Wild Confluence co-founder Luke Kantola gives insight into what he is packing as he rides down the coast of Baja California this fall.
Tonight I am leaving to meet a crew of seasoned bike travelers in LA. From there we will head South into Baja California on an entirely self-supported trip down the coast. Here is a look at what I'm taking with me:
Lucas Rebrovic is 3 years into a 12 year project where he and a close friend, Sheina Lew-Levy, are spending one month every year living off the land in a semi-primitive fashion. This third year, Lucas found himself traveling nomadically with a lightweight setup that consisted largely of things he made himself. You’ve been going on primitive living trips for a few years now. Tell me how that started. It was New Years 2012. A bunch of us who went to survival school together got to talking about how cool it would be to do a primitive living experiment for a year. It was all very exciting.
On September 6th I completed a 2668 mile thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. All I have now are fleeting glimpses of the beauty, joy and adversity of the “getting there”. I touch the tall-corrugated metal fence of the U.S. side of the Mexican border, turn and step northward without an idea of what is ahead; beaten by relentless desert sun, learn to value shade as dearly as food and water, sleep under a bridge, pass the next day curled up under the shade of a sage bush; become nocturnal and walk on silver sand reflecting the full midnight moon; cowboy camp under the diamond stars.
In September 2014 I spent a week without any light perception.A week felt like a long time, but the project was originally slated to be a full year. My early research was comprised of emails to neurologists and a visit to an optometrist. Across the board I was told that my visual cortex, left without the stimulation of images, would irreversibly rewire itself to benefit my hearing at the expense of my vision. I was told that even after a few days I should expect "extreme" visual hallucinations. Admittedly, I have had my fair share of hallucinatory experiences. Multiple psychedelic drug experiences, a vision fast, and severe sleep deprivation have all shown me my brains ability to produce images. This was much different.