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Oddball, esoteric gear

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Offline brave6

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2010, 10:18:10 AM »
"Here, here" on tweezers.  Also have found wet wipes a necessity.  And a night-time-so-I-can-sleep-DEEP medicine.  

The oddest thing for me is not 'stuff', but tradition.  The same six guys have been taking a trip to the Bend since Easter of 1997.  This has happened every year except 1998.  In that time we've developed the following 'habits':
-the first dinner we have hamburgers
-the first full day of camping is what we call "Bend Free Day".  This involves being able to go and do what we want.  Or nothing at all.
-the second night's dinner was tacos for a stretch, but last year we started stacked, red chile "Bendchiladas".  I'll take four, topped with a fried egg please.
-the last full day of camping the 6 of us agree on a hike or objective and do this together.  We've rappelled Talley Mntn., done Casa Grande, ascended into the 'bowl' of the Alto Relex for lunch and naps, and I can't remember what else.  Last year we cheated a bit, doing Capote Falls on the last day... not a  exactly a park hike.
-the last night's dinner consists of two fillets and four 1 lb. ribeyes hauled in from Amarillo.  
-the last two night's dinners are followed by dutch oven peach cobbler.
-we're 35 to 36 years old lawyers, teachers, and principals and yet we have a "Camper of the Year" each year.  We make nominations over steak, with reasons why, and then vote the next morning as we break camp.
-nightly trips to the hot spring for cigars... this is done late so as to avoid sharing space.
-last meal... depending on where we exit the Bend we take a last meal together in either Marfa, Marathon, or Fort Stockton before going our separate ways.






« Last Edit: March 12, 2010, 10:21:42 AM by brave6 »

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Offline mule ears

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2010, 04:11:54 PM »
"Here, here" on tweezers.  Also have found wet wipes a necessity.  And a night-time-so-I-can-sleep-DEEP medicine.  

The oddest thing for me is not 'stuff', but tradition.  The same six guys have been taking a trip to the Bend since Easter of 1997.  This has happened every year except 1998.  In that time we've developed the following 'habits':
-the first dinner we have hamburgers
-the first full day of camping is what we call "Bend Free Day".  This involves being able to go and do what we want.  Or nothing at all.
-the second night's dinner was tacos for a stretch, but last year we started stacked, red chile "Bendchiladas".  I'll take four, topped with a fried egg please.
-the last full day of camping the 6 of us agree on a hike or objective and do this together.  We've rappelled Talley Mntn., done Casa Grande, ascended into the 'bowl' of the Alto Relex for lunch and naps, and I can't remember what else.  Last year we cheated a bit, doing Capote Falls on the last day... not a  exactly a park hike.
-the last night's dinner consists of two fillets and four 1 lb. ribeyes hauled in from Amarillo.  
-the last two night's dinners are followed by dutch oven peach cobbler.
-we're 35 to 36 years old lawyers, teachers, and principals and yet we have a "Camper of the Year" each year.  We make nominations over steak, with reasons why, and then vote the next morning as we break camp.
-nightly trips to the hot spring for cigars... this is done late so as to avoid sharing space.
-last meal... depending on where we exit the Bend we take a last meal together in either Marfa, Marathon, or Fort Stockton before going our separate ways.

When are you going next?  I want to camp close enough to "happen by" around dinner time!  :eusa_whistle:

I like the sound of your traditions.
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Offline Alto Relex

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2010, 01:19:11 AM »
Bendchiladas sounds great...recipe?

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Offline homerboy2u

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2010, 08:01:54 AM »
Bendchiladas sounds great...recipe?

 You can Post it here , so we won't loose it..... :eusa_drool:
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Offline mwksrx

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2010, 09:47:50 AM »
Brave6:   Capote Falls is on private land and not open to the public.  How did you get permission? 

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Offline fartymarty

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #20 on: March 13, 2010, 02:04:17 PM »
I am 57 and a lifetime resident of the Big Bend area.  I ranched for many years and still enjoy visitor's privileges on several large private ranches.

Brave6:Capote Falls is on private land and not open to the public. How did you get permission?

It would seem that you are not the only one with visitor's privileges. :icon_lol: Privileges have got to be the best of all esoteric gear.

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I wish I could get me some of those privileges. :eusa_boohoo:
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Offline mwksrx

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #21 on: March 13, 2010, 09:07:31 PM »
That's great.  I too am 57, ranched for many years.  Just not in that area.  Nothing like knowing the owners. 

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Offline MacEntyre

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2010, 07:52:30 AM »
I guess our Prairie Travois hammock stand could be called oddball or esoteric gear... here it is set up at Glenn Spring 2 camp site.

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Offline dkerr24

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2010, 08:23:17 AM »
Pretty cool hammock setup... did you get the poles there using the cycle?  :)

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Offline MacEntyre

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2010, 12:05:43 PM »
...did you get the poles there using the cycle?  :)
We put them on top of the truck... the bike went on a hitch carrier.
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Offline stingrey

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Re: Oddball, esoteric gear
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2010, 04:12:04 PM »
I carry a retractable tape measure. One of those small ones, like the ones they give out at bank lobbies or automotive shops during promotions or whatever. I keep that on hand to measure "the big one" whenever that time comes when I've seen the biggest snake/spider/creature of whatever sort in the future. Of course I may need to measure after the fact based on careful analysis of the pics I took of said critter, but that is another story.

The other potentially useful things I carry in my pack at all times now would be moleskin, a sturdy bundle of rope, and a $.99 raincoat. The things I often carry but sometimes forget and WISH I didn't forget are Tylenol, an extra power bar, and believe it or not sometimes I even forget to pack a flashlight.

Random things found in my pack depending on where I'm headed may include a small LL Bean remote control activated lantern, laser pointers, and a variety of video and/or camera equipment. Nothing I hate more than seeing something so cool that people don't even believe it. I've gotta be able to document it! :)
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