to update everyone: Bill and I are going backpacking in three weeks. I have been thinking and writing about primitive "IshI" camping - named after the famous last member of some obscure Califonia Indian tribe, for some time. Bill and I both have extensive "low tech camping" backgrounds that even includes axemanship - whoooooahhhh.
Bill has even slept in a canvas puptent... (;->)
So Bill S,
I think we should show these youngsters what a pair of grey beards can do. As I said - we don't have real buffalo skins but we have feather coats and feather blankets. The idea here is to work out a primitive gear list like - feather coat, inflatable buffalo skin rug sleeping pad, feather blanket, boda bag, obsidian knife, fire bow or fire by spark only,but leave out the water filter, flashlight, lighter, Infrared scope, and clean clothes.
How light can we do this for a weekend in September in the Sierras when it could rain or snow? We might need the gortex shelled feather coats and waterproof buffalo skins.
Oh yes they are frowning on campfires this year in the Sierras, we may have to eat nuts and berries.