Hello fellow white blazers. This is Lisa Rainwater. First I want to thank everyone who supports us in our dream and others dreams.......and I'm not talking monitarily. We all have dreams in this life and we are promoting that people can live their dreams and we hope that by others seeing what we are doing to live our dream that it will inspire them to live theirs as well. I do not agree with how we are being portrayed but that is because I know who we are and what we stand for as a family, whereas, by the hurtful and negative comments are obviously being made by people who do not know us and do not know that the request for sponsorship idea was thought of by one of our dear friends who said they wanted to "help" us achieve our dream but knew that the gear we would need was very specific and they couldn't run out to Walmart and purchase it for us as a gift. I thought it was a creative idea. It was set up for people who love us, not as a gimick, or a scam which should be apparent to those that have been on our website. We are paying for 99% of this adventure out of our own pocket with funds we have saved. As far as riping our gear list apart, have at it.......we sure have and I'm sure we'll continue to until the day we leave. We've picked gear that we feel will work best for us and that may not be what works best for your adventure. Happy trails fellow hikers.