With New Years Eve upon us and a few hours left to make all those deeply, heart felt, resolutions, I thought I would bring up something that most of us would not care to admit, of coarse, I suppose I could be all alone in this. I actually made a resolution several years ago, not to make any more resolutions. Instead, I would just do what ever needed to be done, upon having the realization, or soon after and save myself having far too many things to remember and quit, come January first.
Anyway, I confess that over the years I have - when finances allowed - been a slave to new backpacking technology. Somewhere around ten or twelve years ago, I made my last purchase of a one pound thermorest ultralight and a snow peak canister stove, then called it quits. That was until I stupidly stumbled upon this site, a year ago and the demon was once again released. I hadn't been keeping up, probably due to my attention being diverted to digital photography and that never ending merry-go-round, but that's another story.
Anyway, to make a long story short, it sounded too good to be true. To be able to get my total pack weight under 20 pounds sounded like a dream come true, specially since with my photo gear, I was used to 40 pounds and sometimes 60-70 pounds, with large format stuff.
I jumped in with both feet and got Ultralighted and it was wonderful. I was in backpacking heaven. However, it didn't take long, until I read on and dug a little deeper and discovered there was an even more Nirvanaistic experience called SuperUltralite. How could I have missed that? I should have went there first and saved myself a bunch of dough, not counting the endless hours of online comparisons. So I stumble onward, counting grams, clipping labels, swapping stakes, doing without, until I finally reached the sub 5 pound barrier and I became an enlightened one. Then, I lived happily ever after and never bought another thing and retired a rich man, from saving all my money, that I would have spent on gear.
Well, not exactly, like that. Actually, I discovered that SUL, pretty much requires that you hike near water, because those beautiful little framless packs don't do too well when you get over about twenty pounds. I live in the desert, a typical two day two night trip put me up
on the north side of twenty pounds and as much as I wanted to be OK with it, it just was too much, for the little pack, and my shoulders.
I will save a cheap little day pack, for those SUL excursions in those distant rain and stream swept lands of Appalachia or California, but for now I had to buy a little more gear and get me a framed pack that can handle 16 pounds of water and I hope that now, I can live happily ever after, because I'm so done buying gear. I don't need nothing else, except for maybe a.......nope, I don't even need that, yet.;) Happy New Year!