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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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    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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    Unread 01-08-2017, 07:58 AM
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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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