Originally Posted by jmden
HellsCanyon, would you mind giving us a few of your equipment choices and why? Always trying to learn a few tips...
I'm not a gear expert by any means, but I know what works for me and I think I'm pretty sufficient with my gear choices...
First Aide: P-chord, superglue, and duct tape plus a few hydrocodone's left from a shoulder surgery... I see a lot of guys pack in more than a lb of first aide supplies, when for me, if I can't get it done with this stuff, then I'm probably screwed anyways... wouldn't be a bad idea to have a quick-clot packet though as well.
Sleeping system: Marmot Sawtooth 15* down bag (has served me well for a few years, but I'd like to upgrade soon)
Thermarest sleeping pad (not sure which model, its an older inflatable one that weighs just over 1 lb. Still going strong but could use an upgrade if going more often late season).
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2. Borrowed for this years hunt, and while I like it, I think that I'll be going to modular system where I can have a stove and removable nest. Thinking about a Megatarp from Kifaru or going with a small tipi. I really like the pro's of floorless, but HATE not being sealed off from bugs. Have also debated running a complete floorless with a lightweight Event bivy, good R-value sleeping pad and a high quality down quilt. Haven't decided what I want to do for next year yet!
Pack: Kifaru Timberline 1 ~ 5 lbs 9 oz and compresses down for day pack use, and can haul more than I ever want to carry.
Cooking: Titanium pan, MSR Pocket-rocket stove
Clothes (I think this is where most people can cut a LOT of weight if they are smart...): Merino wool base layers (I have First Lite), Core4 Element pants, Kuiu gaitors, Russel "tundra" pulloverk, Kuiu Spindrift, Core4 Element Jacket, small packable rain poncho. I wear these same clothes every day. The merino keeps the stink down and I'm good to 30* pretty easily. Also have merino beanie and a cheap pair of gloves. Would like to swap out the C4 jacket with a Kuiu Chugach and drop the poncho this next year. I really like wearing that Spindrift for an outer layer if no precipitation and it dries really quick! That softshell is kind of pointless if in heavy winds or really wet conditions. The Chugach could double duty...
Boots: Hanwag Dakota's
Socks: Any type that are mainly merino wool. I like Lorpen and Smartwool. 2-3 pairs (if water is plentiful, take 2 and rinse the 2nd pair in their "off" day).
Water filter: Katydin hiker pro. Would like to swap to a Sawyer squeeze filter though to save a few ounces.
Rifle: 280 Ackley, HS PSS stock (HEAVY-39 ounces!), M24 contoured heavy fluted barrel (HEAVY), Seekins large brake, factory 700 LA, bottom metal and trigger, Viper PST FFP 6-24 scope. (this whole setup weighs just under 12 lbs without a bipod. Next year I should be toting an 8 lb rifle...
Food: I try to take food that allows me to only have to cook dinner. Taking along single serving peanut butter's, cliff bars, granola bars, fruit bars, dried mangos, snickers, tuna packets w/ triscuits for lunch, and a mountain house type dinner allows me to be up and rolling early in the morning. This year's Sept hunt I had around 2500 calories per day and less than 1.5 lbs of food per day. I could do that for about 3 days but after that I need more calories per day. I would like to shoot for around 3500 calories per day depending on duration and weather... Just remember to try and shoot for around 100 calories per ounce if looking at snack bars or snack food...etc Only exception I'll make here is for the fruit bars as they have more vitamins than others and they are pretty important!
Thats about all I can think of off the top of my head.