For those people that back pack into remote areas I was wondering if you set up a semi permanent base camp or do you pack everything in and out each time you hunt? We are privileged to be able to deer hunt 12 months of the year so I tend to set up a base camp in a remote valley somewhere and pack in and out for about 8 months of the year. The rest of the year the Stags have no antlers and it is too hot anyway. These base camps are set up about 5km away from the vehicle with a steep climb down into the hunting area. I pick a spot with plenty of clean water and heaps of deer. My base camp tent will be left set up for about 8 months and all gear is stored inside the tent or up hollow logs. Each time I hike into the camp I take fresh food and a few extras. It is amazing how much gear you can collect in the base camp over this period of time. Chairs, stretchers, cooking gear, tarps etc. A real home away from home. From the base camp I will do overnight trips further into the wilderness and for this I take a one man fly tent which I set up on a ridge with a good view of the valley, a lot of game is see this way. After 8 months I pull down the tent and stow all the gear in a secure location for the next year. Some times it is still there next year and other times summer fires burn it all up and you have to start all over again.