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this references Bill S and "camping 101", and FAQs about camping, but is more generic:
When I say Chaos I am refering to the mathematical expression: While we may suggest one particular combination of gear that we think works well together as a system, we must also recognise that there are an infinite number of such combinations, some of which will work better than others, but how well any particular set works depends on the user, not the designer.
One of the things I have been struck with after a couple years of intense posting on the Ultra light net, is that every real expert has a different way of doing things based on his or her experience, and everyone likes different gear. Some very experienced people may love one piece of gear while other equally experienced old grey bearded ones may hate that piece of gear or think a particular "set of gear" isn't correct, while it could work perfectly for someone else with the experience to use it.
Also the responses to a mega post I wrote indicated that real experts are pretty much safe regardless of what they carry or leave at home, whereas less experienced persons could carry everything but the kitchen sink and still perish.
The ten essentials. As I have said - I only carry about 5 of them and don't feel any loss. Just having a BIC doesn't insure that you'll have a warming fire. Do I have over forty years of backcountry experience - yes - does that make a difference - you betcha. The point is - everyone will make decisions about what they need to have to feel comfortable. My camping buddy needs a fresh change of clothes for each day - halter tops and other clothes, a bottle of wine per day, her hair brush and whatever she needs to look beautiful, a large towel and her bikini, not to mention all fresh gourmet food. The point being that she "needs" this stuff for her camping style.
As for taking Bill S input at face value - he told me I didn't need spiked boots for orienteering and I slipped and broke my leg at my first and only meet. Now that was a chaotic incident... brings up the whole concept of Judgement, 11 years ago Nov 23 BTW. Of course I'm teasing Bill S, but the fact remains that anybody who sleeps in eddie bauer karakoram bags sort of has an "old" perspective...