|Afraid of getting lost and having ravens eat your corpse? These people pack plenty of maps, compasses, and GPS units.|
Some people are afraid of cold, so they pack many layers. Others fear running out of food, or water, so they compensate by loading themselves down. Still others worry about having the right stuff, so they bring items that will cover every possible situation. Some panic about wild animals or wild people, so they bring guns. Some fear the loss of being connected, so they pack phones, Ipads, and SPOTs.
My fears have changed over the years. In Alaska, it was getting rain-soaked, because once you were it was a fight for survival. In my kayak I packed an assortment of types of rain gear: light breathable to full-on rubber. In contrast, my work partner wore a big old wool sweater and shrugged off the downpour.
|A rare sunny day below Mount Ada, but you can bet I'm packing rain gear.|
For a long time, the Great Starvation Trip of 1995 haunted me and I packed more food than a person could possibly ever eat. Years of bringing the same tuna and cereal home uneaten finally convinced me that I would survive with less.
Same with being cold. Even though I am colder than most people I don't seem to pack for it. It doesn't escalate to a fear (though maybe it should).
|There's always fire (where the environment can handle it)|
What fear do you carry?
|I'm scared I'm going to give in and get this puppy and my husband will kill me. Look at the ears. So adorable.|