|On Trail: Take less, do more||Off trail: Have less, live/be more
|Reduce your base pack weight. |
Learn the basics from Glen Van Peski!
With a lighter pack you’ll be able to go further, climb higher, hike faster. But that’s not always what it’s about. To me hiking with a lighter pack is just so much more fun.
|Get rid of the things you don’t really need.
Never wore that piece of clothing even once in the last year? Throw it out! Having less stuff to take care of, to worry about, creates a feeling of freedom.
|Invest in a few quality pieces of gear.|
Of the few gear you take, bring good gear, gear that you love. If you start replacing your old gear with lighter gear, do it one step at a time. I’m not saying you should go and buy the newest and lightest gear right away. Give it time to grow… smaller and lighter!
|Surround yourself with few things.
Having too much stuff around you can create an unsettling, suffocating atmosphere.
Before you buy anything, ask yourself a few questions: Is this really important? Can I live without? Am I just buying this to make myself feel good, to compensate for an uncomfortable feeling?
|Don’t use the biggest backpack you can get.|
It tempts you to take too much. We people seem to wanna fill empty spaces, so just don’t get a lot of space in the first place.
|Do you really need a house with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms?
Keep it small: Less expensive, less cleaning, less space to fill with things you don’t need. As a bonus (one that actually really matters) you’ll get a smaller carbon footprint.
|Don’t bring stuff based on a “just in case scenario”. |
Don’t pack your fears, instead increase your skills and knowledge! Take a wilderness first aid class, learn how to properly navigate, and seek information from others to improve your skills.
|Don’t keep things because you think “I might need that one day!”
If you don’t need it now or in the next few weeks, don’t keep it! “Ooo I could use this some day! Ooo I could make something nice out of this….” Right, maybe in 2 years…. Just throw it out! Give it away! Recycle it!
|Define what is important to you. |
What do you really “need” on trail?
Do you really need a chopping board to cut food? Really, in a gear shakedown I did with one of my students at wilderness school, I asked her to empty her backpack…. First thing she showed me was a chopping board. It’s obvious what I told her to do with that one.
|What really matters to you in life? What makes you rich? Set priorities!
Is it a jacuzzi or time with your family? Is it a new truck or the look in the eyes of your dog when you come home early from work? Is it the newest iPhone or a hike in the mountains?
If you don’t need much, you’ll have to work less, creating more time for your family and friends and for doing what you love.
Remember what Thoreau said: “I make myself rich by making my wants few.”
|Multiple functionality: |
Use single items for multiple purposes. Use your clothes as a pillow, use your backpack as a part of your sleeping system.
|Multiple functionality at home:
Yeah that’s a tough one. I can only say what I do. My tiny cabin serves as living room, kitchen, bedroom, gear room, office… Talk about multiple functionality!