Generally a good job. "Analytical backpackers might do better to spreadsheet less, walk more, and pivot." A strange name for dealing with daily, weekly, monthly, crisis issues. But it works! "...by any other name..." the meaning comes through loudly.
I can no longer get out in winter, my diabetes and me do not fare well in cold weather. But I can still drool over the pleasant solitude and inherent simplicity of simply using the “grab and go” method for hikes.
As of ten-twenty years ago, we had paper lists for camping and finally got them on a computer. We added a spread sheet of weights and for a couple years I weighed EVERYTHING. Later on I found myself more and more, simply saying “I think I’ll head out” on a Thursday. Pack my bag, email my boss, and go...spontaneity works. Be it for a few days or a few weeks.
I decided a few years back not to pursue the lightest, nor the best performing, nor the easiest to use piece of gear. Rather, the smallest, most reliable and durable piece of gear for the above reason. I will continue to look for light, durable, reliable gear. Someone elses definition may vary, though. Yeah, I guess that makes me a gear head, but my definition is a bit different than most. AFTER it gets good reviews, and they quit making it of course, I might find a good piece of old used gear somewhere...and put it back in service.
Gone are the days of pusuing a the XUL perfection, though I've been there. Spread sheets, gram counting and XUL gear simply was not durable enough for a long hike. UL gear has good durability, not excelent, and will let me go for a couple weeks easily with no problems. So, my base load is back up to 9-11 pounds, depending.
I am retired. As of last year, I am trying to spend more time reading my email and posting, esp in colder temps. (No, you wont get wet from my drool, that is reserved for my computer.) I try to visit various web sites to keep current with newer concerns, gear, philosophy and techniques, regardless of using it or not Learning…well, learning is always essential. Contributing to teaching those of lesser learning, is part of the same… you learn from your students, too.
One thing that I have learned, that Ryan has so eloquently stated. “Spreadsheeting is interesting, pivoting means you have some amount of intelligence, but trust me when I tell ya: walking is where it’s at.” Perhaps in my case, more paddling than walking, these days. But, still with a simple, “Lean Approach.” This applies to durability, repairibility, and reliability, too.