|So that big green thing in my first sleeping bag, rolled in a tarp. It hung down to the backs of my knees.|
|Here is my burrito tent (left) in the rain and mud|
|Hanging my tent and sleeping bag out to dry from a night in the condensation machine|
Cooking was not going to be a problem. I had a pot and Kris had a camp stove. I think his stove was a hand-me-down from his dad or great granddad. Hard so say, it was THAT old. My beloved pot was the one I used many years for car camping. It was large and non-stick. What is wasn't was backpack sized and lightweight. Aside from the weight and size of these 2 items, they served us well.
|Note the massive size of our cookwear.|
What I did have was a strong back, willingness to experiment, and a desire to become more adept at backpacking. Since then we have tossed out all the stuff we can live without for a few days at a time and replaced many of our items with smaller, lighter, and more efficient equipment.
The Burrito Tent / Condensation Machine has now been replaced with a Hammock Tent (HH UL A-Sym Zip), the cookware with a ultra-light pot set, plastic sporks, and a MSR pocket rocket small enough to fit in.. well, your pocket. Boots upgraded to nice Merrel Moabs, sleeping bag is now an ultra-light mummy bag (that fits INSIDE my pack), among better clothing and lighter easy to make meals. My pack now weighs 22lbs without food or water (30ish fully loaded). Our first hike was 3 days with an average of 8 miles a day. We are about to set off on a five day hike covering up to 25 miles in a single day.
|MSR stove set and Bugaboo pot,|
|Hennessey Hammock Tent|
|Max supervising the packing process. He has learned to sniff out un-necessary weight.|
Planning has been a big factor in getting our pack weights down. Everything we take gets stripped to the bare essentials, weighed, and logged for further evaluation. Forums such as Whiteblaze.net and HammockForums.net have been a huge factor in getting information and questions answered.
I don't regret a single item we ever packed or a footstep we ever made. It has all been a part of the learning process and to me, that has been half the fun.