I've just started a new fulltime job as I have almost finished my honours degree at Uni. Its a great job-I am researching the effects of the Aus native dog, the Dingo, on feral cats and foxes in the arid zone. (Lots of spatial ecology and analysis).
BUT, it means that:
A) Two friends and I have to forget about conducting a 650km unsupported traverse of the Flinders Ranges; South Australia's main range. They are pretty busy with their work and research studies too so it was going to be a struggle to fit it in.
B) I am going heavier! Well, if I go bushwalking somewhere else specifically I will still keep it light, but I am about to buy a 38L daypack that weighs 1.6kg!!! I recently wore through the base of my old one (weighed 1kg), and given some of the kit (lots of metal traps and electronic equipment-sometimes up to 35kg) I will be hauling around, I want something that will last and be comfortable. Actually, its harness is better than what you can find on most UL packs, and with the tough canvas construction might outlive me, despite being dragged through dust and rocks and lashed to quadbikes and other vehicles all the time.
But yeah, although this job is pretty good, and the potential impact of this research is amazing, I am feeling a bit down right now! I think I will be holding off alot of the SUL and UL gear purchases I had planned as although I will be walking out in the remote desert everyday, I won't get much chance to use it.
Think I will console myself by saving up and planning for a crazy round the world cycle trip or something. That will be LW though so that the gear lasts, ugh.
Thanks chaff forum for an opportunity to vent!