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Evan McCarthy
(evanrussia) - MLife

Locale: Northern Europe
2011 Gear Purchase Moratorium? on 03/08/2011 06:04:22 MST Print View

I'm not in financial difficulty but I've pretty much purchased willy nilly for the past two years, replacing items big and small at will. I'm considering a moratorium on gear purchases (all gear small, big, and everything in between) to make this fun. If something gets legitimately broken, lost, or corrupted by wizard gnomes, I'll have to be creative about what happens on the trail. (Background: I backpack one or two weekends a month in the mid-Atlantic area, with possible New England and Pacific Northwest trips, and intend to keep the pace up.) Is this worth it? Could I sustain this moratorium the length of 2011? Will it be fun? Let's find out.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Gear Purchase Moratorium? What Sacrilege!! on 03/08/2011 06:28:35 MST Print View

Well, we'll see about that!

Kidding... Yeah, I think we sometimes get carried away with our gear purchases. But so far this year, I've been pretty good. My only purchases were a tent guyline kit and some tent stakes.

Best of luck with your 'gear moratorium'!

Evan McCarthy
(evanrussia) - MLife

Locale: Northern Europe
Re: 2011 Gear Purchase Moratorium?" on 03/08/2011 06:44:01 MST Print View

Yesterday I caught myself looking at new dry sacks (cuben, of course, for no particular reason), different styles of stoves, and then getting all excited about the new MLD Cricket. None of this is bad, but I have pretty much everything I need. It'll be better to look at my gear for the year and realize I need to make do with what I have.

I realize this is pretty stupid. But, eh, whatever.

jim draucker
(mtnjim) - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah Valley VA
Re: on 03/08/2011 06:58:09 MST Print View

No it is not stupid. I have been doing a similar mental exercise. Trying to pick one kit to use for the this year.Leave all the other gear stored and forget about it. Just change quilt/bag clothing and sleep pad for winter. Almost got it dialed in. Starting to think I have gear ADD :0
Will see what happens.

Jim

Jeremy W
(SockPuppet) - F

Locale: High Desert
Approval on 03/08/2011 07:06:30 MST Print View

My wife would certainly approve of your plan. Of course, I'm not going to tell her about it because it might give her an ugly idea!

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Approval on 03/08/2011 07:57:29 MST Print View

"My wife would certainly approve of your plan. Of course, I'm not going to tell her about it because it might give her an ugly idea!"


It is about the re-distribution of family income. Does the money go to the Imelda Maros shoe collection/slightly used appliance collection OR the BP gear shelf. Prioritize!

Evan McCarthy
(evanrussia) - MLife

Locale: Northern Europe
Re: Approval on 03/08/2011 08:02:36 MST Print View

I announced my spur of the moment moratorium to my wife while she was in the shower and got instant points for the unexpected and unanticipated pledge. But then I realized, what I am going to do with "points" if I'm not planning on buying something else?

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Approval on 03/08/2011 08:08:13 MST Print View

"But then I realized, what I am going to do with "points" if I'm not planning on buying something else?"

You obviously haven't been married very long.......

seth t
(diggity) - F
oo on 03/08/2011 11:19:26 MST Print View

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Edited by diggity on 04/06/2012 20:37:56 MDT.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Approval on 03/08/2011 11:30:47 MST Print View

Keep those points salted away, you just never know.

In the meantime, a handy mantra: Must not watch sales; must not watch sales; must not watch sales..."

That is my typical weak spot.

Much luck!

Rick

John Vance
(Servingko) - F

Locale: Intermountain West
Weakness on 03/08/2011 11:38:41 MST Print View

I must admit that it kills me to pass on a good deal. I seem to go through a "binge/ purge" cycle and often fall in love with equipment on paper and then either change my mind or find it didn't quite meet my needs or expectations. Try as I may, I can't seem to get the "just one of each item" that works all year long.

I have settled on pretty much two of everything - two packs, two shelters, two quilts, etc. to get me through the 4 seasons.

jim draucker
(mtnjim) - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah Valley VA
Points on 03/08/2011 12:43:05 MST Print View

Wife got points in the shower? :)

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: 2011 Gear Purchase Moratorium? on 03/08/2011 12:49:27 MST Print View

You could ask Ken Salazar to help you out.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
UN-AMERICAN! on 03/08/2011 13:34:38 MST Print View

Evan, what are you, "Un-American"?? You were born in the U S of A and BORN TO CONSUME. C'mon guy, do you mean to say you're not even going to get ONE little cottage industry item?? What about their famlilies? Are you going to deny their children a birthday party at Chuckie Cheeze?

Evan m'boy, at least buy some "dual purpose" clothes. Get some Rail Riders on the pretext that they will make great "casual slacks".

Look, if you stop buying backpacking gear you'll get out of practice in rationalizing. That could have dire consequences in the future when you DO go back to gear buying. You'll find that 7th stove that you really "need" and won't be able to rationalize buying it. It will become one more missed purchase that will retard our nation's economic recovery.

BE A PATRIOT. BUY, BUY, BUY!

Disclosure:
Since reading this a few days ago I also went on a gear buying moratorium... until yesterday when I ordered a CALDERA CONE Sidewinder stove and pot with the Inferno wood burning kit.

AT LAST, I've conquored my will power!

Edited by Danepacker on 03/10/2011 14:21:12 MST.

Bobby Pack
(Piddler) - MLife

Locale: West Virginia
There goes the recovery on 03/08/2011 13:47:59 MST Print View

Sigh, our economy needs the business. Since Evan is out I'll have to increase my spending to help save all those small business jobs.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: There goes the recovery on 03/08/2011 13:57:05 MST Print View

That's very noble of you, Robert. America thanks you. Oh, and China too. :)

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
2011 Gear Purchase Moratorium? on 03/08/2011 14:34:45 MST Print View

Good idea Evan.
I do that several times a year.
Works for me.
Franco

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
GO AMERICA! $$$$ on 03/08/2011 14:51:21 MST Print View

Being that I am a good American I have helped support the economy!

I bought this not long ago:
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And I bought a new bike trailer last weekend. It is my American duty to keep Costco in business afterall!

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: GO AMERICA! $$$$ on 03/08/2011 15:30:07 MST Print View

Sarah,

So where did you buy the child at? :)

-Tony

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: GO AMERICA! $$$$ on 03/08/2011 16:17:36 MST Print View

The husband said he was really expensive. One of a kind! The hospital said no refunds.

;-)