My first backpacking trip was a single overnighter when I was in high school. My next trip was a week-long backpack in Minnesota organized as a pre-orientation college program. From there, I would occasionally backpack when back home in Colorado, or when on vacations. Rarely did I backpack for more than 1 night — usually, I would use backpacking as a means to achieving other goals, such as climbing a Colorado 14er. So, when I decided to hike the 485 mile Colorado Trail in July 2018, I had no similar experience, and certainly had never pursued such an extensive solo trip.
Mesa is a company, but it’s also just two people, Tony and Caroline, and you, our supporters. At Mesa, we do not want to just be another company in the backpacking food space. We do not want to be an excuse for backcountry trash or lazy trip preparations. We want to exist to do good.