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What are you doing RIGHT NOW to get ready for Big Bend Backpacking Season?

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Offline elhombre

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http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/general-outdoor-stuff-camping-equipment/divide-4500-ultralight-backpack-first-use/

4 trips under my belt with this pack, and it has not caused me any problems at all.  Mostly carried in the 30-35# range.  As heavy as #45 at the start of one trip.  No regrets.  Big enough to swallow up a bear container at the Grand Canyon too.

« Last Edit: June 20, 2018, 09:42:43 AM by elhombre »
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Offline fullmetaljacket6793

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Well elhombre....I think we have a winner. I really like that pack and if you say that its good then ill take your word for it and buy one myself. That is the size i was looking for and light to boot for the capacity that it holds. One more thing. When i was in the Marine Corps infantry when we were in the field we never used tents. I guess it was to save weight. Since then i have never used a tent. I just have a sleeping pad and a ranger roll. A ranger roll is basically a blanket and a poncho. How do y’all guys feel about that? Have y’all slept on the ground with no problems or do y’all pack the extra weight around?


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The only other pack I would recommend it the Elemental Horizons Kalais or Aquillo (bigger) as long as you don't want to carry more than 45 pounds or so.  But fit is everything so best to try them on, order and return if necessary.  Some folks have had trouble getting the shoulder harness adjusted for them for the Seek Outside packs and el hombre had trouble getting the Elemental Horizon packs adjusted right for him.

Here is my piece on such packs.

As to a tent, I haven't carried one since 2002 and in the desert in over 20 years.  Ground cloth, pad, sleeping bag, carry a tarp just in case. 
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline Casa Grande

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As to a tent, I haven't carried one since 2002 and in the desert in over 20 years.  Ground cloth, pad, sleeping bag, carry a tarp just in case.

Although I'm relatively new to this idea,  I completely agree.  I haven't camped inside of a tent in three years.  Just too dang stuffy for me.  Give me the open night air!  It's wonderful.   I'm a believer in going tentless! Particularly in the summer.

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Offline Al

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Back in my hiking days I never carried a tent just a tarp in case of rain and to provide shade at base camp. A quarter century ago a shot of our camp behind El Pico.


« Last Edit: June 22, 2018, 09:07:53 AM by Al »

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Offline RichardM

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Although I'm relatively new to this idea,  I completely agree.  I haven't camped inside of a tent in three years.  Just too dang stuffy for me.  Give me the open night air!  It's wonderful.   I'm a believer in going tentless! Particularly in the summer.
Has it really been 3 years since the 10th Anniversary Bender? I seem to recall not only were you in a tent, but it had a heater!

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Offline presidio

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Although I'm relatively new to this idea,  I completely agree.  I haven't camped inside of a tent in three years.  Just too dang stuffy for me.  Give me the open night air!  It's wonderful.   I'm a believer in going tentless! Particularly in the summer.
Has it really been 3 years since the 10th Anniversary Bender? I seem to recall not only were you in a tent, but it had a heater!

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Offline Casa Grande

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Although I'm relatively new to this idea,  I completely agree.  I haven't camped inside of a tent in three years.  Just too dang stuffy for me.  Give me the open night air!  It's wonderful.   I'm a believer in going tentless! Particularly in the summer.
Has it really been 3 years since the 10th Anniversary Bender? I seem to recall not only were you in a tent, but it had a heater!
You are correct!    I was camping with my son.  He's not much into tentless camping and the warmth was way too inticing for me.

But,  it was during that trip that I was inspired by ME and Robert when they were sprawled out on that cold slab on the eve of their tentless trip out on the  Sierra Quemada. 

But,  since that trip,  I haven't used a tent at all.  Between, my countless Boy Scout camping trips and Bend Trips, I don't tent any longer.

So,  I stand corrected,  it has been 2 years,  5 months and 25 days ago.

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Offline RichardM

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Although I'm relatively new to this idea,  I completely agree.  I haven't camped inside of a tent in three years.  Just too dang stuffy for me.  Give me the open night air!  It's wonderful.   I'm a believer in going tentless! Particularly in the summer.
Has it really been 3 years since the 10th Anniversary Bender? I seem to recall not only were you in a tent, but it had a heater!
You are correct!    I was camping with my son.  He's not much into tentless camping and the warmth was way too inticing for me.

But,  it was during that trip that I was inspired by ME and Robert when they were sprawled out on that cold slab on the eve of their tentless trip out on the  Sierra Quemada. 

But,  since that trip,  I haven't used a tent at all.  Between, my countless Boy Scout camping trips and Bend Trips, I don't tent any longer.

So,  I stand corrected,  it has been 2 years,  5 months and 25 days ago.
Well, that almost rounds up to 3.  :icon_lol: I haven't slept outside a tent in decades, and then it was in a hammock.  :icon_rolleyes:

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Offline Al

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I have to admit that, a couple of years ago, I bought a Big Agnes tent since we are only doing primitive camping.  It stays in its bag but if it looks like rain up it goes.

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Offline dprather

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Ima weenie.  I always sleep in a tent.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Online Flash

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Ima weenie.  I always sleep in a tent.
Sure love my tent when that summer thunderstorm lets loose just as the tents up and I'm inside!  :great:

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Offline Casa Grande

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Ima weenie.  I always sleep in a tent.
Sure love my tent when that summer thunderstorm lets loose just as the tents up and I'm inside!  :great:
Touché.

I have been rained on and that sucks.

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Offline dprather

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I am gratified by the resuscitation of this thread.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Online GaryF

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I most always carry a tent, but I've been known to just use it as a ground cloth and sleep on top when conditions (insects and weather) are conducive.


 


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