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Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gear porn
Tom Smith

These people make very good gear.  Packs apparently on sale, but still pricey.  If you buy one and get to use it I'm jealous and I hate you.

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Excellent gear, for certain. As for being gear geeks - this site has unbelievable deals (http://www.theclymb.com); but you have to register for their email blasts to benefit.

Posted by: matt | May 11, 2010 12:37:27 PM

I admit to being completely baffled by the whole hi-tech wilderness thing. I can understand the concept of "getting back to nature" (at an intellectual level, at least--as a matter of taste, it doesn't appeal to me at all). But once you're willing to accept the assistance of expensive, sophisticated modern technology to improve the comfort of your nature-immersion experience, then why not just rent a nice cottage in some picturesque setting, and be done with it?

Posted by: Dan Simon | May 11, 2010 6:06:03 PM

Everybody has different reasons. I like the fact that you can get to remote and beautiful places you could not get to, at least not without a lot more discomfort and effort, without the help of good gear. Also, good gear absolutely can save your life. On my one and only major climbing trip, my guide got drunk at a cafe one night and he talked for 15 minutes about his -- girlfriend? politics? No, his stove. It had saved his life more than once in Alaska. Little things like whether a stove with light at -50F or a zipper will zip can be the difference between life and death. Another big thing is weight. Not so much me, but real old timers become obsessed with weight because it really is torture to carry weight uphill over and over again. You get to the point where you would do almost anything rather than bear additional weight. You hear people say things like, water is heavy; thirst is light. And some of it is just technophilia. Things that function really well and are great technology are just cool in their own right.

Posted by: Tom Smith | May 12, 2010 5:50:14 AM

thank you for your post!

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