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Unread 01-04-2017, 04:59 PM
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Let's see a list of "What's In Your Backpack"

I have been refining my own list of backpacking stuff lately and I'll be posting a full list later this winter.

But let's see your own list now.

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Unread 01-07-2017, 06:50 PM
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Re: Let's see a list of "What's In Your Backpack"

This is my list for Elk/Deer hunting in the Colorado and Utah mountains.

I backpack hunt. Solo. Drive deep into the mountains in my Land Cruiser, then hike back into places that are not close to ATV trails or roads. Typically hunt at least 3 miles from the nearest motor-accessible road; 5+ miles if possible. I sleep where I hunt, and generally don't return to the truck until I'm done. Out 5+ days at a time. Hunt rifle season and late rifle season, so weather can be cold and snowy.


Clothing:
Julbo Venturi sunglasses with Zebra light lenses
Merino boxer briefs x2
Pants: Firstlite Kanab (warm weather), or Sitka Timberline pants (cold weather).
Midweight base layer long john bottoms (MEC grid fleece)
Orange Icebreaker merino wool t-shirt (warm weather) or orange Patagonia Merino Air hoodie base layer(cold weather)
Orange Patagonia Nano Air light hoodie
Orange Outdoor Research Perch insulated jacket
Orange Patagonia M10 Anorak
Marmot Precip size zip rain pants
Orange Cashmere Watch Hat (Golightly Cashmere)
Orange Buff
Orange Cap (LL Bean Technical Upland Cap)
Patagonia Expedition wool socks x2
Dachstein fingerless wool mittens with fold-over cap
Arcteryx Alpha SV gloves
Danner Marine RAT GTEX boots with Sole Viesturs insoles.
Mammut mid height gaiters (if snow is anticipated)
Mountain Hardwear "Compressor" insulated zip-off pants (if bitter cold is anticipated.)

Shelter and Sleeping Gear
Six Moons Designs Gatewood Cape tarp/poncho with tent stakes
Plastic groundsheet (also used for meat processing)
X-Therm inflatable pad
Klymit Cush inflatable pillow (also used for rear bag for shooting)
Marmot Helium (15 degree) sleeping bag with water-resistant shell fabric

Cooking and Water
MSR Reactor stove with 1 liter pot and small gas canister
MSR 2.5 liter Hydromedary water bag
Chlorine Dioxide Water purification tablets
Sawyer squeeze water filter
Sea to Summit anodized aluminum spoon with long handle
Titanium cup
Gallon ziplock freezer bag for trash.
Critter proof food bag (Ursack Minor)

Backpack and Trekking Poles
Leki Speedlock Carbon Ti trekking poles with photo adapter
McHale Super INEX Pack modified for hunting
Kifaru Gunbearer

Personal Gear
Paracord survival bracelet
3 Lighters
Hinderer XM-24 folding knife
SOG knife sharpener
Petzl Zipka Plus 2 headlamp with red L.E.D.
Diaper wipes (or toilet paper for cold weather)
Hand sanitizer
Map
Compass
First Aid Kit
Sun screen

Camera and Electronics
Ricoh GR Camera
Suunto Ambit 2 Watch
Delorme InReach
Android phone (Galaxy S7 Edge) with Backcountry Navigator GPS app, and Strelok Pro ballistics app
Spare battery for phone + USB cord

Shooting Gear
R Bros Rifle, Kahles 624i scope, Neopod bipod, cheek pad with storage pocket, and Slogan sling.
Soundgear earplugs
Traditions muzzle protector gun condom
Impact Data Books wrist dope card and space pen
Field notebook
Ammunition carrier and 7 rounds of ammunition
Leica HD-B 2200 Binoculars (range finding, with ballistics program)
Kestrel 4500
Lens wipes
Gun lubricant
Bore Snake
TAG Game bags
2 trash compactor bags
Latex gloves
Hunting Tags

Food
Dutch waffles
Pepperoni
Biltong
Hot cider mixes
Maple Almond Butter
Bridgeford French Toast sandwiches
Mountain House Freeze Dried dinners
Heather’s choice packeroons
Costco chocolate coconut almonds
Cashews


In the Car
Cooler and ice
5 gallon water jug
Extra socks
Crocs shoes
Extra gloves
Phone charger
Extra battery for phone


Truck Tools and Recovery
Bushranger jack
Recovery bag with winch, straps, and hardware
Tool bag with tools
MaxTrax
ARB Air compressor
Axe and saw
Tire chains
Black Diamond backcountry snow shovel

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Unread 01-07-2017, 07:45 PM
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Re: Let's see a list of "What's In Your Backpack"

Fabulous list, thanks.
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Unread 01-07-2017, 08:15 PM
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Re: Let's see a list of "What's In Your Backpack"

Snake,
Any idea what your pack weighs? I've got a 10-day fly-in moose hunt in AK this fall and have a 90lbs limit.

Hunted elk in CO before, but used mules, so weight was not a huge issue.

Awesome detailed list. Thank you.
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Unread 01-07-2017, 11:15 PM
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Re: Let's see a list of "What's In Your Backpack"

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Snake,
Any idea what your pack weighs? I've got a 10-day fly-in moose hunt in AK this fall and have a 90lbs limit.

Hunted elk in CO before, but used mules, so weight was not a huge issue.

Awesome detailed list. Thank you.
Weight is between 35-40 pounds, including food and water, and the warm clothing, but not including the rifle.
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Re: Let's see a list of "What's In Your Backpack"

Great list!.. Surprised at the low weight...
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Unread 01-08-2017, 04:09 PM
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Re: Let's see a list of "What's In Your Backpack"

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Great list!.. Surprised at the low weight...
Lots of items on the list, but it's pretty light weight, particularly the camping items.

The "tent" is 12 ounces; the sleeping bag is 2 pounds; the stove is a pound; the sleeping pad is a pound. The clothing is light weight mountaineering type clothing. At one point, I had a spreadsheet with the weights of just about everything on it, but I haven't updated it in a while. If I can find and update it, I can post the weights of everything on the list.

The camping gear is taken from my ultralight backpacking list (other than the stove; I use a heavier butane/propane stove for hunting instead of my normal wood/alcohol burning ultralight backpacking stove because I don't like making wood smoke when I'm hunting.)

The only heavy stuff on the list is the food, water, and the hunting specific stuff, and even there, I've tried to lighten the load as much as possible.

Pretty much every item on the list, I have agonized over a lot, trying to figure out if there is a lighter option; and trying to figure out if I really need it.

This load is actually really heavy compared with my non-hunting backpacking trips, where I'm typically carrying less than 20 pounds.

I was comparing this list to my backpacking list, and I realized I had left off a toothbrush and toothpaste. I do take both on hunting trips. I use a sample size tube of Tom's toothpaste. (I use Tom's because it's mild enough that I don't have to use any water to rinse my mouth when I brush, so this conserves water.)
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