The most underrated piece of gear?
That would be the thing between your ears…your brain.
I spent all day today musing over Andrew Skurka’s GearJunkie interview and it led me to wonder on how many hours have I spent on GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) vs working on the piece of gear that matters most — my brain. If I’m honest and quantify the time I’ve spent on both these pursuits it would seem Pareto was right. With 80% time spent on drooling, writing about and acquiring new and shiny gear – Mea Culpa.
In a way writing about gear is a typical outdoor blogger’s Catch 22 situation. Readers love to read about gear and it drives us, bloggers, to write more about gear. Look at youtube – the views for unboxing videos far outnumber the ones on skill-building.
Thankfully on inditramp, the situation is different. We have over 57 Opinion and Tip articles for a measly 13 gear review articles. So unless otherwise baited I propose we keep the status quo and spend more of inditramp’s efforts on this less glamorous yet more important aspect of trekking – namely outdoor skill-building starting with one video or post a week that covers one of these important skills (in no particular order)
- Fire starting
- Reading contour maps
This project will give me a chance to work and improve my outdoor skills and give YOU – the reader a dense summary without having to spend time researching these topics in depth. Let me know what you think of this direction I am proposing to take in the comments below?