What do you need to survive on the Pacific Crest Trail?

Turns out, not a whole lot.

“This was not a typical backpacking or camping trip—there is no real time spent in camp, per say. You’re not sitting around and roasting marshmallows and singing songs. You eat for functional purposes—not for the experience of eating. At the end of the day, all you want to do is set up camp and get to sleep so you wake up and do it all over again. So bringing books, Kindles, or other luxury/recreational items that have nothing to do with survival or with walking very clearly becomes superfluous.”





31C3 Packing List

I'm headed to Hamburg, Germany for the 31st Chaos Communications Congress, a week filled with hacking, geekery and strange German food. Thought I would make a post detailing the kit I am bringing with me since I have never done one before.

I was going to bring either my Kifaru Express or the E&E for this trip but I decided to get a new pack. The Express is way too big for the short time I'm away for and I have had issues getting it into a plane overhead locker. The E&E is just a bit too small to fit everything I want to take with me.

Enter the Goruck GR0. Plenty of room to fit what I need yet not unwieldy.

  • Clothes in a Kifaru extra large pullout (2 pairs boxer shorts, 2 pairs socks, 2 tshirts, 1 pair sleeping boxers, merino wool thermal top
  • 1.2 litre (40oz) Klean Kanteen
  • Map of Hamburg
  • Notebook, Sharpie and passport
  • book
  • USB battery, mini and micro USB cables
  • Laptop and charger with EU plug (UK one in the photo)
  • Kindle (not shown)
  • Spork
  • Self aid kit
  • Towel, hygiene stuff and tissues

On me:

  • Tshirt, socks, boxers, trousers, hoodie, boots, hat
  • Pen, wallet, phone

Only 2 changes of clothes for a week? Won't you smell? No. The plan is to wash the stuff I wore each day in the shower at the end of the day. Gives me 2 days for everything to dry which is easily doable. Rotate as I go. Trousers can go for a week without being washed though if they get dirty I can wash them and they will be dry in the morning. Gotta love synthetics.

Total pack weight: 10kg. Pack light, go fast.





2014 is the year of vagabonding

Lots of travelling going on this year. First up, I'm camping in Galloway forest for a week in May. Then in August I'm headed to Illinois to meet up with some folks to head down to Indiana for Gencon. The week after that is Electromagnetic Field 2014. Then if I can get the time off from work, I will be going to the next Chaos Communications Congress in Germany.

Good times.




Off to New Mexico

Agent Coulson: "I’ve been reassigned; director Fury wants me in New Mexico"
Tony Stark: "Fantastic, land of enchantment"
AC: "That’s what I am told"
TS: "Secret stuff?"
AC: "Something like that"
--Iron Man 2