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Uploaded on Oct 10, 2008
PART 1 of 8: A detailed review and philosophy about one of my backpacking systems. This system sides with the firepower side of my "Mobility vs Firepower" thesis i.e. that which will provide high capabilities for the given weight and bulk. The gear shown and discussed is designed for establishing a base camp near a high mountain lake about 8 to 15 miles deep into remote and steep Rocky Mountain terrain, at around 10,000 or more elevation. And yes there are still lots of places like this that still exist. This system generally does not represent a good hike through option (ie 10 or so miles hiked each day to different locations) as theres too much weight to be carrying in daily long distance hiking. However if your preference is to bivouac at a remote and secluded area, like Nutnfancy, you may find some new ideas for you here. In this original video series, you will see a selection of my clothing, cooking, water prep and storage, carry, knife and tool, fire making, sleeping, shelter, first aid, nautical (!), rappelling (!), and contingency options. Most of the gear shown has been proven effective for the purposes discussed and every selection is scrutinized for it merits and capabilities for its weight and bulk. Sure this all adds up to a heavy 80+ lb pack but the capabilities that it delivers in the high country will blow all other backpackers systems away (based on decades of real experience) and will provide memorable adventure. Yep, this IS an EIGHT PART series but as you will see there is A LOT to cover and its by request by my faithful subscribers. If you're a hiker, camper, backpacker, or outdoorsman you may find some gear and advice herein thats worthwhile. It's impossible to include every piece of gear and every consideration in the series so there might be a few omissions in the seriesI did the best I could! If the response and comments are good I may make more backpacking gear vids.
BRAND EQUIPMENT COVERED BY VIDEO SEGMENT—SOME MAY NO LONGER BE OFFERED BY MAKERS (especially LL Bean): PART 1: Sevylor Trail Boat (inflatable raft), Stearns quick inflate PFD, Fiskars trowel, Ulitmax socks, Northface Class V hat, Underarmour fleece cap, 5-11 boonie hat, LL Bean Timberledge pants, LL Bean anorak PART 2: EMS thermax, Polarmax thermax, LL Bean Wind Challenger fleece, LL Bean Primaloft, Moonstone Gore-Tex parka, REI Mistral gators, Black Diamond WindWeight fleece gloves, REI 300 wt Polartec fleece gloves, Mechanix gloves PART 3: Katadyn Hiker water filter, Seattle Sports packcloth bucket, Brigade Quartermaster OD bucket, Outdoor Products insulated water bottle carrier, Nalgene water bottles, Nalgene Wide-mouth Cantene, Orikaso flatware, MSR PocketRocket, Coleman butane, Stanley bowl/mug, REI Ti Ware pot, REI hiking poles, Beretta 950 Jetfire .25 auto pistol, Blazer ammo, Uncle Mike Sidekick holster, PART 4: Ontario SP5 knife, Ka-Bar Utility (Marine Combat) knife, Cold Steel SRK, Cold Steel Roach Belly knife, Leatherman S2 Juice mulit-tool, Victorinox Super Spartan knife, SOG Flash I knife, Sawvivor backpack saw, Victorinox Cadet knife, Ripoffs brand pouches, UKE flashlight, Spyderco Dragonfly, Roy Gonia whistle, Fox 40 whistle, Chisco lanyard, Gerber lexan signal mirror, PART 5: Smith and Wesson flare pen, Mini Bear multi-tool, WalMart fatwood, Light My Fire flint and steel, Trioxane, REI Stormproof matches, BlackHawk medical roll, Adventure Medical Kits, Space-brand space sleeping bag PART 6: Adventure Medical Kits Thermolite II Single Bivy bag (emergency use only), Docter 8x21 monocular, Zeiss Victory 8x compact binoculars, Timbuk2 cases, Daiwa Mini Spin fishing kit, Fenix L2D, UKE flashlight, Energizer Lithium batteries, Petzl Tactikka headlamp, Gorilla brand duct tape, Sorel Upland pak boots, Merrell boots, Teva sandals, Garmin GPSMap 60Cx PART 7: Garmin Vista GPS unit, Suunto Thermo compass, Mountain Hardwear sleeping bags, The NorthFace Tundra sleeping bag, Kelty SuperTioga backpack, The NorthFace Boulder 33 tent, Thermorest sleeping pad, Slumberjack camp Quallofil camp pillow, Alta knee pads, REI closed cell pad sitting pad PART 8: Coleman lightweight camp chair, REI mesh storage bags, REI Flash UL daypack, Voile snow shovel, Kelty K-9 Chuckwagon dogpack, GlowDog brand reflective vest, Thermarest Z-Lite sleeping pad, US Army rapelling rope, Black Diamond carabiners