Some items you can’t do without – a tent and sleeping bag are likely to be essentials. As is something to carry them in. Others are more of a luxury eg Ipad vs kindle vs paper book for those stormed in days in the tent. But even with the essentials, there’s a lot of variation in the options. And as always, the question of can we go lighter without risking that it’s not up to the conditions we’ll encounter?
And that is the crux of the balance… Weight (and to a lesser extent, bulk) vs conditions. £/gram saved is a useful figure, but in simple terms, the more you wish to save weight without affecting performance, the more it’s likely to hurt the credit card!
I’m going to try and write up some of our thoughts on the decisions we face for our trip across the Patagonian Icecap. Where every gram and £ counts.
First up – sleeping mats…