Help Replace Michael's Camping Gear
$1,865 of $1,000 goal
I'm relieved that he's safe, but this is still a very serious setback for him since his backpack contained more or less everything he owned. My brother works seasonal jobs and saves up for half the year to be able to afford not to work during the off-season, but I also know him to be extremely frugal and during this time of the year he lives out of his tent and carries everything on his back. This isn't a vacation, this is just how he lives; sacrificing comfort in exchange for a cheap (but different / interesting) lifestyle. Personally I think it's really brave.
In addition to his (very sentimental) backpack, he also lost his tent, sleeping bag & pad, laptop, passport, wallet, and DSLR camera full of pictures, as well as innumerable little things that are necessary for surviving out of one's backpack (water filter, camp stove, first aid kit, etc). My mom and I are trying to keep him fed and housed while he's still abroad, but without the four essentials (pack, tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad) he won't be able to continue with his current plans to camp out while looking for a seasonal job in Kauai (an area far away from any friends, family, or other resources). He already has the plane ticket, but after yesterday he's lacking every other tool he needs to make this happen.
I'm really proud of my brother and don't want him to have to bail, and I know he has a great network of friends who feel the same way. I've started this fundraiser to try to replace his essentials:
Backpack - ULA Circuit ($235)
Tent - MSR Hubba NX ($350)
Sleeping bag - Sea to Summit Trek TkI ($250)
Sleeping pad - Therm-a-rest NeoAir XTherm ($200)
Please consider donating (or sharing this link) if you're a friend of my brother's, he can make a small amount go a long way.
I'd just like to say that I'm really proud of you all. I've always been thankful that I can be associated with my brother, but I'm realizing now just how lucky I am to be associated with his friends as well. My brother has been traveling for years now with no major incidents, and if you're like me you've been watching his progress and quietly wishing him well. After the events of the past 48 hours it has become clear just how many other people have been out there waiting for a chance to show their support substantively, and I'm blown away.
I haven't heard from Mike since last night, but I know that he did receive some money that my mom sent to a police officer in Huaraz yesterday morning and he was able to get a room for the night and breakfast this morning. His next destination is Lima where he's going to be for another week or two, so once the funds (and replacement debit card) reach him there he'll be able to replace his equipment. I expect he's going to want to write his own update about all of this, but I can say that he was very moved by this show of support. I was as well, for that matter. Thank you again.
I'm going to leave the campaign open a little longer in the hopes of recuperating some additional (but less crucial) losses (e.g. cell phone, camera, surprisingly expensive emergency passport), but this will cover ALL the essentials and make sure Michael doesn't need to drastically re-organize his life over this simple accident. I am so amazed at how supportive my brother's friends are.