Backpacking List Philosphy - Right now in the
trunk of my neighbor's Ford Taurus is more stuff than
is owned in total by a significant portions of the
population of Planet Earth. As an American preparing
your backpacking list, if you are an American, you
have to consider that by and large Americans are the
consumption hogs of the world. We own more, we acquire
more, we possess more, and we even eat more.
Having all that stuff is a personal decision for most
people. But when it comes to carrying it on your back
for 5 or 6 hours, stuff is a decided disadvantage.
Because when the backpacking list is being
prepared, the rule of the neophyte is "when in
doubt, take it." Consider that the rule of the
experienced is "when it doubt, leave it."
Idiocy of it all
I don't even take a flashlight.What, really, are you
planning on doing after dark, anyway? If the lightweight
philosophy sounds lame, then you probably have more
backpacking you need to do in order to develop the
proper attitude. Because of all the criteria that
is used to judge experienced backpackers from the
majority of the rest, the weight of their load is
one of the main ones. Tenderfeet haven't the discipline
to lighten the backpacking list. Those who have had
plenty of very long days on the trail - have.
stop the preaching. In the end, it won't sway much
of anyone. Only a number of backbreaking days on the
trail will. It's by far the best education on developing
your own backpacking list...
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