Martin's idea of Boy Scouts was backpacking and high adventure. He searched out a Troop that seemed to offer that type program. I said seemed because later I was told that backpacking was brand new to this Troop.
Being a firefighter I was taught the "5 P's". They are "prior planning prevents poor performance". So Martin and I headed for a small local park to test out our gear. What I remember about that trip was coming home worn out from the few hundred yards we walked to the camp. I told my wife as I dropped my hefty pack on the floor "I don't think this is going to stick".
Well, somehow it did but there have been a lot of changes over the years. While many were gear related, I think the biggest change was with me. More on my journey to lightweight backpacking next time.