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Field tests

October 11, 2016 — BarryK
By Barry Kauler

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Base load

March 18, 2016 — BarryK

By Barry Kauler
Page updated: March 18, 2016

This is one page of a series that I am writing on "traveling light", whether it be hiking in the wilderness or wandering the world by boat, bus, train or air.

In this page I have itemised my "base load", which is everything that goes into my pack or on my person, apart from food and water.

Clothing

Only one set of clothes are needed, with something minimal to wear while washing the main set. Following recommendations of experienced hikers, I need fibres that have a moisture-wicking capability and are fast drying. And light. Most of my usage is in the hot dry Australian bush, so keeping cool and non-sweaty is the highest priority. This is what I now wear:

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Waist packs

March 18, 2016 — BarryK

By Barry Kauler
Page updated: January 25, 2016

This is one page of a series that I am writing on "traveling light", whether it be hiking in the wilderness or wandering the world by boat, bus, train or air.

Over the years, I have done a bit of hiking, or what some would call trekking, rambling, or bushwalking.

January 2015, mid-summer here in Western Australia, I walked a short section of the Bibbulmun Track. I attempted to travel light, but my backpack, loaded with sleeping bag, tent, folding chair, inflatable mattress, food, clothes, toiletries and miscellaneous other items, was a strain.

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Shelter

March 11, 2016 — BarryK
By Barry Kauler
Page updated: March 12, 2016

This is one page of a series that I am writing on "traveling light", whether it be hiking in the wilderness or wandering the world by boat, bus, train or air.

Over the last few years, I have been a bit of a "tentaholic", accumulating them in my bedroom closet.
It is just that I have been searching for that elusive "ideal" tent ...ha ha, I guess there are others who, reading this, will identify with my obsession.

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Backpacks

March 11, 2016 — BarryK

By Barry Kauler
Page updated: March 12, 2016

Pushing minimalist hiking to the extreme, I evaluated overnight hiking with only a waist-pack:

Traveling light: waist-packs
Lots of fun! However, it is pushing the limit to add a tent, especially a "proper" tent (dual-skin, dome), so I investigated the next-step up, ultra-light backpacks.

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Solar power

February 03, 2016 — BarryK
By Barry Kauler

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