I thought I was alone.
Many years ago I first dipped my toes into the delicious pool of lightweight backpacking.
I was a student on a low budget and tried various inexpensive ways of shedding packweight. My peers thought I was a weirdo and I gradually let go of most of my lightweight principles. Until last year.
Somehow I stumbled upon some interesting websites, and imagine my delight when I discovered that there were indeed more scandinavians "doing the light-thing" aka the Nordic Lightpacking guys (no gals yet?). I have since been a avid follower of Hendrik, Nielsen Brown, Jörgen, Mark, Dave, Gustav, Thomas and many more. And then there is Joe. Heck, we even live in the same town (beautiful Bergen on the westcoast of Norway).
For some time I have been lurking in the shadows, just reading what this fellow was up to. I guess any familyman can attest to there not being enough hours in a day to cover everything you wish to do."Life is a box full of compromises, you never know which way you really want to go". (slightly adapted Forrest Gump citation). My focus was work and family.
Today we finally got to meet in person and go for a walk in our backyard. We decided on a walk across the mountain platou near our homecity, Over Vidden
And a fine walk it was. Up in the mountains there is winter, down in the city it is almost springlike. It was good to finally be in the right place at the right time. Joe was excellent company and it is clear that we share many of the same values. Looking forward to sharing more trips with him in the future.
Hooray! I`m not alone!