I haven’t written a blog post for over a week because I haven’t been hiking. I’ve moved and downsized from a house to an apartment.
No more garage or extra rooms. No laundry room with a large sink where I can rinse my boots.
Where do I put all my hiking and camping stuff?
The minimalist websites that I’ve read don’t discuss hiking gear.
I’ve paired down my outdoor stuff as much as I’m willing to.
I’m down to one daypack, one trekking pack and one backpack. No more extra packs or water bottles for guests. They’re going to have to bring their own gear.
I kept a tiny stove and got rid of the leaky tent that I’ve had since Lenny and I backpacked the A.T. A sleeping bag and waffle pad take up most of the room on the closet floor. My two pairs of hiking boots (high tops and low tops) are on a floormat in another closet. The hiking poles hang from a hook like ornaments.
But all the tiny house gurus don’t say the obvious. If you get rid of equipment that takes up space, you’re giving up the activity as well.
I’m not ready to give up camping with Carolina Mountain Club or with my grandkids. The latter requires three sleeping bags, three pads and a large three-person tent. Plus a cooler, a pot and water kettle…
For the first time, I’ve rented a 5 foot by 5 foot storage unit, the smallest available. The camping stuff didn’t even cover the floor. Now a storage unit is a very dangerous thing to have. Once you have one, you can keep putting other stuff in it. So far, I’m resisting the temptation.
I’m no longer saving my hiking uniform just for hiking.
I’ll wear my shorts and white polyester shirt, separately and together, whenever it makes sense. I’ve also been reading about developing an everyday clothing uniform, like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have. Same clothes every day – maybe in different colors.
I wore the same clothes on the Camino de Santiago for weeks, and no one cared.
So why not at home?
Another lesson from the Camino.