Mar 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm #1314174
Matt DirksenBPL Member
@namelesswayLocale: Mid Atlantic
Just wondering from those that have recently gone.
Was there something you "wished" you had with you, the last time you were at Philmont?
Binoculars? A chair? Something like that?Mar 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm #2080915
Tony RoncoBPL Member
We went last summer (Aug)when it was raining a lot … This may seem unusual, but I wish I took my umbrella with me – it would have provided much better ventilation options than the hood of my rain shell.
I also could have made good use have having a portable "rain shadow" from on & off precipitation we encountered.
I left it behind because of the weight … doh!
YMMVMar 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm #2080934
John MyersBPL Member
@dallasLocale: North Texas
I can't think of anything I whish I had taken. My 2 luxuries are a Slinglight chair and Golite mylar umbrella. I can say for sure that if I didn't take them, I would have wished I had. I use both of those a lot, and am always glad to have them.
I got a lot of grief from my crew for having a chair and hiking with my umbrella for shade, but our last trek had a lot mileage in the northern burn area with no shade at all. So I used it a lot.
I'm old and have come to the point where I'm going to do it the way I want to no matter what anyone says. And I do like sitting in a comfortable chair and hiking in the shade. :)Mar 9, 2014 at 5:18 pm #2081197
Not a single thing, and my gear weighed all of 8 lbs. 12 with a generous 4 lb share of crew gear.Mar 9, 2014 at 5:40 pm #2081204
When we go back this year, I'm going to lighten up in a number of ways, but I'll gladly spend a couple of ounces for a little closed cell foamy kneeling pad (like from the garden department). While we were always able to find a nice place to sit and socialize, on some days, a little bit of seat cushion would be a small slice of heaven. I chided one of my overpacked advisors on his pad last time around, but came to realize that it would have been a worthwhile addition.
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Joseph JacarusoBPL Member
Would you mind sharing your gear list?Nov 20, 2014 at 10:52 am #2150747
Gerry B.BPL Member
@taedawoodLocale: Louisiana, USA
When I last went to Philmont, at the last minute I threw in an old (1926) hardcover copy of Dickens' "Great Expectations". I was so glad I had it. Hiking with a group of young adults (the other adult just 21 years old) I quickly grew tired of adolescent company and embraced some wonderful reading. If I go again in 2016, I will gladly take the extra pound or less for a book or kindle.
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