Originally Posted by Beamer Pilot
Do I detect some military training ???
No, I have zero military training (they wouldn't take me).
I do have a lot (as in years) of background in solo sports such as backpacking, back-country skiing, scuba diving, bicycling, and motorcycling. It seems I kept getting into activies that others didn't do in my area so I just learned to do it myself. Through these different activities I've collected a lot of good gear and experience with an ultralight / minimalist approach (to somethings). Then I find room for back-up items and contingencies in case things don't go my way.
I do spend a fair amount of time reading other's tales and woes on this forum and in books and I "take" notes (mentally). Learning from others helps.
I guess, to be fair, I also have the means to afford the best gear I can find - which helps with the compact setup.