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“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese.
I recently stumbled on this quote and thought it was worth sharing. To me, while “off balance” is certainly a good description, I find that over time I cling less to the desire for traditional balance and more to the desire for earth and sky and stars and crisp clean air in my lungs.
Still, there is often a brutality, and I think it can be misleading to tell folks otherwise. This photo might be a good example, a beautiful sunrise and yet that was the first morning we woke to a hard deep frost…the cold was really biting and there was ice on our fuel bottles.
April 2016, Wild River Wilderness Area, NH
Three of us decided to spend for days in the Whites, we wanted to get away from the hustle and bustel of everyday life, we wanted to backpack with friends, we wanted to be in the wilderness with experienced adventurers, we wanted to go off trails and generally muck about in the woods, and we successfully did all of that and more. Continue reading
1: No shoes in the tent. Walking in and out of the tent in only your socks is of course fine.
2: Never cook in your tent. The vestibule is not really in the tent though…so if you’re in the tent and the stove is sort of right in the doorway then you’re totally doing it right.
3: Always be in your sleeping bag, it’s cozy, that’s what it’s for. If something is out of reach simply do the worm across all people and obstacles until you get there.
4: Never bring wet rain gear into the tent. Unless it’s raining outside, in which case you will want to keep your wet things dry. This means you pretty much always have wet rain gear in your tent. Consider a declaring a swamp zone and make sure everyone keeps their swamp in the zone.
5: Don’t pitch in a ditch. Seriously, you don’t need to be on high ground but at least make sure there’s some place lower for the water to go.
6: Prepare for the worst weather you have ever seen. If it’s nice and sunny be extra suspicious as the weather is probably just trying to fool you before letting it rip at the last possible second.
7: Always always always have a clean dry pair of socks at the bottom of your sleeping bag. In case of an emergency, clean dry socks will make everything okay after all.
Did I miss anything? Feel free to add your own in the comments.
(Not my picture. I found it on the internet with permission to reuse it, and I didn’t have my usual photos at hand. Can’t figure out who took it but well done! Looks like a great time)