My house is a mess of camping gear, drying out tents, and bicycle tools. I’m eating reconstituted beef stroganoff, trying to figure out and refine my camping kit.
I’m so friggin happy right now. I’m like a little kid.
I picked up a minimalist biv sack – little more than a nylon sack with a waterproof bottom enough for a sleeping bag and pad. And I ran into fellow .83 bike jerk Matthew at REI today who offered to sell me his hammock for half of whatever a new one costs. I don’t know what I feel about either of these items as a stand alone replacement for a tent – but tents, even small and light ones, are bulky and heavy. If you can spread the load between two people it’s not a big deal, but I’m trying to figure out something for a single person, trying to get the weight down. I mean, everyones got their own setup – what they like and what works for them. What they’re willing to sacrifice, what kind of cruft they can shave away without making the experience uncomfortable.
I’m still figuring out mine. I’ll try out this hammock thing but suspect that the biv sack under a rain tarp will be sufficient for my needs.
As far as cooking and eating – I have a collapsable bowl and a titanium spork that actually work very very well. I want to find a small metal billy with a lid and bail for cooking/drinking coffee/tea/soup with. Already have a stove – the Brunton All Fuel.
Anyhow – lots to do and think. I love it.
Today – perfect weather. I bailed on all my plans with everyone and spent the day riding around and being quiet, reading my book and whatnot. It’s been really nice. Tonight I’m heading out to go to BTM’s birthday shindig in Georgetown. Should be a good time.
This summer is going to rule.