So, I have gathered together most of my gear and packed up my pack. It is a little heavier than I want it to be, but I'm not sure how much lighter I can make it.

Gear List:
2 short sleeved polyester shirts
2 long sleeved polyester shirts
2 pairs convertible pants
3 pairs of quick-dry sports socks
1 pair long underwear
3 pairs underwear
1 fleece
1 Montane Featherlite smock
1 pair lightweight gloves
1 Montbell Silk Sleeping Sack
1 Lightweight sleeping bag
2 Bandanas
1 microfibre towel

Katadyn Pocket Filter
Leatherman Pocket Tool
Small Swiss Army Knife
Compact Sewing Kit
First Aid Kit
Zip Ties
2 1L Platypus water "bottles"
1 mini Maglite

Nikon D70 with lens, battery charger
60GB iPod with charger, camera adapter
Moleskine Notebooks

That's pretty much it. Am I missing anything? Is there anything I should leave behind? I'm actually kind of tempted to sell the D70 and buy a more compact digital camera. That would save a good amount of space in my pack and a good bit of weight. However, I like the control that this camera offers and I don't think I can get that from a standard compact camera.

Incidently, my pack is only 35L.

So, that leaves getting started. My current thought is still to try to cross Russia via the Trans-Siberian Express, however that may prove to be a bit too difficult or complicated. However, if that doesn't work out, I have found rather cheap flights from Tokyo to either Frankfurt or London, so I have a fairly easy back-up if Russia doesn't work out.

Anyway, I will post again when I decide...




I'm about to (try to) backpack around the world. I am currently in Japan, where I have been living for nearly 5 years, and I should be leaving within the next month or so. I still have a good amount of preparation and planning to do, at least about how I start my journey, but for now I am setting up this blog give everyone I know, and anyone else who is interested, a way to keep track of my progress. After I get out on the road, I will log in and post at least my location and status whenever possible, though there may be long stretches with no internet connections.

Feel free to post advice, comments, offers for places to sleep, or just to tell me how stupid you think I am.

More details will follow soon. The rest of this post is in Japanese for my friends who can't read English.

Location: <- 場所
Status: <-調子(元気とか風邪とか生きてるなど)