The first thing is philosophy: I camp in order to hike. I have friends for whom it's the other way around and they enjoy the outdoors just as much as I do, but in a different way. Their packs tend to be about 16-18 kilos and large (60 to 80 litres).

That makes sense. I'm kind of in between that. It's my clothes and food that take up a lot of my space, but I don't like being cold and/or wet. I was doubly reminded of the cold part this past winter.

I've gotten used to both, and played in them both a lot, but if I get to have my druthers nowadays I'll take being warm and dry almost every time. Guess I 'm getting soft. blush

As for the food, for some reason I always pack more than I need. Always have. I'm a lot better than I used to be but I could always carry a lot back, so maybe I underestimate what I can squeeze out of what I bring.


"You want to go where?"