Mt. Shasta Packing List

Yes, all this gear fits in that backpack.
Yes, all this gear fits in that backpack.

This weekend, I’m hiking up Mt. Shasta with a couple of friends. ┬áThis will be one of my friend’s first winter mountaineering ascents, so I wrote up an email with a detailed packing list. Here it is:

Hey, I’m finally getting around to sorting my gear and wanted to send you some infos just so that you’ve got another perspective on the gear required. My general philosophy is going to be “bring lots, leave some in the car.” It will allow for changing conditions before we start. Also, there’s a balance between extra layers, backups, and taking as little as possible. Just know that this list is going to err toward taking extra layers. With the conditions looking fairly mild, I’ll plan on ditching some things.

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Global Value Chains and Catvocacy: Making progress toward solid slumber and international prosperity, one Smoochums at a time.

Globalized economies impose on many industries a variety of opportunities and obstacles. Efficiencies created by the global resource market, both resources from which to create products as well as the global demand for such products, have challenged acceptable business models throughout the world. However, the development of an industry that uniquely leverages the strengths of both a globalized economy and stimulates the development of strong, multi-faceted local economies might inspire world-wide economic development with fewer negative externalities than an effort to adapt an existing industry to global competition. With that goal in mind, I strongly advocate the adoption of domestic cats as night-time head support systems and intend in the following paragraphs to demonstrate the viability of the product model and describe some ways in which an industry oriented toward the development and implementation of cat pillows might participate in local and global economies.

Feline Nightime Head Support System
Feline Nightime Head Support System

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