"Ur-lord, for the sake of us all -- for the sake of the Land -- you must not wear your boots."
|-- Lord Foul's Bane|
Poor Thomas Covenant didn't ask to come to
the Land, and he wasn't dressed or equipped
appropriately -- other than a tough pair of
hiking boots. Being an avid list-maker and
hiker (I'll be hitting a mountain here on
O'ahu later today) I've often wondered what
handy items Thomas could've brought to the
Land. I can vouch for the usefulness of
most of the stuff below and am working on
acquiring the items I don't already have.
To prevent Thomas from becoming fatigued I'd try to keep pack weight to less than 30 pounds. Sadly, there are many considerations that would have precluded Thomas from bringing an optimal hiking assembly, including the fact that many items listed below weren't available in the 1980s. Of course I'd want to supply him with a GPS device and cell phone but they wouldn't have worked in the Land. Other things like the magnetic compass and Suunto watch might or might not work reliably depending on the alternate Earth's physical characteristics.
Camelback Peak Bagger backpack
(loose items would be in Ziploc pouches)