Dec 7, 2005 at 9:22 pm #1217322
I love simplicity on the trail. Having less gear is not just about weight for me, it’s also about being able to enjoy my surroundings without having to fumble with my gear all day. The less I have between myself and my surroundings, the more connected I feel.
One of the things I’ve done recently is stopped cooking on trips less than 5 days. It’s so liberating to me not to have to cook and clean in the backcountry, plus I lose the weight of cookware. Another thing that’s helped a lot is organizing everything carefully in stuff sacks.
Does anyone else have ideas about how to simplify on the trail? I’m not a hard-core minimalist and I do like to have gear to handle any reasonable situation comfortably. I usually bring a tarp, quilt, foam pad, bug netting, minimal clothing (including one insulating piece for most of my body) and raingear, first aid and other emergency supplies (duct tape, rope, knife, etc), and miscellany like sunscreen and poop trowel.Dec 8, 2005 at 9:09 am #1346702
Ben 2 WorldBPL Member
@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
Leaving cells, iPOD’s, PDA’s, etc. will go a long way to simplicity.
For those who always bring their cameras, lenses, tripods, etc. — leaving ALL of them at home from time to time can help focus more on appreciating the scenery, rather than always looking for the next Kodak moment.Dec 8, 2005 at 9:22 am #1346703
I like backpacking simple because it simply means I take less (weight).
For the up-coming ice climbing season though…
with a pulk sled I’m not afraid of taking some extra TENS of pounds in “creature comforts” like a Honda EU1000is portable generator, 5 gallons of 92 oct, Coleman Pro Cat catalytic heater, boot dryers, 2 100 W lamps, various rechargers, a 20 lb propane tank (full)… “creature comforts” to hardy Northerners @ -30 F, “borderline necessities” for others.
…my ode to lightweight winter camping… a Golite Hex 3 and a 32 F bag (Arc Ghost).Dec 8, 2005 at 9:32 am #1346704
What No Wide Screen HDTV? How un-civilized…Dec 8, 2005 at 10:49 am #1346705
Nope, entertainment is provided courtesy of the solar radiation hitting the atmosphere.Dec 8, 2005 at 10:56 am #1346706
I love simplicity on the trail.
not just the trail, simplicity at home, at work, in life in general, can be rewarding too.Dec 9, 2005 at 8:19 pm #1346767
@pyeyoLocale: pacific northwest
A recent cover of Real Simple magazine said “ten things you need to keep your life simple”. I didn’t get much further.Dec 10, 2005 at 2:15 pm #1346797
Stephen – you mentioned no cooking. What menu do you have for this? I might try the same thing.
TerryDec 10, 2005 at 3:54 pm #1346801
@craig_shelleyLocale: Rocky Mountains
As I thought about this, it was from a different perspective. I think going on backpacks alone leads to simplicity.
It is easy to make decisions. The lack of conversation focuses your attention on your surroundings. Sounds. Sights. You’re quieter and, I think, see more wildlife as a result. I frequently don’t bother to cook (at least for 3-season backpacking, in winter hot food and especially beverages are a treat and you need to at least get water from ice or snow). I never use a tent when I solo.
However, I don’t like leaving the camera. I like to look for shapes, textures, interesting lighting, record water sounds, birds, animals, etc. My camera lets me record these sights and sounds.
Ultimately, I guess all of us are individuals and simplicity means very different things to each of us.
Craig ShelleyDec 11, 2005 at 3:17 pm #1346821
Terry- I bring whole wheat pitas, almond butter, prunes, dried figs and mixed nuts. It’s healthy and complete. If I ate meat, I’d bring jerky. I actually don’t miss cooking at all. I usually supplement with fresh foods I find in the backcountry: mushrooms and greens in the spring and summer, and mushrooms and berries in the fall. Just be careful which mushrooms you eat raw.
Craig- I agree, going solo makes a trip much simpler. I’ve been doing that lately as well.Dec 31, 2005 at 12:19 pm #1347652
Here’s another idea. What is one of the things we spend the most time fiddling with during the day while on the trail? Water purification/filtration. We either have to pump, mix solutions and wait 30 min, or both, several times a day. Some of us also have to stop and fumble through our packs every time we want a drink. Or maybe that’s just me.
So here’s my new lightweight, hassle-free, instant gratification system: a 2L platypus big zip with a seychelle filter spliced in-line.
It weighs about 6 oz total, probably a couple oz more than the lightest purification system possible, but still much lighter than your average dude’s system. Plus, it couldn’t get any easier: scoop dirty water into platy, suck. Plus, with the hose I don’t have to put my pack down and rummage through it to get water. The flow is good; it’s even fluid enough to use as a gravity filter.Dec 31, 2005 at 1:10 pm #1347656
Bill FornshellBPL Member
@bfornshellLocale: Southern Texas
Try looking in the Make Your Own Forum
3.6oz Gravity Water FilterDec 31, 2005 at 5:28 pm #1347665
Douglas FrickBPL Member
>a 2L platypus big zip with a seychelle filter spliced in-line.
That, along with a small in-line UV sterilizer, would really make my day.Dec 31, 2005 at 5:33 pm #1347666
Ryan FaulknerBPL Member
you guys might be interested in this.
it is not platypus, but still cool
sorry the camelbak site is weird. the web adress dose not change when you go to dfferent pages on the site. so my link takes you to the home site
click the link then…
3. Tactical Components
4. Hydrolink In-Line Micro filterJan 1, 2006 at 2:28 pm #1347701
Wow, that looks pretty cool. Expensive though. I wonder how much it weighs and how many gallons it filters. The filter pore size is smaller than the Seychelle. I’d be willing to bet it’s sturdier and better quality than the Seychelle filter.Jan 2, 2006 at 1:59 am #1347729
Sechelle is aimed at cyst removal. That’s why its pore size is larger. Bacteria can get through the Seychelle; viruses through any mechanical barrier filter. If viruses are anticipated, also employ either UV-C or a chemical means of purification.Jan 2, 2006 at 1:31 pm #1347774
Rick DreherBPL Member
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
Looks like it’s also available directly from Innova:Jan 2, 2006 at 11:00 pm #1347802
Huh, that’s odd. Doesn’t Seychelle claim their filter removes 99.9 % of bacteria?
I wonder how much that innova filter weighs.Jan 16, 2006 at 7:28 am #1348669
@walksoftlyLocale: Piney Woods
Has anyone tried one of these?
Once my Safewater Anywhere filter bottle wore out, I hunted for a satifacory replacement. Found the frontier straw in a little shop in Colorado and have used it twice with a 7-11 Big Gulp Bottle (Yum). Seems to work OK, but haven’t seen any discussion anywhere on this product. Is there something I’m missing?
Weighs only a few ounces or a 20-Gallon life. Would think this is ideal for a weekend out if water is prefiltered through a bandana.Jan 16, 2006 at 7:40 am #1348670
@pjLocale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
keep in mind that the Frontier filter is primarily a cyst/spore filter aimed more at protozoan (and larger organisms) removal, not bacteria or viruses.
if you suspect bacterial or viral contaminants then you will want to employ either a chemical (e.g. AquaMira) or UV-C method of purification either instead of or in conjunction with the filter.
basically, retaining filtration as the second step in purification, in the case of the Frontier filter or a “drink-on-the-go” in-line filter (other filters would normally be the first step in a two-step purification process), with the chem. and UV-C means of purification is only necessary if certain larger parasites (e.g. certain tape worms) are suspected to be present in the water which chems & UV-C are largely ineffective against at the dosage levels used by the hiker.Jan 16, 2006 at 8:12 am #1348672
@walksoftlyLocale: Piney Woods
Thank you, Paul. That is very insightful.
I really haven’t worried about virus contamination since Peru.
I hike in areas where there is a lot of agricultural run-off that Aqua Mira will not handle. I know that there are cooties in the water, but also worry about chemicals and try to filter them out. My old Sweetwater does a fine job, but it is soooo very heavy.Jan 16, 2006 at 8:29 am #1348673
Douglas FrickBPL Member
> Has anyone tried one of these?
There is a recent thread on this item at:
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