Optimization under constraints
To avoid confusion about certain aspects of the trip reports above, here is a note of explanation. The reported equipment and routes were chosen under the S.A.L.V. constraints:
- I like to go Solo. The weight of the shelter, kitchen etc cannot be divided among several companions.
- The trips are normally Autonomous: I carry all my supplies (food, fuel etc) and practice wild camping.
- I believe in hiking Light. Given the first two constraints, the only way to achieve a light backpack is to leave behind everything but the essentials.
- As a Vegetarian, I try to avoid products with leather and down, not to mention that the diet is plant-based.