July 21, 2015

I got a lot done today.  I know it won’t sound like a lot, but I decided which clothing I was going to bring.  I weighed all of it, repaired what needed to be repaired, and sprayed it all with Permethrin, a tick-repellant.  I also had to be careful where I laid it all to dry because it was raining out and I didn’t want my cats to be affected by it.

I also made a list of everything that I thought I needed to bring, along with weight of each object.  My pack is sadly heavy so I wanted to keep everything else as light as possible.  The problem is I kept thinking about the things I might need for worst-case scenarios.  How much extra fuel should I bring for my new stove?  How much water should I pack?  How many condoms should I bring (if any)?   Would I really need a rain poncho?  A repair kit?  An extra blanket? A first aid kit?  A book to read at nights?   I already decided to bring a journal so I could write everything down so I can type it all up and post it to the internet when I get home.

I finally figured it all out and ended up with a total weight of just under 40lbs.  It’s not ideal, but my backpack is an old external-frame type that weighs 13lbs.  I spent all of my extra money on a new lightweight tent, stove, and sleeping bag.  At least my pack will be lighter than it was last year.  The standard backpacking wisdom is that the maximum that someone should carry is 1/3 of their body weight.  I’m still very far off of that total, thankfully.  One third of my body weight would be

I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m falling into an old pattern of focusing so much on one thing (preparing for this backpacking trip) and not focusing at all on everything else that I’m supposed to be doing.  Almost everything below has not been done at all by me for days.


Relationships: I did nothing.

Meditation:  I did not meditate today.

Sleep: I slept 7 hours last night.

Exercise:  I did no exercise

Diet: I followed my diet well today.

De-cluttering and cleaning: I did neither

Hygiene:  I did neither.

Mood and temperament: I was content today.  My temperament was good.


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