I was on the fence about the frying pan, last summer I just cooked my fish on th fire. It does cook up beautifully just by laying a bed of sphagnum moss on the coals, then the fish, followed by another layer of moss. But it gives me so many more options for my food! Sure I COULD cook bacon on an open fire, but it's a ton more work, plus what about all those wasted calories that just drip into the fire? And yeah, I do all my cooking on camp fires. I could get by fine w/o bringing tinder, there's tons of birch.
I don't bring tent stakes, there's nothing to pound them into in the Canadian Shield, it's all exposed granite with at most a few inches of peaty soil here and there. Thats the other reason why I need more cord for my tarp, the guide lines need to actually reach something.
Earplugs are dual purpose, they help me get to sleep when swarms of mosquitoes are buzzing around inches from my face, and sometimes the rubber flanges on my headphones (for my mp3 player which I'm trying to convince myself to leave behind) pop off, and I can fashion replacements from the earplugs.
I just use 1L mineral water bottles, aquafina maybe?
I could take a mora, my handforged puukko weights a whole ounce more (just the knife)... This upgrade might just have to count as one of my luxuries. [IMG]http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh92/Mr_id/CIMG3208.jpg[/IMG]
I haven't used this particular towel before, so I'll see how it works out before I cut it. I do like to keep my clothes clean and a good towel really helps dry them out a lot faster.
I'm off to find a long sleeve synthetic shirt.