Written by Tony Montero Thursday, 06 June 2013 19:53
My girlfriend used to think that I was crazy for overstuffing my backpack every time we would head out for a hike or paddling trip. To me, a knife, tarp, space blanket, stainless steel cup, 2 water bottles, various fire starters, one hundred feet of cordage, compass, whistle, rain jacket and extra snacks are the bare essentials. She would say things like; “it’s too warm for that coat”, “there’s not a cloud in the sky so I’m not bringing that raincoat”, or “It’s only a three miles hike so we don’t need all that stuff”. However, if she is going to hike, fish, or paddle with me, she is going to take all these “extra” things.