My Pack

Deciding what to bring and what not to bring was the hardest part of trip preparation.  I did not want to carry an expedition kit (ala all the hostelers around the globe), but I wanted to have enough equipment to pursue my interests (ie cold weather gear for climbing mountains).  I compromised and committed myself to carrying nothing more voluminous than a large day pack.  My 30 liter no-frame, no-frills Go-Lite pack fit the bill.
I thus had to pack creatively, and whenever possible bring items that could have double uses.  My nylon mountaineering pants for example could easily serve as khakis in a dark club, and my formal shorts are long enough to prevent chafing on a surfboard.  Some of the questionable items I brought include a sleeping bag, a Spanish textbook (hopefully I will be able to part with it soon), and climbing shoes.  Fortunately none of my belongings have any personal value, and my kit has been evolving for the entire trip.

Deciding what to bring and what not to bring was the hardest part of trip preparation.  I did not want to carry an expedition kit (ala all the hostelers around the globe), but I wanted to have enough equipment to pursue my interests (ie cold weather gear for climbing mountains).  I compromised and committed myself to carrying nothing more voluminous than a large day pack.  My 30 liter no-frame, no-frills Go-Lite pack fit the bill.

I thus had to pack creatively, and whenever possible bring items that could have double uses.  My nylon mountaineering pants for example could easily serve as khakis in a dark club, and my formal shorts are long enough to prevent chafing on a surfboard.  Some of the questionable items I brought include a sleeping bag, a Spanish textbook (hopefully I will be able to part with it soon), and climbing shoes.  Fortunately none of my belongings have any personal value, and my kit has been evolving for the entire trip.

Hard to believe it all fit in a daypack!

Hard to believe it all fit in a daypack!

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