Merry Christmas and More

DSCN5938I’ve been super busy since getting off the Island and rejoining normal society.  We had to move out here in such a hurry and then we could only take some of our stuff with us on the island, so since we have gotten back I’ve been going through all of our things and stripping it down to just the essentials.  Since this new job of ours has technically rendered us homeless, we have decided to take our penchant for going light one step further.  That’s right, we’re going ultralight in our life!

I started with my clothes.  I’ve gotten everything I own down to one large suitcase and a garment bag and that even includes all my backpacking clothes too!  I now own eight short sleeved shirts, eight long sleeved shirts, eight tank tops, four pair of pants, four pairs of shorts, a couple of hoodies and my backpacking insulation and shells.  Of course that doesn’t include my dress clothes, shoes and accessories but you get the idea.  Our goal is to get everything down to just 3-4 suitcases, our two backpacks and about 8-10 medium boxes of house stuff that will sit in my mom’s storage for our eventual return to normal housing someday.  For all the fun and interesting things that I’m trying out I’ve started a second blog for all my non backpacking activities!

While we are here in Northern Arizona, we are looking forward to getting to try some winter car camping and day hikes.  I’d love to be able to do some backpacking but contrary to popular belief it gets quite cold where we are since we are actually in the High Desert.  It was 20 degrees this morning when I woke up and we don’t have sleeping gear for those temperatures for backpacking, yet.  Even so we are having a lot of fun exploring our new environment, well it’s old to me since I grew up just a few hours south of here in Phoenix, but we’re having fun anyway 🙂

One of the many other things I’m doing is putting together my Backpacking Christmas List.  We all have one and this year I’m pretty excited about some of the stuff that is on mine!

1. Golite Malpais Trinity 3-Layer Liteshell Rain Jacket – Not only is this an amazing 3 layer waterproof breathable rain shell that only comes in around 6oz but Go Lite works really hard to make their products and their production process as environmentally friendly as possible, making this rain shell one that fits all of my wants!

2. Mont Bell Dynamo Wind Pants – These pants are on my list to replace my current Sierra Designs wind pants and it’s not easy to understand why.  This one little purchase will save me over 6 oz alone.

3. Black Rock Down Hat – This one is a no brainer!  As the most favored hat of the Ultralight Community in general this one just had to make it on my list this year.

So what’s one everyone else’s Christmas list?


About Joslyn

My name is Joslyn and I primarily hike with my husband Richard. We live in Northern Arizona with our dog, Jäger and love camping and hiking. We are continuing our adventure in backpacking inn this our second year and as always, striving towards going Ultra Light.

Posted on 07/12/2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Merry Christmas Joslyn, I hope you get that BR hat, I’ve been eyeing one for a couple of years. I just gave myself a couple of new pieces of gear for my B-day, so nothing on my Christmas list.

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