At no time does this become more apparent than when you have all of your worldly belongings on your back trudging through the tropical mid-day sun. My expedition gear is almost complete, boat, bike, backpack. All I need is photo and video gear to document it and my simple life will be complete.
Piece by piece I go through every single item attempting to not only I minimize my load but to make more space for food in my 38 liter Osprey pack. When I get to Sookie this pack will be stored away ready for travel and my Topo Designs Ketter pack will come out for shorter and long term ultra light travel.
Unpacking from my recent trip to Maui, I went through every item in my pack, I didn’t ever touch 80% of the contents including my sleeping bag. The big pack is for mountian explorations while the little one is for cycle touring and longer term travel like my upcoming trip to Cuba.
My best rule of travel is to take half as much stuff and twice as much money, this was my downfall when three days into my Hawaiin expedition I found myself with less than $250.00 and way too much gear. It was impossible to stealth camp carrying the huge burden. My next trip will find a half empty daypack with a light sweater, spare pair and my toothbrush. Anything else I can find along the way or make.
The ultralight life is a good one, small, simple and free as a bird to roam wherever I choose, however I choose. This past weekend was a true reminder of what freedom means to me. Earth, wind, fire and water, the four basic elements that rule my existence and provide my freedom.
The old school of thought would have you believe that you’d be a fool to take on nature without arming yourself with every conceivable measure of safety and comfort under the sun. But that isn’t what being in nature is all about. Rather, it’s about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.”
― Ryel Kestenbaum