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John Nausieda
(Meander) - MLife

Locale: PNW
But will it make you happy? on 08/08/2010 09:44:24 MDT Print View

The current number one article at the New York Times seems to support ideas that are right at home at BPL -that experiences matter more than stuff (although cleaning out the gear closet has it's place). http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/business/08consume.html?hpw

Edited by Meander on 08/08/2010 09:45:44 MDT.

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Good Read on 08/08/2010 11:10:17 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing the link

Steven Hanlon
(asciibaron) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
a correlation? on 08/26/2010 12:29:01 MDT Print View

does having more experience result in less dependence on stuff? my kit list is based on previous failures and sometimes successes, but mostly failures. i have watched the evolution of a few newbies over the past year and as they gain experience and confidence outdoors, their pack contents have dwindled considerably. they realize the likelihood of situation X happening is remote if they plan properly and don't take risks that outweigh the benefits.

in the article, i found the comment that they were no longer 30k in debt telling. at what price does all the "stuff" of modernity come. i think of how my grandparents lived into the 1940's - in a single room log cabin with 3 children.

Edited by asciibaron on 08/26/2010 12:32:44 MDT.