For the last few weeks I have been planning this summer’s trips. I will be doing both canoeing and hiking and there are a lot of thoughts that have come up. But one thing that is very common is the stresses in the outdoors. For me getting out in nature is a way to get away from the everyday stresses and relax and enjoy nature to its fullest. To do these things will have to take time, for example I choose to cook over an open fire instead using a gas cooker. This means I will have to sort out a place to have my fire, gather fire wood and keep the fire going. This takes a lot longer time then having to just put on a gas cooker, but cooking over the fire gives me so much more and I am being there on natures own terms.
When I am doing research for my canoe trips on how high the water is in the streams and if there are many tree´s in the way I found mostly kit lists.
When I do research on hiking trails and good detours worth taking and if there is possible to cross certain streams. But all I find is more kits lists and this time telling me to keep it as light as possible.
I am not interested in kit lists, I have used the same stuff for years and are not planning on buying any new lightweight stuff that will not hold up for many years of use. I don’t mind carrying a little extra since I am not in a rush to get the next goal. When hiking I just love stopping and have a look at plants, animal, tracks or any other of natures wonder or why not stop for a long lunch, have a swim or just lay in the sun for a while. But everywhere I just read faster, longer and lighter. If I go fast, how am I going to see all the small things, I am not only interested in seeing the big peaks and giant lakes I also want to see the small things. So if I take my time and take many breaks why do I have to have lightest gear available to go as fast as possible?
Will write trip reports on this blog after my trips so at least someone can get some info on trips to take and not what to bring =)