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Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Favorite luxury items? on 07/07/2013 09:32:05 MDT Print View

Everyone carries something they shouldn't, except for the absolutely weight-crazy. What do you carry that you could leave at home for a better base weight?

My first is obvious: a DSLR camera (Nikon D7000). It rides on my straps and gets used every trip, no exceptions.

Second: Thermarest Z-Lite sit pad. I have completely fallen in love with this little pad. I always strap it on, and I am always thrilled that I brought it with me in all weather.

Peter S
(prse) - MLife

Locale: Denmark
Electronics... on 07/07/2013 09:48:44 MDT Print View

Hi Max

Kindle, smartphone and camera.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Favorite luxury items? on 07/07/2013 09:49:49 MDT Print View

This thread is till going. Same subject.

luxury on 07/07/2013 11:07:03 MDT Print View

comfortable sleeping pad
warmer bag

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

D'oh on 07/07/2013 11:08:28 MDT Print View

Whoops! Didn't see it, Ken!

John Holmes

Locale: SouthEastern US
2 oz of Pampero Anniversario Rum per day on 07/07/2013 13:45:06 MDT Print View

Astounding how a couple of swigs at the end of a hard day of hiking makes everything feel better.
There is no greater luxury than that.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Why's the rum gone? on 07/07/2013 13:46:06 MDT Print View

Ha! Love it.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Favorite luxury items? on 07/07/2013 14:03:44 MDT Print View

I carry everything I need, so nothing is a luxury. I assume everyone does the same. Need to one person maybe a luxury to others. It doesn't matter.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Mind your own business
Re: Re: Favorite luxury items? on 07/07/2013 15:34:14 MDT Print View

well said Nick.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

I still think luxury exists. on 07/07/2013 16:13:02 MDT Print View

Need VS want, I could ditch a lot.

I don't need a pair of sunglasses, but I want them.
I don't need a sleeping bag when I pack my coat, but shivering for 6 hours is no fun.
I don't need a camp towel, but it makes a number of jobs easier.
I don't need a spork, but it makes eating a lot less messy.
I don't need a pack liner, but I like dry clothes.

The list goes on....

I think some of my items pass the need/want barrier quite obviously, like the above, but others are definitely luxuries that I do not need to have a good trip. I wouldn't miss my sit pad, but I certainly enjoy it when I do have it.

Then again, I am very masochistic when I camp, so going without something feels like adventure more than sacrifice. For me, the line between luxury and essential is clear.

Edited by mdilthey on 07/07/2013 16:16:46 MDT.

Alex H
(abhitt) - MLife

Locale: southern appalachians or desert SW
Re: Re: Favorite luxury items? on 07/07/2013 16:14:32 MDT Print View

I concur with Nick. Some would say my 6 oz. chair is a luxury but not for me, it makes my long nights in camp extremely comfortable and inviting.

(drown) - F - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah
"Favorite luxury items?" on 07/07/2013 16:53:56 MDT Print View

Never all at once but some of these at times

1. An unread copy of Harper's magazine: brain massage and fire starter
2. good watercolor paper pad, my travel brush set and a small palette of my favourite paint pigments
3. A few drops of Everclear added to a cup of hot chocolate
4. Have yet to try it out yet but my new Tenkara Iwana rod when fishing will be a possibility.
5. On very rare occasions these days, climbing gear
6. binoculars

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: I still think luxury exists. on 07/07/2013 20:08:11 MDT Print View


For your personal comfort and general happiness it sounds like you need sunglasses, a sleeping bag, a camp towels, a spork, and a pack liner. Why apologize or even consider what others think? Why even ask?

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Yep... on 07/07/2013 20:39:20 MDT Print View

1. Full length Theremarest ProLite

2. Olympus TG-1 camera (waterproof to 30 ft., drop resistant, intuitive menue)

Everything else including a GPS I truly need.

(Unlike a new Bushnell HDMR riflescope which I only "need".)

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Favorite luxury items on 07/07/2013 21:10:06 MDT Print View

1.A book. Especially in summer when days are long here in the Northern Rockies. Something to do when it's still light and camp chores are done.

2. Reading glasses. Needed for item 1.

3. A flask with Jack Daniel's. Perfect ending to a great day.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Nick on 07/08/2013 08:52:14 MDT Print View


I tried to explain this. I think we view luxuries differently. When I give up those things, i'm not less happy, i'm differently happy. Still happy. They are definitely ancillary to me having a good time, so I consider them luxuries for a different kind of fun.

This thread? Curiosity, not self-actualization.

Heather Hohnholz
(Hawke) - M
DeLux on 07/08/2013 09:02:10 MDT Print View

Kobo Mini Ereader

Air pillow & down-filled pillow case

MYOG Camp chair

scree ride
grandkids on 07/08/2013 10:26:30 MDT Print View

adds up to 20 pounds

Delmar O'Donnell

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Items that Could be Left at Home on 07/08/2013 10:32:02 MDT Print View

I understand Nick's interest and perspective; it's similar to mine.

A list of things that I COULD leave home, but usually don't:

- a larger than necessary knife (sometimes up to 6 oz)
- a pair of silk longjohns to sleep in (a 7 oz penalty)
- a pair of rainpants (4 oz penalty)
- a watch
- a drinking "tumbler" fashioned from a soda can -- not necessary but handy
- scissors from a victorinox swisscard (knife would probably do)
- note pad for scribbling
- sit pad
- cell phone (sometimes)
- items in med kit that are for comfort, not for staying alive

Add these up and I could save well over a pound and a half, leaving them at home.

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Luxury and its weight penalties on 07/08/2013 17:31:29 MDT Print View

if there's water, a fly rod about 10 oz. with reel and a few flies;

often a relaxing adult beverage (for night time and in case of snake bite or need to sew myself up a la Rambo); and

That's about it. The sit pad (2 oz.) is factored in to my weight already, serves as my pack's back pad and has too many other uses to leave behind. My cell phone is also multi-purposes, reasonably light and already factored into my base weight.

I guess this thread has made me realize I'm a totally boring hiker. Maybe I'll buy a Gameboy.