Monday, August 15, 2011
Gear Gathering Rituals
So, I'm heading off to Mt. Whitney next week with Brian Green and Ben2World and have been procrastinating/flip-flopping about which gear to bring.
There's a scale at the trailhead where everyone takes pictures of their pack weight so I could shoot for the lightest pack.
On the other hand, I've been to Whitney before and have a pretty good lay of the land. It's not that difficult of a summit so I could bring some luxury items like a video camera, small tripod, etc. and bring back some good content.
Or, on the third hand (need to see a doctor about that), I also have some cool gear to field test that would add to my pack weight but would be fun to try out.
In the course of assembling some of the gear I think I want to take, I realized something: I don't have a gear gathering ritual. Some people make detailed gear lists, some people always start with the same basic stuff and go from there. I have nothing. I feel like I start from scratch every time and carry a completely different set of gear based on memory and whim.
So, I ask, do you have a gear gathering ritual before a trip? What is it?