American Bushman

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Doing more with less

Working toward my goal of doing more with less I'm working to reduce single-use items from my kit and trying to see just how light I can go and still be comfortable.

What I've come up with so far:
  • Bark River Gameskeeper
  • Mucket
  • Firestarting Kit
  • Tarp
  • Cordage

Doesn't seem like a huge load but it'll provide me with several of the basics.
  • Gameskeeper = tools, utensils, firewood, etc.
  • Mucket = food prep, water gathering/purification
  • Firestarting Kit = fire, light, warmth
  • Tarp = shelter
  • Cordage = Too many uses to list

You can last up to 3 weeks without food (I can probably last 5 with the spare tire I'm lugging around) so bringing emergency rations with me falls very low on the list.

I'd probably also throw in some trash bags or zip-top bags just in case I needed to distill water.

The trick, as I've discovered, is not in making the list but in keeping the load restricted to that list. When I head out I too often double or triple the weight of my pack by adding unnecessary components "just 'cause."

Thanks for reading,



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