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essentialssurvivalfirefoodkitrepairother
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tentfirst aid / whatever you need herejetboilpots/pansboots / shoesripstop tapecamera
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flycompassjetboil fuelziplocshiking shirttent pole splint
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stakesgpslighterutensilsbaselayer shirtduct tape
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cordage (paracord 50')waterproof bagfire starterssalt/pepper
hiking pants (synthetic, fast drying)
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sleeping bagmoleskinmugwool or synthetic undies
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sleeping pad
mini swiss army knife (mostly for scissors)
bear storagewool socks
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backpackknifecamp towel
camp shoes or sandals like tevas
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headlampbatteries (gps, headlamp)nalgeneinsect repellent
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camelbakwater filter/purificationcocoa/coffeehard shell (rain jacket)
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pack coverphonemidlayer jacket/fleece
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TPcash (not a lot needed)chapstickCommunal
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trowelwallethatBorrowable
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trek polesmapssunscreen
Sharable, but maybe not great
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camelbak extra nozzlesunglassesBring your own / buy
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camelbak pump connection set
belt
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Q&A, recorded for the next neophyte
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QA
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Food philosophyRoughly how much food, in whatever terms is easiest to share (calories, named items in typical day, etc.), do you typically consume per day of backpacking?Somewhere between 3000-4000 is what I pack. I eat a little less and burn a little more. I'd say a typical day is a poptart package, a granola bar, a few handfuls of nuts or trail mix or jerky, a random snack like chocolate or a stroupwaffle, a freeze dried dinner, and hot chocolate packet.
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We only eat hot meals at dinner and generally we buy Mountain House or similar freeze dried meals that only require hot water to prepare. Breakfast and lunch are usually simple dry foods like granola, dried fruit, jerky, trail mix, bars, etc. We often have coffee or cocoa only at dinner and rarely make even hot water in the mornings. We have literally never made a camp fire in the backcountry. Cocoa, dark chocolate bars, coffee, and whiskey are all highly prized items on the trail but they're relatively heavy and we don't indulge in them much. Instant coffee isn't great coffee. We usually have a nice meal before we go in with a salad and a nice meal coming out. Not only does the simplicity of our cooking cut time and waste washing and cleaning, but it reduces our footprint for attracting animals and is a highly defensive bear aware food strategy. Sometimes we will bring fresh foods that we will carry for the first day and plan to eat before EOD. This works well for us, but I'm open to thoughts. It's pretty Spartan.Should I bring any of the communal items, or do you have that covered? Understood I will be renting and/or carrying several.Depending on your interest level, you might want your own map. We might opt to bring some spare fuel, but I'll have it with me.
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How many sets of clothing do you bring (0-99)? 2?I bring one set of clothes with layers and an extra set of underwear which is wool or synthetic. I'm down to an Arc'teryx Atom LT, wool hat, wool baselayer shirt or synthetic baselayer, hiking pants, two undies, two wool socks.
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Is "cordage" for general use, to bind sleeping bag to pack, or some other role?Find 50' of paracord or a survival paracord bracelet. General/emergency. Mainly it's backup shoe laces. Clark had his chewed through one night. You don't think about it, but that's a trip ruiner if you've got nothing. Tried to find a reasonable bracelet link, but they all look stupid.
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Aside from bear storage, are there any items you systematically try to acquire onsite?Usually we have to get lighters, fuel, etc. We usually also get some fresh food items like a couple pieces of fruit/bread/cheese that we consume the first day. Since I'm driving, it's maximum of a quick grocery stop required. Everything else is fly-able.
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Picture of most of my gear from Yosemite trip in 2016
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The shiny steel silver thing is my "mug"
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This was a base camp and day hike trip. No big backpack.
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