Working with impoverished groups internationally leads to new challenges. I am attempting to get over my first hurdle. Weeks before departure, I learned that there is no equipment for me to do my job. Having come from a tropic environment, I have spent weeks combing craigslist and thrift stores for cold weather gear. The additional need to find a laptop, software, power supplies, and GPS equipment this month exceeds my personal finances.
I hope that you will support my work.
If you work for a business or own your own, I WANT TO BE YOUR TAX WRITE OFF! I can furnish a letter of proof for your company’s donation of equipment or money. In exchange, I will advertise your gracious support and assure that you are updated on project progress.
When the project is complete, I intend to leave donated equipment with herders and education facilities.
PRESENT EQUIPMENT NEEDS:
Down sleeping bag
Looking for a used 0F (-18c) goose down bag.
Rubber soled snow boots (-20C)
Women’s size 9- wide-calf (19″!).
Down coat with a hood
Women’s 12 / men’s M rated to -10F. I will layer my raincoat on top when colder.
Mittens/glove system (for -20 to -40F)
I need to use my fingers outdoors so I want a layered glove system. The base layer needs to be men’s size M or women’s L. I would like a waterproof shell mitten and 2-3 middle layers, and ending with a glove base.
Midweight long underwear
I will wear these EVERY DAY and unable to wash regularly. Wool is desired for scent control. Men’s M tops and L pants OR women’s L / XL top and bottom
Electrical outlet adapter
I was told that they have the same outlets as in Germany. 2 plugs desired.
Solar charger or portable battery pack
While in remote areas, I will not have power and want a more environmental solution than many AAs.
Mac or PC laptop with great battery and ability for 3-D mapping
Bought 2.5ghz Mac Laptop from Craigslist that I hope will work with pooled funds from friends – Thanks all!
Mapping software with statistical abilities
YEAH!! I got the conservation grant from ESRI today- 7 Oct 2009!
Trail-style GPS with altimeter
Must run on AA batteries, hold 1000 points, and have a long battery life. (Purchased with hope that grants will be found in country.)
Wool/ Fleece lined pants
Women’s size XL long or 12-16, men’s size L or 34×34. (I have cheap plastic pants to cover these, when wet or windy – if you have a better solution for working on the steppe in winter – open to ideas!)
Wool or fleece sweaters
I have a long torso, so men’s M is best.
backpacking weight merino wool socks
Women’s size 9 with very stretchy tops. Calf or knee high is best
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