Jun 12, 2016 at 9:36 am #3408390Jun 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm #3408620Andy ChasséBPL Member
I’ve always liked these photos, so here’s mine for summer in Colorado…Jun 21, 2016 at 7:29 am #3409969Louis GiustoBPL Member
@lgiustoLocale: South East
Here is my setup for short summer trips in the south east.
Clothing worn is not shown.Jun 21, 2016 at 10:29 am #3410001KatttBPL Member
Unless it’s a thread about ” all your gear in a pile” I am not going to post mine.Jun 21, 2016 at 3:55 pm #3410053matthew kModerator
I’ll post a spreadsheet but laying everything out and then climbing up a ladder so I can get a nice shot seems like waaaaaay too much effort. They are fun to look at though!Jun 21, 2016 at 11:21 pm #3410099Kiel SenningerBPL Member
@kiel-sLocale: San Diego
I’ll play. Trip this weekend.
Missing my water bladder. :\Jun 22, 2016 at 7:17 am #3410120Mike MBPL Member
my SUL kit- highlights: Zpacks cuben tarp, MLD Core pack, HG 40 degree quilt, neoair short
advantage of a 5# base weight :)Jun 22, 2016 at 9:02 am #3410133KatttBPL Member
“advantage of a 5# base weight :)”
I don’t know Mike….looking at that bottom picture my guess is it would look the same if you were holding a 30 lb pack there.Jun 22, 2016 at 10:33 am #3410154Mike MBPL Member
^ LOL :)Jun 23, 2016 at 1:20 pm #3410363Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
I haven’t taken pictures of my gear in several years, don’t see the point. However, it hasn’t changed much over the past 5 years, other than different packs used depending on length of trip, how much food and water is needed to be carried.
8 foot long box tent trailer April 2004, San Jacinto Mountains.
14 foot long box tent trailer, June 2006, view of San Jacinto Mountains from Thomas Mountain.
26′ travel trailer. Mojave Desert, May 2014.
4th of July dinner with my lovely wife. Remote camping site in the Sierra Nevada.Jun 23, 2016 at 3:07 pm #3410398Paul MagnantiBPL Member
@paulmagsLocale: Colorado Plateau
I am just glad my wife is not on these forums. Though she is dropping hints about a class B setup at some point. :O
She does not complain about the cuisine in the middle of nowhere Wyoming, however. (New stove..courtesy of Sports Authority going under. Even my wife loves the stove.. One button and it simmers like a champ)Jun 24, 2016 at 3:21 pm #3410584Ryan KBPL Member
Here’s what I took on my last 4-day trip in the Whites. Poles and shoes are missing.Jun 24, 2016 at 6:01 pm #3410604d kBPL Member
What are the purple and charcoal OR things below what looks like a big fuchsia dry bag on the left? and for that matter, what are the purple and charcoal things just below them, in between toe socks and gloves?
I agree, nice presentation! :)Jun 24, 2016 at 8:22 pm #3410624Jun 26, 2016 at 10:47 am #3410854Bob MoulderBPL Member
@bobmny10562Locale: Westchester County, NY
Okay, I was unpacking for the evening yesterday and realized I was that close to qualifying for the spirit of this thread. So I assembled the bits before making camp and here is my resulting photo.
Pack weight with 1L water and food and 3oz alcohol was 10#9oz, so base was a little under 8#, full comfort (even had my ‘heavy’ GSI coffee mug) without even trying. Could’ve left out the green fleece jacket (far left, the only thing I didn’t use) but it made a damn fine cozy for rehydrating my dinner. And I was crazy happy I made the decision to bring the Duplex because although the skeeters were no problem at all during the day, in the evening they were out in droves… collected a few bites before I retired to the tent for the evening.Jul 2, 2016 at 8:17 pm #3411977Jonathon SelfBPL Member
This picture doesn’t have my worn clothes in it (or trekking poles, d’oh), but I finally got around to taking one. This is what I’d more or less bring during Oklahoma summers when I want to be incredibly lazy. No cook. Bivy. Ursack minor. Foam pad. Don’t need any other clothes, because, well, once summer hits the temperature won’t go down at night. I could probably go without the rain jacket.
I’m a pretty lazy backpacker.
I do have a Kumo that I’d probably use, but I traded for the Prodigy in the picture, and it’s probably a squeeze to get it into the Kumo with anything else. Kumo’s probably going to gear swap soon and I’ll have to reconsider my pack options. I think I’ll like the quilt more than I like the pack.Jul 2, 2016 at 9:31 pm #3411985
Jonathon Self, nice external pack!! We should start a club.Jul 2, 2016 at 9:53 pm #3411987Jonathon SelfBPL Member
Bri, thanks! I’m a fan of the external frame packs. You can be far less thoughtful when packing them; you can pretty much just throw everything inside. But, I’m pretty sure mine’s way heavier than yours, though. :) I don’t have the weight in front of me, but I think it’s close to 5 lbs! However, it’s zipperless, it’s only 36 liters (most adult-sized external frame packs are huge), and it has a lifetime warranty. It’s an Alite Hatcher; it’s actually on sale for $100 right now for the holiday weekend.
I’m probably going to take the funds from the Kumo, if I can sell it, and put it towards a non-cuben Ti-Arc. I dislike that the Ti-Arc opens from its back and uses zippers, but it has a lifetime warranty, so I guess if a zipper screws up on me, I have something to fall back on.
With a bivy I could probably get my summer weight down to the 8lb range with a Ti-Arc. Considering that I imagine it can comfortable carry 25-30, that’d give me a lot of weight to play around with. I could probably disappear into the woods for a week easily. I’m hoping to get to the JMT next summer, and a 10-12lb base weight with a bear can sounds pretty amazing.Jul 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm #3411988
Jonathon Self, there’s a non-CF ti-Arc $100 off on eBay right now. Looks brand new!Jul 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm #3411989
Also…my Borah Gear Cuben bivy is 4 oz. exactly. :) just another suggestion. We can start a bivy/external frame pack club!Jul 2, 2016 at 11:06 pm #3411994
John is super helpful and open to modifications. Both of my Borah Gear bivies are modified. I had the OR Helium bivy but it got condensation at the zipper, the hoop didn’t stay up on its own so I ended up bringing along guy line anyway, the inside material felt like my rain gear (very clammy), and it was heavy. So I returned that and looked into Borah Gear. John made me a Snowyside with purple eVent and hot pink silpoly, and cut it to my height and width. Both are very breathable; I’ve had zero condensation issues so far (even while sleeping right next to rivers, lakes, beaches and in high humidity, but I’ve only tested it down to high 30s° and up to 70s°). I stake down that bivy and it stays in place just fine with shepherd’s hooks. the only thing I’d change about it is the Velcro on the netting piece: right now, the rougher side of the Velcro is on the netting and the softer side of the Velcro is on the bivy, so I constantly have to untangle the netting, as it sticks to its own Velcro. I would reverse the sides of the Velcro If I were you (softer side on the netting, rougher side on bivy). I also needed to seam seal mine. No big deal though.
My Cuben bivy is also custom sized smaller, and I got a purple Argon top, no stake loops, and chest zipper only. This is my summer and super minimal/SUL shelter when weather is good. It is water resistant to a point (splash protected?), but I’ll always bring along a tarp if there’s even a chance of rain. Because the head portion of that bivy is all netting, it breathes super well and I don’t get condensation issues. Even in 50s° along a lake with a 0° Cuben quilt in which I ended up sweating a lot and an XTherm pad, I didn’t get any condensation at the foot box. I wouldn’t change anything about it. If you want to best of both worlds, get a Snowyside with a Cuben bottom, although you’d only be saving a few ounces for more money.
If I ever get another bivy from John it’ll be either be an all eVent Snowyside with the Velcro issue fixed. That eVent material is so cool. Water just beads off off, never soaks through, is soft, and breathes really well. But both of my bivies serve the purposes I need them for, so I’m satisfied right now. He is making me some purple eVent rain mitts right now though that I’m super excited about!
Anyway, that’s my Borah Gear pitch. :) I’ll start working on our club name.Jul 15, 2016 at 10:59 pm #3414535
Not quite as colorful and my last post, but here’s my official gear picture for my High Sierra Trail to Whitney trip in 2 days!! Base weight is 10.1 lbs. with the bear canister, total is 24.9 lbs. with all consumables. My “luxury” items are my mini Tenkara rod, down pants, GoPro, a spare battery, and a HMG Stuff Pack for holding my quilt, and for summiting Muir, Whitney, and Russell. I can’t decide if the down pants will be worth the 7 oz. in weight, since there seems to be a heat wave hitting SoCal right now. Not sure how the Sierras will respond, though. I guess we’ll see!!Jul 23, 2016 at 7:32 pm #3415967b willi jonesBPL Member
@mrjonesLocale: best place in the world !?
hey guys,,, Ryan Jordan uses an extra long handle tooth brush,,, pass it onJul 23, 2016 at 8:05 pm #3415975Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
“Hey guys – Ryan Jordan doesn’t cut the handle off his toothbrush. Pass it on!”
Matthew’s comment. The second post in this thread @mrjonesJul 23, 2016 at 8:51 pm #3415993matthew kModerator
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