This was originally posted on Minimal, but it is relevant also here. The less we carry, the happier we are, the faster we go.
I’m a geek. I’m a computer security consultant and system developer. I’m also a climber: rock, ice and big picks.
I believe in Alpine Style as I wrote previously here, here, here and here. Alpine style allows me to climb light and fast relying less on the equipment and more on my ability to read terrain and deal with it. I also believe that the same principles can be applied to daily life things, such traveling light, making your house minimal and generally simplifying everything you do to the point that you are efficient in doing it and you don’t waste money on unnecessary things and energy on things you can do in a better way.
I’m always in search of being lighter and more efficient. In doing this I noticed a trend on the clothing I own: through the years they gradually became lighter, simpler and can adapt to any occasion. I own less clothing.
Because my clothing is very simple, I also noticed that I go lighter wherever I go.
Take the Houdini Jacket made by Patagonia for example
This jacket is super light, you can fold the entire jacket into its own chest pocket and its size gets reduced to the size of a tennis ball. The jacket has ONLY one pocket: the pocket you use to stow the jacket.
I wear this jacket a lot because I can carry it everywhere, it provides wind, snow and light rain resistance and it’s very breathable. The black also look good so I can go to dinner in a nice restaurant. But because it doesn’t have pockets it forced me to think about the things I want to carry with me. So now I am down to my wallet (a slim wallet on my front pants pocket), the house and car keys (on a minimal, super light keyring) and my cellphone.
What’s the point of all this? Well, in simplifying my clothing I also ended up simplifying what I carry. To me that’s a nice accomplishment.
Anyway, this winter stay safe, climb strong and be smart.