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Offline Tone

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Oddball, esoteric gear
« on: February 28, 2010, 07:58:08 PM »
There is always the standard gear that everyone has: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad.  I am curious of gear that you bring that might not be on a generic gear list.

For example: on my gear list for desert hiking, I have "tweezers."  (Maybe this is standard fare for you benders, I don't know.)  If you have ever had a mess of glochids, it is obvious why I bring these.

Another odd thing that I wouldn't have thought of, but saw in a book: a magnifying glass, in order to see insects and flowers at close range.

What gear do you bring that isn't standard fare?

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2010, 10:39:16 PM »
Welcome to the board Tone!

Plus one for the tweezers...although they're useful just about everywhere in BB! I spent a "delightful" 30 minutes one night on the S Rim plucking a batch of those little buggers out of my leg. Where I got them on the way up to the S Rim is still unknown.

As for esoteric "gear", do Oreos count?  :eusa_dance:
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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2010, 10:57:14 PM »
Welcome to the board Tone!

Plus one for the tweezers...although they're useful just about everywhere in BB! I spent a "delightful" 30 minutes one night on the S Rim plucking a batch of those little buggers out of my leg. Where I got them on the way up to the S Rim is still unknown.

As for esoteric "gear", do Oreos count?  :eusa_dance:
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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2010, 11:04:32 PM »
RE: oreos

So . . . I was going through a checkpoint between Sanderson and Del Rio.  I actually kind of like checkpoints.  I mean, these are decent guys just doing a job.  My neighbor is border patrol, and he's totally cool.

Anyway, these guys give me the normal questions: where were you, where are you going, etc.  I told these guys that I was returning from Devils River SNA.  They accept this.

Then I offer them both strawberry flavored Oreo cookies.  My bat biologist friend gave them to me, and I had already eaten far too many.  I told them "seriously, you'd be helping me by taking them off my hands."  Neither partook, but it was the thought that counts.

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2010, 08:15:41 AM »
Small pieces of "Alligator" skin.......  gator skin is a term for tire carcasses found on roadside. a small piece in a signal fire will make it almost impossible to miss. a couple chunks about the size of match books don't add to your burden.
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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2010, 10:29:38 AM »
A CD that's never been written to. Nearly unbreakable and next to nothing in weight it makes a good signal mirror should the need arise. The hole in the center helps with alignment/sighting. BTW, I'm adding "alligator skin" to my list.

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Offline Tone

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2010, 10:45:12 AM »
A CD that's never been written to. Nearly unbreakable and next to nothing in weight it makes a good signal mirror should the need arise. The hole in the center helps with alignment/sighting. BTW, I'm adding "alligator skin" to my list.

Interesting.  Are you saying a blank CD?  Wouldn't an old software CD be shinier?

I, too, added "alligator skin" to my list.

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2010, 12:50:42 PM »
Couldn't say about shiney-ness of an old one. All I've ever carried was one that hadn't been wrote to.

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2010, 07:12:53 PM »
As for oddball, it's a cheap folding windshield sun shade, if my shelter is a hammock of I'm expecting a particularly cold night on the ground. I suppose it could also come in handy on especially hot afternoons as well.

As for esoteric, it's a Promaster XtraPower GO! SLR model, which recharges my camera's batteries up to 5 times in the field without itself needing a charge.
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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2010, 08:46:37 AM »
About the only extraneous thing I carry in the desert that I usually don't carry other places is a small monocular (1.8 oz.). It is useful for route finding and long distance looks when going cross country.  I used to carry a small set of binoculars but found I didn't use them enough to justify the weight.
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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2010, 08:39:26 AM »
I don't know if this counts as oddball gear or not, but I carry a 1AA headlamp.  I see far too many hikers fumbling around with a handheld flashlight when a light strapped to their head would free up their hands and provide light whereever they turn their heads.

Another item is a small mp3 player.  Not talking about a bulky iPod, I carry along a very tiny Sandisk 4gb player.  On some evenings watching the sun set it's nice to have some Carlos Nakai music playing on the earbuds.

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2010, 09:48:14 AM »
I love that we've come so far with technology that now a days,  the ability to carry 10's of thousands of songs in a case barely bigger than a deck of cards, is considered "bulky"!!!   :rolling:

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2010, 10:47:38 AM »
Small Flask of Single Malt Scotch its worth the weight.
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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2010, 12:50:54 PM »
I love that we've come so far with technology that now a days,  the ability to carry 10's of thousands of songs in a case barely bigger than a deck of cards, is considered "bulky"!!!   :rolling:

iPods are not just bulky, but no removeable battery.  Sandisk still has a couple of small mp3 players that run on a single AAA battery.  A spare AAA, and I have about a weeks' worth of listening.

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2010, 10:32:30 PM »
I really like that "alligator skin" suggestion.  Scotch too.
EZ cheese with saltines has been a staple for me for about the last 10 years.  Good salt replacement the way I see it.
Plus, in prior posts I believe I've extolled the numerous virtues of EZ cheese.

I always bring duct tape with me...along with a tow rope.

 


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