The first six levels of my challenge were piss easy, as expected. I managed to get a full set of Battered Leather armour at Level 5, thanks to me vendoring pretty much everything that dropped. And, if a quest reward had worse stats than what I was using already, I just took the reward that vendored for the most coin.
I still need to learn First Aid and get some extra bags. But they can wait just now.
Anyway, onwards and upwards to level 12!