My eldest daughter, nursey poohs and "the only member of this family who ever went to Uni" was watching me pack and unpack a Berghaus Munro as I tried to get the contents of my bedroll plus a British army bivi bag and a US army patrol sleeping bag into its tight little tummy ........ 30 litres hmmm?? I wonder!
Anyway "dad," she says, "what are you trying to do?"
"Pack a minimalist rucksack for next time I got to the woods" I replied.
"oh, dont you usually only take minimal stuff?"
Ding! Light blub on moment!
"ya I do! .......but."
"what you got in there thats less then?"
"Errr nothing really I just wanted to pack it in something smaller,"
"oh .............." strange look and rolling eyes with that scornful 'whatever' sigh of condemnation.
And she was right, on three scores as it happened.
Firstly, what was I carrying that was less? Nothing, I'd replaced a sleeping bag with a poncho liner and dropped my ground mat but thats not really worth writing home about.
Secondly, obviously my bedroll and haversack set up combined was of greater volume than my Munro ...........
Thirdly, and this is echoing what Ross and Waldergiesty bloke were saying, minimal kit is just that - minimal kit, its not going without kit, leaving behind kit NOR is it carrying loads of kit just in case ...........its the minimum kit required to ensure the survival of the Starship Me as I voyage around the wilderness, minimal kit is really your life boat and skills your rudder and sail.
So with that in mind heres my minimal kit list ................
1. Swedish Army LK35 rucksack + Haversack
2. US Army green sleeping bag – British Army bivi bag
4. Mess tins (stainless steel)
5. Rations + brew kit
6. Spare socks, t-shirt
7. Wash kit and house wife
8. Buffalo M/shirt
9. Woolly hat & Gloves
10. 2x 58 pattern bottles, mug and filter
12. A pair of work gloves
14. Possibles bag (first aid, cordage, axe stone, Etc)
15. Cutting tools
Haversack to be used if room required – mess tins and rations, condiments inc can opener, filter, bottle and cup, spoon, stove, sheath knife (when not worn) – tomahawk etc - and for day hikes away from camp.
So there you go - full circle and back to a minimal kit that does everything I need of it, back to what I always carry - the bedroll is still a good idea, its fun and gives you reason to flex the brain a bit but for minimalism maybe we should do just that carry the "sensible" minimum and not shed kit just for the sake of it!