From the beginning I decided to aspire to lightweight on my hike. Besides the practical benefits, ‘going lightweight’ says something about me. I’ll leave what up to you.
As I sort through my shelter options I now find myself entertaining all sorts of questions about thekind of person I am, as indicated by gear selections.
Am I a true wilderness man who needs nothing more than a bivy?
Or am I someone who needs the crutch of a tent to shelter me from nature and her assaults?
A bit of a false dichotomy. I had expected that introspection on how I am impossibly tied up in projecting a false image of myself would begin in earnest on the trail; I was not expecting it to confound me while picking out a sleep system.
Just like the brands I buy and the neighborhood I choose live in, how I camp makes a statement. As much as ultralight hikers like to pretend to be above the judgement laden world, packweight has become a pretty sexy word.
Oddly, for me, it is difficult to make a decision ‘just because.’ Everything is wrapped up in who I want to believe myself to be.