Sometimes it’s the none outdoors related stuff that gets me thinking about the outdoors, if that makes sense.
Take this post by the photographer Chase Jarvis “FOR THE LOVE OF PHOTOGRAPHY”. In it he talks about how a lot of photographers seem to get lost in talking about the gear that they use and asks “But where is your love of pictures?” and then goes on to ask some questions that challenge his fellow photographers to prove that they still “love” taking photos.
This got me thinking photographers are not the only ones that love talking gear, gadgets etc. We too in the outdoors world are very much guilty of this. Whenever we bump into fellow hikers,backpackers etc the conversation very quickly turns to gear talk.
Now I’m as guilty as the next person of this gear talk fever. I think the stove addiction is testament to it. But I am aware of it on this blog, and try and balance the gear and gadget talk out with other hopefully interesting stuff. I may not be successful in you the readers eyes but I try, or is that I’m trying?
Either way sometimes I feel we spend too much time pondering the merits of gear, obsessing about grams and arguing the toss over to go lightweight or not with others. When we should be looking at maps and planning our next trip or looking at what we have locally and getting out to enjoy that.
It’s the outdoors we love, the gear is just that gear. When we look back it’s the views and the experience we remember most. Sometimes I think we are in danger of forgetting that, and we need to remind ourselves from time to time.