Kit dilemma, yes yet again a kit dilemma is nagging at my thoughts and haunting my day dreams ..............the question is should I go lightweight modernist? Stick with my usual gear or mix and match both??
What and why am I bothering about this??
Well, generally for bushcraft I like to pack along my gear in a LK35 or for longer term trips and winter the LK70 and for Hiking I usually use my old Karrimor bobcat 65 or a slightly smaller 55. The kit I carry isn't that different when hiking or bushy - especially as some of my hiking is bushcraft themed too in places like Sweden.
Now here's the problem - next year I am doing the Fjellraven Classic - our team is a angloswedish mix with 3 Brits, me, wiggy and Tomo and 2 Swede's, Roger and Richard - and like any mix of folks our idea's and reasons for doing the hike differ. There is talk of speed, there is talk of enjoying the hike. But one thing that seems to be common among my hiking partners is almost desperate need to cut down on the weight of their gear.
I can understand this, after all if your unfit lightening your load seems to be a simple way of easing your burden, Even if your fit as a fiddle lightening your load allows you to enjoy your walk but is there a limit?
I know the theory around the big three and bringing their weight down etc etc etc - but is this or does this become a trade off between weight and what I think of a robustness??
For example I can fit my entire hiking outfit in a karrimor xlite 45 - minus food and water this all weighs in at less than 10kg and yet when I look at my sack I cringe and a little voice in my head whispers - that sack wont last the course ..........or I can pack along a titanium pot, my snow peak 750 with my gas stove but essentially I am then packing along a cup! Wouldn't I be better to pack my stainless steel billy with a mug sized stainless steel cup??
You see my problem?? I like the idea of going lightweight - but my heart tells me that its better to have gear that is robust and can go the distance............. added to this is the problem that if I go with my common sense and pack for robust longevity will I then either slow down the team or at the very least simply making my life harder??
thus is my dilemma to which I am yet to find a answer ...........