I am new to touring. I've completed three local overnights to test gear. So far, I have loved the entire experience. This site has been extremely helpful in preparing. Now I must return to the fount for more information.
Campfires are an important part of sleeping outside for me. Do most of you usually have fires? Do you carry an axe or saw with you, or just use fallen branches?
Now this is related in an odd way. If you're not in a campground, what do you do about the number two? Where do you drop off the kids at the pool? Drop the deuce? Etc, etc. I was reading about someone who hiked the breadth of the US and he claimed he always buried his personal waste. I notice the Appalachian Trail requires 4-6" minimum. If you do this, do you drag along digging tools? An axe/shovel combo?
I'm not an ultralight tourer yet, but as an ex-roadie I'm weight conscious.
Thanks in advance