I’ve thought of getting an ebook reader, and I may still try one out in the future, but for now I just can’t seem to justify another piece of technology when I have a laptop AND a smartphone that already do the same thing! 🙂 Maybe if I get rid of my smartphone I can get an ebook reader.
About the hiking in Nepal: We didn’t go high enough to where there was snow… the highest we went was about 3100m (10,000ft) and the coldest it got was around 10C (50F). We slept in guest houses where they had blankets, so I didn’t need a sleeping bag (it was off-season also, so the guest houses weren’t busy and they had extra blankets). As for the flashlight, I always carry a headlamp with me (its in the Survival Kit on my possessions list).