that not only do I not need an ice-axe or instep crampons, but I’ll be able to make really good time! Usually there’s quite a bit of snow in the Sierras in June and July and at least a month of the trip is spent postholing through the snow, getting lost, and attempting to navigate over passes without the trail. But this year, mysteriously, the snow is just gone. This is awesome news for my trip, but kind of worrying when you look at the bigger picture, no? It also means that there’s less water on the trail this year. But I was most worried about getting lost in the snow, so this is awesome!

You people are wonderful. Thanks so much for believing in me. I’m so excited to go on this epic journey and take you with me.

What happens next: in a few days everyone who’s pledged will get an email survey asking for your shipping info and anything else I need to fulfill your rewards. If you ordered chocolate, you’ll get that in the mail in the next two weeks. If you ordered a postcard or a letter, you’ll get that while I’m on the trail. And the ETA for the book is January 2014!


Here’s Potato. He’s happy that my goal has been reached, but now he’s kind of sad that I’m actually leaving-


My friend Cooper is going to live in my trailer while I’m gone and hang out with my dogs. They are going to miss me, but not as much as I am going to miss them. My dogs are going to be having SO MUCH FUN this summer with Cooper that after a few weeks they’re going to be like, Carrot Who? And I am going to, like, cry every night in my tent. 😦 Being away from my dogs is definitely going to be one of the hardest parts of the trip, and I’m curious to see what that looks like. Oh, the woes of being a dog owner!

10 thoughts on “OMG I’VE REACHED MY GOAL!

  1. This is great news! I was a little bit worried, but now I’m excited and happy that the suspense is over. You are going to have a great time. (And a really shitty time, but that’s what makes the great times so good, duh.) I can’t wait to see my physical copy of the book that comes out of what is about to happen. You rock!

  2. Hey Carrot Im so glad youve got the funds, even though I never got around to give any.I just realised that instead off a daily up-date from you, I rather wait for the book, to get the whole adventure in one peace. Im full of wanderlust but cant go anywhere right nowbecause Ive got to take care of my kids (3 and 5 years) . Ok Carrot take care and may the higher power, great spiritor your own soul guide you. I follow you in my thoughts. Love Carsten (a 38 year old family dad from Denmark, Scandinavia)

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  3. Hoooooooorayyyyyyy! Carrot’s going hiking! I’m so happy for you! One (two-word) bit of advice from someone who hiked in the desert for many years: have really, really breathable shoes and take every opportunity (as in every rest break) to take your shoes and socks off and air your feet out. Keeping the skin dry will vastly increase your happiness. Ooops: the two words were: “clean socks”, as in: never be so tired that you can’t rinse out your socks, if you have enough water, and you can always filter the sock water also.

  4. Carrot,

    Hi – I got your comments over on my blog (In These Woods) and I was going to tell you that I had also just found your blog through hikepress. Your blog is fantastic! Congrats on reaching your goal!

    I noticed that you are starting April 20th? That is when I’m starting as well (along with my 2 companions) … we will definitely run into each other in that case. Good luck on the last weeks of insanity preparation mode and see you out on the trail!

    – TB

  5. TB-
    So interesting to read about your food prep anxiety. I am JUST NOW starting food prep, and I’m trying to make SEVENTEEN resupply boxes! YIKES! I definitely relate to how you feel!

    Same start date yessss! Maybe I will see you and your crew on the trailhead? YAY EPIC ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!!!

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