Ides of March walk 2013

Occupy Walk Day 2 in Encinitas, California

Occupy Walk Day 2 in Encinitas, California

February 25, 2012

General Assembly meeting, February 25, 2012

Occupy Walk GA minutes Feb 25, 2012

People Present:  Jason, Britten, Nan, Bill, Eugene, Franky, DJ, Adam, Mike (Peacewalker), Rich, John, Stephen, Susan, Alyse, Stephanie, Mike

Agenda Items:

  • Funding and Accounting:
    • Linking up the WePay account to a credit union account.
    • Setting up a non-profit status if/when we receive larger donations.
  • Who will be the Accountant/Treasurer?
    • Save all receipts–photodocument for a digital folder on google docs. Nan will accept the role of taking care of receipts.  DJ will photograph them and send them to Nan.
  • Familiarity Briefing: Discuss the next 3 days route
  • How Can I Help? page link on the homepage.

Consensus on:  

  • Setting up a DBA  for un-incorporated non-profit entity with all 9 OccupyWalkers on the filing documents. One debit card for the road. Asking AWAKE Community for funds until the account is set-up.
  • The name is OccupyWalk or OccupyWalkUSA or something close to get it filed.
  • OccupyWalk will save all receipts, photodocument and upload to google account.  DJ will take care of collecting receipts.
  • Adding the “How can I Help” page on the website, based on logistics from the Greeat American Peace March.

Adam requested that all walkers with phones share their numbers.

General Assembly meeting, February 24, 2012

OccupyWalk GA Feb. 24 2012

Those Present:  Adam, DJ, Mike, Eugene, Susan, Rich, Britten, Bill, Jason

Agenda Items:

Route Planning:  Crossing Native Lands

Susan concerns are that we can’t walk along the freeway, so we need to walk along roads that are windy and mountainous through to Temecula.

After much debate about changing the original route, participating in other occupy direct actions Jason proposed:

  • that we make walking the original route priority number one, and we participate in secondary direct actions with other occupys  if and only if we are supported by that direct actions organizing committee.  Full consensus.

Bill proposed

February 19, 2012


It was strange walking into the Civic Center this morning without an OSD presence and an equally large police presence. After chatting with Barbara and accepting her generous donation of water, we hit the route at 7:48.

The reception we received within downtown was lukewarm, but as we approached the airport, it changed dramatically. Almost every commercial truck driver showed support, along with a few folks in their cars.

At Old Town San Diego a few folks stopped to talk with us and were supportive of our cause, particularly Will and Leslie. Britten checked the Wepay account, and found that donations were coming in. Thank you Occupy Walk Supporters! Things were getting better.

There was a tremendous amount of support from drivers as we approached Sea World. Going across the Clairemont Drive bridge was nostalgic as it was a point where Occupy San Diego had rallied in a big way.

We altered our route at Sea World and decided to head to Morena Drive for lunch. We assembled at Starbucks and had our first GA on the walk. A few Occupy Walkers had talked to folks outside before our GA, and during GA quite a few of them came into Starbucks to emphasize their support and provide donations to help the Occupy Walk. I must apologize here as I forgot to get the names of those of you that donated. Your supported is very greatly appreciated. I did remember to write down Ed’s name because I personally talked with him, and we took a group picture together.

On the way back to the route, we came across a family walking together. We struck up a conversation and as we walked and talked together, it was mentioned that Amy’s feet were hurting because she was walking in very uncomfortable dancing shoes. Cathy turned out to have the same size feet, and she was a runner, so she offered to see if she had any shoes at home that she could give to Amy. It was probably only ten minutes later when Cathy rolled up with her family and her two beautiful little girls hanging out the window, and presented us with not just shoes, but extra clothing for whoever needed it. Wow, I mean, just wow! These were our first of what I call Occupy Angels. It’s people like this that will make this a success, because it’s not about us, it’s about the people. It was a heart warming experience that I didn’t expect in the city. Maybe I’m jaded from having lived in San Diego and small towns in the east, but I had felt that we would get as much community support until we walked into smaller towns. This day was happily proving my assumptions wrong.

We stopped at Mission Bay Park were we thought we would end our day. Tim rode by on his bicycle and chatted for a good while, and we swapped some of our military and security experiences.

After a while, we decided to keep walking and fill our stomachs at the nearest restaurant. We threw our packs back on and ended up at McDonalds. There were a couple folks there that we spent of time talking to, and one in particular that I again forgot to get the name of. We chatted about one of the main reasons I’m walking, that is, to get people more involved in politics so that politicians are held to serving the public and chastised loudly by the community when they don’t. We finally did end the day here and went back to Jason’s house for the night.

 Are you keeping a journal or blog of your Occupy Walk experience?

As a hiker, I’ve found that hiking journals are popular in the hiking community. I bet our Occupy Walk journal will be received the same way by fellow activists. If you’re keeping a journal of your Occupy Walk experience, please put a link to it in the comments.

January 27, 2012

Walk to Occupy Encinitas, Saturday, Jan 28th

Start time: 11:30 AM

Route: Start at San Elijo Lagoon parking lot. Walk on Hwy 101 and meet with Occupy Encinitas @ corner of Encinitas Blvd & Hwy 101. Return to San Elijo Lagoon parking lot.
Distance: 5 miles round trip

Google Map

Public transportation is available every half hour along the entire route for $1.75.

Join us and bring your gear so you can practice using your gear, compare the differences and ask gear & technique questions. I’ll bring a pack with affordable ultralight gear for you to check out if you’re still putting together your gear for the walk to OWS.

Lightweight Affordable Gear

For those that are still gearing up for this long walk, here are a couple pieces are gear that won’t break the bank or your back.  I’m including some links, but you can buy them wherever you’d like.  I prefer to buy gear lightly used whenever possible.


Tarptent Contrail. It only weighs 1 1/2 pounds. It’s been tested successfully by many long distance hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail (2650 miles) and the Appalachian Trail (2200 miles). It’s made in the USA and costs $199.

AppyTrails also makes very lightweight shelters for $100 & $120 that weigh 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounds, respectively.  Be warned, it doesn’t have a floor, it doesn’t fit nearly as many people as the site indicates, and it also has grommets.  I highly recommend be replaced with reinforced webbing loops to help it withstand stronger storms.

Rain gear

Dri Ducks poncho only weighs 1/2 a pound, breathes very well due to design and the fabric, and costs less than $20.  An alternative is a similarly priced Dri Ducks suit that weighs about 3/4 of a pound.

The items above may be substituted with a single poncho/tarp to really save weight. Be sure you get one that’s specified as a poncho/tarp and has webbing loops instead of grommets. These generally cost $65-100.

If you want to keep your legs dry, you can combine the poncho with tyvek pants from US Plastics. I believe they weigh about 1/4 pound and cost $3.

Use a compactor bag to keep your gear dry instead of a pack cover.

You might want to wear another trash bag as a poncho, and then wear your insulation over the trash bag, and then your rain gear over your insulation. This will keep sweat and rain from soaking your insulation.


An alcohol or esbit stove can be home made with a soda can or Altoids tin. Retail stoves can be purchased for a few dollars, and the most expensive one I know (Packafeather) is $33. Alcohol stoves can be run off of denatured alcohol, HEET or 75%+ rubbing alcohol.  Adventure 16 in San Diego sells Esbit stoves and fuel.

The aluminum grease pot from Kmart is the least expensive pot I know of at around $7.

A mini Bic lighter is very cheap, very light, tiny, very easy to use and more reliable than matches or fancy butane lighters.


The Walmart blue foam pad is another $7 item. Cut a second one in half and stack it under your torso for colder weather.

For a ground sheet, use tyvek, or go even lighter and use window film. Window (insulation) film is very thin and feels like it would be very fragile, but I’ve used a single sheet for hundreds of miles of backpacking. I only got a new one because it packed so small that I temporarily lost it in my pack…and I have a small pack. You should be able to find it at your hardware store for less than $10. If you want to use tyvek, you can probably get tyvek scraps from a home construction site for free.


Puffy clothing offers a warmth to weight ratio that’s many times better than fleece or wool.  I prefer a single down layer instead of multiple layers of heavier synthetic insulation, and then venting to control heat and moisture buildup.  Uniqlo in NYC offers a very light down parka that’s around $100.  Costco recently sold a boy’s down jacket that sold for about $35, and several people found that a boy’s XXL fit like a men’s medium.  TJ Maxx and Marshalls occasionally have great deals on lightweight jackets.

More weight can be saved by using a puffy vest under a shell. Cabelas usually has a down vest that’s on sale for $20-25. My extra large Cabelas vest weighs 13 ounces.


Check out women’s gear, even if you’re a man.  When EN-rated to the same temperature, the temperature rated for a woman will be just as comfort for a man at roughly a dozen degrees cooler.  This means that a 30°F sleeping bag for a woman might feel like a 20°F bag for a man, but since it’s sold as a 30°F bag, you usually pay less.


February 27, 2012 - Posted by | Walking Blog

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