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Could It Be That I Have All The Gear I Need?

Nah. Not possible. But…

I am going on a rather substantial pack trip later this summer, as I do every summer with a group of my friends. (The basic idea is a west-to-east transit of the Sierra Nevada that climaxes at the summit of Mt. Whitney.) I’ve been backpacking for decades, but it seems like before every trip there is some piece of gear that I just must have – a replacement for something that has worn out, a better version of something I already own, or a new item that I haven’t used in the past.

During the weeks before a relatively long trip like the one mentioned above I begin to consider the packing process. It isn’t an all-consuming thing at this stage (that doesn’t happen until 10:00 p.m. the night before I leave. ;-) but I begin going over my mental list and considering changes to my equipment. I’m somewhat disappointed that so far the most substantial new equipment need I can come up with is… well, nothing.

But I think I’ll survive… :-)


July 29, 2008 - Posted by | Commentary | , , , , , , , ,


  1. As someone with a dozen old Macs, three sail boards, two very nicely rigged bicycles, a complete salt-water aquarium, enough camping equipment to get me through weeks after the next big one, and just a few cameras, lenses, filters and tripods, I can safely say that yes there comes a time when you have enough gear.

    It only took me 47 years to realize this, but go out and have fun with what you have.

    Comment by Tom Clifton | July 29, 2008

  2. Tom, I can definitely identify with that! I learned some years ago – finally – that it really isn’t about the equipment. Come to think of it, I probably took me about the same amount of time to learn this lesson that it took you.


    Comment by Dan Mitchell | July 29, 2008

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