So I'm young, nimble, strong, and shaking with enthusiasm about the backpacking scene. I've purchased gear, read books, studied maps, made plans, all of that stuff that gets our hearts boiling with passion for the outdoors. Of course, I still have a few questions, points to present, and ideas to ponder. I figured I'd reach my hand into the pot of wisdom this site has to offer; a few questions I've had, in no particular order:
How sustainable is backpacking? If I'm willing to tolerate a degree of discomfort, wetness, and other problems, can I do this for a year? two? a whole lifetime? I'm upwardly mobile, and about to take the plunge into vagabondage, living life as a transient street philosopher, can backpacking give this rambling turtle a shell? (if you can feel that)
I own a Hennessey Hammock, and I love it. Light, deliciously comfortable, easy to set up. But, I'm always looking to cut weight, and I'm considering using a quilt (my current BAG weighs, I believe, over 3 pounds. No bueno). Will this work? Because of the bottomless nature of a quilt, I'm scared I'll get cold/condensation problems. I'm thinking if I get a beefy sleeping pad, it might be a success. You tell me. Also: what quilt should I get? or, if not a quilt, what bag do you suggest? Mind you, I'm dirt poor, every piece of equipment I own takes me quite some time to finance.
Another beef I'm having is food. I read somewhere, I think it was "adventure allen's ultralight" or something, and he suggested I figure 2 pounds per day for food. Is this realistic? Can I cut this in half? A quarter? My main issue is that I'm vegetarian (3 years in march!). Its not usually a problem, but I've taken up powerlifting, and I'm on a high protein (150g+) diet. I carry some pure soy protein, but I can't thrive on this alone. I carry beans, nuts, and soy products, which are generally canned, and hard to do "the ultralight way".
One more thing: Winter Bivvy sacks? Do they exist, how bad of a problem is condensation, and whats the price range? I've seen them, but I'm dubious.
Thanks for taking the time to read that, that, thing above. I just have so many questions, and I figured it a bad idea to make 98802345 threads about each one.