Dreaming of Replacing a Backpack
As odd as this may appear, I have some of my best thoughts during my sleep. More than once I have solved a complex problem or a creative idea has been born during my sleep. I am unable to explain this, but I know that what I have described occurs on a frequent basis.
For reasons unknown to me I have been thinking during my waking hours about warm-weather wilderness adventures. The thoughts are not on the destinations, but on the equipment to use to make the best of the outings. I suppose those thoughts are because a couple of items in my backcountry equipment list are nearly twenty-five years old, are much heavier than similar equipment available today, and have served their purpose. I think about that type of stuff – weight, durability, longevity…you get the idea.
The other night I dreamed about replacing my tent and backpack – two of my aged wilderness outing items. Should I decide to replace my tent, the selection process will be relatively straight forward – freestanding or not, front door or side door, how much does it weigh? Replacing my backpack will be more difficult. I prefer to use a pack that allows for plenty of organization, yet is lightweight, and carries the load with comfort. To make the best choice involves packing any possible replacement backpack with my actual equipment, then hiking with it. This may require trying out several packs or I may get lucky with the first one I try. Time will tell.
Today I visited my buddy Darrin at Crawdaddy Outdoors to discuss packs. When I left I was carrying two packs that I will load and carry over the next few days. I may or may not find one that is suitable, but I am going to give it a good try. If I do find one, I may be the last person hiking in America that has made the switch from an external frame pack to a modern, internal frame pack. Obviously this is a difficult decision.
I found it ironic that when I went to shoot photos of the packs, the first photo was recorded by accident using a long exposure without a flash. The resulting image was almost dream-like, just as this process began – in a dream!
Dreaming of Osprey Internal Frame Backpacks from Crawdaddy Outdoors: