We all lead different lives, we all do things differently and we all have different preferences. What a boring world it would be if we were identical clones. Yet when it comes to backpacking, there is a group of people, mercifully small, who believe that things should be done their way and only their way. Whether it’s Paramo (for or against), trail shoes (ditto), meths stoves, tarps, etc., etc. , there are those out there who suggest their preferences are intrinsically superior to the choices of others.
I want to state categorically, that I am not in that camp. I share my preferences and choices with you because they might be helpful in forming your own views. The fact that I prefer mid boots with liners doesn’t mean that I look down on those that chose to use unlined trail shoes. I respect their choice, but I’ve made a different selection for my own reasons.
I’m only writing this because occasionally people think I’m evangelising one way of doing things and that my way is the “right way”. I’m not. I sincerely hope that you don’t come up with the same set of answers to the choices that you face. It’s more fun and more rewarding to come up with your own answers than blindly follow someone else.
I also want to say that I value the comments that people make on this blog. It all adds to the knowledge base and many are helpful. I’m sure that they are helpful to other readers as well. I do try to reply to them if appropriate. Please don’t take offence if I disagree, it’s only a hobby. Thanks for reading.