I find myself wrestling and internalising over that most important of subjects…..a kit list for an up and coming trip. I always seem to make a decent kit list for the trips I go on, but then a few days before I go check the weather, change the list, think a bit more, tinker some more. Before I know it, its the evening or even sometimes the morning of the trip and I havent really decided what i am going to take. I then revert to my tried and trusted method. I just bung loads of kit in the boot of the car including several tents, sleeping bags and rucksacks and decide when I get there.
This is fine…ish if you are on your own and dont mind faffing when you get to your destination, but I get a bit self conscious if there are others around me. I guess that I have to recognise that I just have too much damn kit! If I only had a handful of things I wouldnt have the conundrum that faces me every time I venture out into the hills. Oh, that and actually being able to find what you want in many large boxes crammed full of kit… Well I think that the kit thinning exercise must gather pace. I need to get rid of stuff bought in haste and not used (loads), some used once or twice and not suitable for me (quite a bit…I am fussy) and some bits that I have, er, outgrown (one or two items).
My task for today is to nail the kit list for my Cairngorms trip in October. Hmm, October? What could the weather be like in Scotland in October at over 4000feet. Could be a long day.