When I returned, I was so used to sleeping on my air pad and sleeping bag, I considered putting off buying a real bed (and as a result ended up buying the cheapest and HARDEST thing they had, NEVER go bed shopping after weeks of sleeping on the ground). This weekend, I definitely started feeling my age/softness during our campout as I wistfully walked past the RVs and may have briefly longed for an air mattress (one of the 7 deadly sins of camping, as declared by me). Gone are the days of me not considering car camping "real camping". Gone is my desire to take D backpacking for a week. I think I am going to let my mountainwoman title go by the wayside.
In this vein, I am going to post my wishlist for some new camping gear:
Okay, so these aren't really camping gear, they're just cute new Merrells that I want really bad.
A new, brighter Petzl headlamp. They've made big advances in headlamp technology since I bought mine.
I think it's time to trade in my backpacking weight air pad for this Thermarest Basecamp (size long). I got one for D a few years ago and he loves it. It's too heavy for backpacking but time to trade up.
A Coleman propane lantern, where I can interchange the propane tanks for our camping stove with the lantern tanks. I also want the matching carrying case.