Not many others sharing, so here are my bits
This is my camping gear, first and foremost. It comes out to play mostly on Appalachian trail hiking trips in Mass-NH-Maine, but I've also used it in
the Rockies, the Bear Tooth Range in Montana, NorCal, Yellowstone and in the Olympics in Washington State. I use this gear, it's been tested an
re-tested. I camp with it, hike with it and hunt with it. A lot of junk I used to carry has been discarded. I have a closet full of discarded gear
taht didn't make the grade. What you see is my most current setup. This will also likely change in time as gear is added and subtracted. Our kits are
ever-evolving in an effort to find that elusive "sweet spot" of weight, comfort and function
In a pinch this will be used as my BOB. Thank goodness I haven't had to use it in that role yet. However, I sleep better at night knowing it is there
if I ever need to get out of dodge. You're not fooling anybody if you think a BOB situation cannot happen to you. It most certainly could.
This is my fully loaded pack including food and water, it's a Mystery Ranch Crew Cab. It weighs just under 30 pounds loaded. I am very conscience of
the weight I carry. It could easily carry the kitchen sink in this pack if I wanted to. I don't want to do that
Weight is the enemy. Water alone
weighs 8 pounds per gallon.
Knife is a Spyderco Paramilitary, Watch is a Casio Pathfinder Titanium -Alt-Bar-Comp, GPS is an E-Trex Vista that I've had forever. Odometer has 60k
miles on it
Light is a cheapo-but-awesome Black Diamond Gizmo.
Yep, there is a tent and sleeping bag stuffed in there. I use a Big Agnes Super-light 2 two person tent and a Sierra Designs 15 degree sleeping
For clothing I use lots of layers. Wool socks, Asolo Fugitive boots, Under-Armor thermal top and bottoms, Mountain hardwear shell pants, Patagonia
Down jacket and Lowe Alpine outer shell jacket. Extra wool socks and an additional pair of USGI thermals, top and bottoms. It's all packed in there
sans the boots.
Here is the guts. For Water I use an Osprey 3 liter bladder and an MSR mini-works filter. I also carry purification tablets but I hate them! Emergency
use only! In my experience the purification tablets have a dehydrating effect. Not to mention the yuck factor! For food/cooking I use a Snow Peak GIGA
stove + 2 fuel cannisters (the giga is in the tiny white case), and a Snow Peak Titanium pot (fuel stores in the pot). I carry candy bars, several
Annie's mac+cheeses, sardines, yummy instant oatmeals, rice, hot choc. mix, fruit drink mix + lemonade mix. Small fishing kit. First aid kit with
antibiotics, anti bacterial and nuke pills (yep, just in case). Small multi tool, fire stuff, paracord forever, batteries, toilet paper, zip ties,
emergency blanket, electrical tape...
I like to think this is pretty minimalist while being effective when all you can depend on is what you've got on your back. 30 pounds is pretty damn
good IMO. A lot of this stuff is big money because I like nice things
but anyone could purchase basically the same kit on the cheap if they wanted
to. Thanks for looking, maybe this will help somebody out with their kit.
edit on 26-12-2012 by METACOMET because: edit pics