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daverr
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03/20/2018 02:56PM
I was introduced to the BWCAW in 2014. For each annual trip since, I've picked up one or two new "things" that really improved my experience during the next trip. Just a few examples so far are Bungee Dealee Bobs, Sawyer Water Filter /Gravity Filter in Camp, and Keen Closed Toe Sandals (I know there is a healthy debate on appropriate footwear). For this year, I'm looking closely at Svante Freden reflector oven, Fry Bake Pan and the CCS Tundra Tarp

What are some of your favorite things that you've picked up over the years?

 
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TipsyPaddler
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03/20/2018 03:25PM
Gravity Water Filter (Platypus) and CCS tarp are high on my “experience upgrade” list as well.

A Helinox Chair One was a welcome comfort after a long day of paddling and portaging. A high quality air mattress, Therm-a-rest Large NeoAir Xlite, made a big difference in sleep quality.

Shifting from hanging to stashing the food pack on the edge of camp and then going from a large Harmony 60L blue barrel and CCS pack to two large bear canisters then two Ursacks Allwhites has lightened the portaging load significantly.

Finally, simplifying the food menu to reduce kitchen gear, prep time, and clean up has made for more enjoyable trips.


03/20/2018 03:39PM
You already hit most of my highlights, but I have to say my Spirit II is up there as far as favorites go. My Windpro has also been a very reliable piece of equipment.

Our first trip we had a portable propane grill that we brought for a stove, plus several cans of propane. The grill alone clocks in around 6lb, add in the weight of fuel and we carried nearly 10lb just for cooking! Other upgrades have been tent (used to be a cheap dome now I have several depending on the size of the party), fishing gear, lighting, etc. The $20 H2Zero portage pack (aka the Green Monster) is still going strong after 6 canoe trips and countless weekend campouts.
WHendrix
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03/20/2018 03:45PM
Flexlite or similar chair
Nemo Bugout
03/20/2018 03:56PM
Nemo bug shelter # 1 hands down . MSR reactor , and helinox chair probably next on the list.
ozarkpaddler
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03/20/2018 05:18PM
CCS Tarp

03/20/2018 06:43PM
A lot of the same stuff already mentioned - Sawyer Water Bottle for drinking on the go with gravity filter setup for camp and BDB's (& similar Nite-Ize twist ties).

Upgrading to a CCS tarp and then the Ridgeline stuff sack with the tarp pre-rigged for the ridgeline setup. Seriously look into this if you get the tarp.

Like tipsy paddler, I switched to a much simpler meal plan, which minimized fuel usage, prep time, clean up, and gear. This was accompanied by the switch to stashing with Bear Vaults, then Ursacks. It also allowed a switch to a JetBoil stove, which had several advantages for me.

I gradually got other lighter, better, more compact gear - switched to an Exped Synmat, then got a Thermarest NeoAir XTherm, which is lighter and more compact, while being just as warm and comfortable. A lighter shelter and sleeping bag - going from synthetic to 650 down to 800 down. That goes in another favorite - the Sea-To-Summit eVent Compression Drysack. Clothes also go in one.

Another switch I made several years ago was to a waterproof P & S camera which stays in my shirt pocket (on a lanyard - it's waterproof, but doesn't float). I take a lot more pictures now.

Besides all the things you can get that are better, lighter, etc., sometimes it's the stuff you simplify and the things you leave behind that improve the experience.
SevenofNine
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03/20/2018 06:53PM
CCS Pioneer pack
Bell Magic canoe
Black Diamond headlamp
Luci lantern
BDBs of course
03/20/2018 08:56PM
Wenonah bent shaft carbon fiber paddle.
A dry box for my camera gear.
Chota Quetico Trekker boots.
carmike
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03/20/2018 10:03PM
Gravity water filter, if I had to choose one.
mjmkjun
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03/21/2018 04:23AM
Helinox Cot Max Convertible. Room to toss and turn. I didn't think it would make such a difference. It did!
treehorn
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03/21/2018 08:17AM
Chair has to top this list. I did 4 nights without a chair once and rocks and logs and even canoe seats get oooooooold. Got a chair the next year and love it.

I'll also plug the figure 9 carabiner. If you're a dunce with knots like me (or even if you're anything less than excellent with them), these things are sweet.
ParkerMag
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03/21/2018 08:33AM
Hammock/quilts. Just about all my CCS stuff - tarps, packs, thwart bag/map case. Zav Ultra-Light paddle. Swivel Chair-One. Helinox table - I was appalled at the tripping extravagance when the wife bought it, but I love it now! Chota Caney Fork boots w/ Chota socks.
VaderStrom
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03/21/2018 02:11PM
My Advantage and Black Bart Paddle have to be 1A and 1B...

Planning is probably my other favorite thing I've learned from this site. Reading trip reports on where to go, where to stay away from or just general knowledge. I feel that is the one thing that I can't ever get enough of. Grandma L has also posted some awesome DIY stuff that I've found to be very helpful as I continue to evolve my own gear closet that is becoming more DIY every day.

Camp Chow...if you travel with anyone who is gluten free, or even if you don't, they have the BEST food to chose from in my mind.
Zanzinger
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03/21/2018 02:31PM
Gravity Water Filter and a Compact Camp Chair

If I had to pick one of those, Gravity water filter system.
bct
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03/21/2018 02:51PM
It may not be the lightest option, but I love my trangia alcohol stove. I have only used it for solo trips. The things that I really adore with this stove are the near silence of cooking with it, and it is fairly bullet proof - no moving parts. I suppose the seal on the burner could fail and cause fuel to leak in my pack, but its just alcohol that will simply evaporate. I can prepare my morning coffee without disturbing a peaceful morning with the roar of my MSR.

Like others, my CCS tarp is a must have.

BuckFlicks
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03/21/2018 03:16PM
Favorite thing for paddling: Crazy Creek seat cushion and seat back

Favorite thing for portaging: freeze dried meals instead of fresh food

Favorite thing for camping: Big Agnes sleeping bag - more shoulder room, able to roll over at night without getting tangled up (side sleeper.)

I also bring a small MP3 player that holds 50# hours of charge to listen to at night to combat tinnitus.

My next trip, my favorite thing will be my Resmed Air Mini travel CPAP and battery pack.
03/22/2018 05:23AM
I think you have chosen well Grasshopper, well maybe not with the sandals, but otherwise pretty good. My first choice would be the Tundra Tarp. I like my DYS/DIS reflector oven[ lots of simply easy plans out there]. Buy the best gear you can afford now and it will last a long time, a few things every year don't seem as bad as buying a lot at one time, plus these gear guys always seem to be coming up with new and better gear. For that I want to thank everyone. FRED
moosedoggie
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03/22/2018 05:44AM
Going to a hammock and CCS tarp.

Senko's.
anthonyp007
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03/22/2018 08:40AM
Hands down, my Snow Peak Giga Stove has made life so much easier. It’s so small, light, fuel efficient and reliable and yet still brings a 2 quart pot to a boil in a few minutes. I got one for my dad this year as a birthday present. I’m a single portager when solo and it’s made all the difference. I got a used CCS tarp this year for a group trip, that purchase may just trump my Giga stove as my new favorite.

Honarable mention: anchor bag, lifestraw, firestarters, utensil roll

Tony
pamonster
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03/22/2018 09:16AM
I could probably list a new favorite from every year. But a all time favorite has to be:

Opsak's and an Ursak - less bulk & less weight than a barrel and the food is endlessly more pack-able all the while maintaining critter proof status.
03/22/2018 05:48PM
Hanging a hammock under a Nemo Bugout. I finally get some sleep.
03/22/2018 07:51PM
Replacing sleeping bag(s) with a quilt
Helinox chair
Zav 10 oz. paddle
Nemo Cosmo sleeping pad
mgraber
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03/22/2018 09:20PM
In no particular order:
-Helinox chair 1 or chair 0
-Solar shower(we go in the spring for aprox. 2 weeks and a warm shower is heaven!)
-CCS tarp with stuff sack and the quick set-up technique as shown on CCs sight and Youtube
-Neo Air Xtherm Max sleeping pad-Very warm, very light and RECTANGULAR!!! Yay!! MUCH better than my old Exped Synmatt9( HEAVY!!!!) and inflates in about a minute with inflation bag.
-Sawyer gravity filter and mini filter. (The squeeze is good too)
-A full size rectangular down sleeping bag under 3#(20deg LLBean that is overrated but excellent to mid 30s) NO MUMMY'S FOR ME!
There is probably more, but these are some of my favorites for comfort. The longer you are out, the more comfort matters, especially in your 50's lol. And with all this luxury we still travel fairly far every year, 80-over 100 miles per trip. On a shorter run and gun trip I would of course leave a lot of this behind.
Oh yeah, light weight paddles,kevlar canoe, and a 4 man tent for 2 that weighs 6#...heaven.
daverr
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03/23/2018 08:43AM
You all reminded me of my number one favorite that I now take for granted - Hammock and down quilts. When I was preparing for my first BW trip, I came here looking for an ideal sleeping system for a bad back. I was quickly intrigued by the hammock set-up and now I'll never sleep on my back again.

I'm also intrigued by the Fenix HL60R headlamp. A bit pricey at $75 (I might wait for a sale) but I think it will replace quite a few pieces of gear. Usually, I bring a headlamp with 3 AAA batteries and another 3 AAA batteries as spare. I'll also bring a very small flashlight with 1 AA battery and another AA battery as a spare. I'll also usually bring a spare USB charger (that itself weighs a good bit) as backup power for my camera.

The HL60R is first and foremost an extremely powerful and rechargeable headlamp but also has an illusive red light, which I love for reading late at night or early in the morning. And it is rechargeable with the included 18650 lithium ion battery. And I can use the juice on the 18650 battery to charge other items if necessary using this sort of a charger. With the powerful rechargeable battery, I'll be able to ditch the extra AAA batteries, USB Charger, flashlight, and AA batteries. I haven't done the math, but I'm guessing that will lighten my load a bit.
PikeChase
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03/23/2018 11:39AM
1. Upgrading to down sleeping bags. We initially used the cheap and bulky Colemans.
2. Lightweight camp chairs. One year we took some we bought at Sams Club because they were comfortable. They became a nightmare to portage. We weighed them when we got home and they each weighed 9 lb 5 oz. Yikes.
3. Luci Light
4. Alps Shasta 4200. It's a backpacking pack so the person carrying the canoe doesn't use it but still really nice.
5. Klymit Static V Insulated pad.
6. New for next year we have a Kelty tarp, Whisperlite stove, Tevas.

Our first trip up we went in on Brule where there's no portage necessary and thank goodness. It would have been a nightmare to portage all of our heavy/bulky gear and misc. backpacks. Each year we've worked to cut down out gear to smaller and lighter. This year I think we're at a pretty good spot after finally getting rid of the Coleman 2 burner suitcase stove. Planning out our meals ahead of time has helped cut down on the overlap and bulk too.
03/23/2018 04:05PM
REI Flexlite chairs and a cheapo Coughlins bug net make things more comfy than they've ever been.

Dehydrating at home makes things more delicious than they've ever been.

Using the fish finder is pure luxury.
Jaywalker
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03/23/2018 04:50PM
I can think of 6 things over the last couple years that have really made a big difference for me. Roughly in order:
1. Platypus gravity filter: Cuts the water chore from 15 minutes to nothing and no effort - huge for solo travel.
2. CCS type tarp: I made my own, but the 1.1 oz silnylon ridgeline style is great. Stuffs easy, packs small, sets up and takes down fast.
3. REI Flexlite chair: I used to snicker at the chair lovers, then for some reason I tried one. Not just about comfort - I really like that it allows me to set my tarp up anywhere I want if I'm using my stove.
4. Blue Barrel: I considered myself a master bear bag hanger, but this cuts 15-20 minutes and is just easier.
5. Exped Downmat 7 UL: Very small and light compared to my old pad, and much more comfort. I use in July and January.
6. Luci Light: Super compact, no battery bright light for tent. Most important spring and fall when less daylight.
03/23/2018 10:10PM
Forgot to mention my wife, Deb. She is a keeper.
woodsandwater
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03/24/2018 12:34PM
Helinox Chair and nice thick Thermarest pad!
Tman
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03/24/2018 03:24PM
One I haven't seen anyone post yet - a pillow.

I love my Sea to Summit Aeros ultralight pillow. Packs down to nothing, weighs nothing, very comfortable. I like the ultralight as I am a backpacker but friends have the other models and love them as well.

When I first got it I thought it a bit silly but figured "what the heck" at the packed size & weight. I had always packed extra clothes in a fleece for a pillow.
Now I can't imaging going without the Aeros.
ockycamper
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03/24/2018 03:51PM
All things all ready mentioned. . . as others have said. . .leave the sandals at home. We bring Muck Boots (Wetlands) as we go in middle to late September. Side note: two years ago one of my boots had a tear in it from an exposed stick. I called Muck to ask them about it and they sent me a pair of new boots. Can't get that from the sandal/tennis shoe guys.
Voyageur67
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03/25/2018 11:41AM
All items mentioned are great. My best purchase over the years would have to be the Chota Hippies-great for portaging and minimizing canoe damage at the end of a portage.
Mocha
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03/25/2018 11:58AM
i have two paddle partners that make tripping fun, exciting, adventurous and safe.
but i only go with one at a time. two people to a trip, best party size.
03/25/2018 12:47PM
Wasn't gonna join this, well here I am. I have enough gear that choosing is geared to how I feel when I pack. Type and size of shelter, how I'll be cooking and what. Paddling, backpacking, vehicle based, moving or staying put.

All the choices! I do wind up with 2 always used sets of gear, a pair of custom made leather hiking boots (I do wet-foot with $500 handmade boots, year after year, first pair still in very good shape after almost 20 years), and a sleeved 800 fill down bag air inflated down insulated pad combination.

butthead
LilyPond
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03/25/2018 11:08PM
--Sangean pocket radio. Cheap, great sound. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Z5Z3Q2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

--This lantern: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014H4036A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Solar charging is minimal but charged electrically it lasts about 24 hours on low, which is actually quite bright. Collapses down to a flashlight.

--Exped Synmat 3D-7
-- . . . paired with Helinox Cot One. Amazing comfort used together.
Minnesotian
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03/27/2018 01:43PM

1. Alite Butterfly Chair - Just has two legs, so not for everybody, but I like it because it becomes like a rocking chair for me. Alite Chair

2. MicroRegulator Stove from Soto - has a pressurizer built into it so that it doesn't loose heat output as the air temperature gets colder. This means I can bring it during all seasons. Soto MicroRegulator Stove

3. Grayl Water Bottle Filter - tried a couple of these types of filters and really liked them, but this Grayl product is the first where I could fill up in the middle of the lake and chug down some water instead of having to suck it up through a straw. I find I stay a lot more hydrated and comfortable when tripping. Grayl Water Filter

4. Muck Boots - I have the Artic version, but I use it year round. Breaths excellently and stays warms down to -30. I used to wet foot, but one October, when temperatures were getting chillier, I didn't want to anymore so got a pair of Muck Boots. I haven't gone back to wet footing it anymore.

5. CCS Tarp - can't add to the praises for the product other then I got the ridge line bag as well and it makes throwing this thing up real quick. Learn the Siberian Knot.

6. This Nalgene Flask - Holds the perfect amount of a good whisky.
nalgene flask
bwcadan
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03/27/2018 04:37PM
Base camping as I get older.

Bug Whacker for each tent. Quicker than by hand and no mess on tent

Cot for under the Therma-Rest. Small rocks and sticks, no issue. Tie at feet with bunge cords.

Extra light tent for replacement if needed ( Did use that once). Take on on day trips if stranded overnight.

Foldable rocking chair for shade trees. Flexlite for tent.

See Base Camping Basics at bottom of subject selections for more ideas
Guest Paddler
 
03/28/2018 09:18PM
Costa polarized glasses, a poor man's depth finder...and much lighter.

Leatherman, bigger badder and better than a Swiss Army knife.

Cheapy foam earplugs, the difference between a hellish night or a heavenly one...don't leave home without 'em!

Headlamp, frees up both hands and adds a measure of safety in the dark.





































03/29/2018 04:48PM
Gravity filter has been nice. Just bag the water and let it do the work.

Camp chairs (REI) have been appreciated after a long day, or just lounging around camp.

Simplified food menus that use Camp Chow or Cache Lake products make cooking quick and easy.
OCDave
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03/29/2018 09:22PM
I enjoy my Light My Fire Swedish Firesteel Army 2.0.

I use it to build campfires, light my stoves, light my backyard charcoal grill or just to make pretty sparks when its dark.
JoshP
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03/31/2018 07:49PM
-Hands down Kermit Chair. It has arm rests which my Helinox doesn’t.
-Big Agnes memory foam pad for my Thermarest NeoAir
-Luci Lantern
-BWJ cast aluminum frying pan
-CCS 10x10 bug net tarp
-Zpacks TriPlex tent for my dog and I and gear.

I care about weight when I’m backpacking, not canoeing.
04/01/2018 08:58AM
My new favorite toy of the day is the Vargo stove I bought yesterday. Played with it for a couple hours and am really excited to try it out on a trip.
BlackSwanAdventures
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04/02/2018 09:41AM
4 inch fluke minnows/ worms for wife
leeches
good spinning combos
good life vests
platypus gravity filter
a good pack
We love the Bugout Tarp idea, that is something we might get for this year.
We just invested in chairs too.. 2 pack of chairs for wife and I

good polarized sunglasses
permethrin
our stove/anodized camp mess set
protein bars and most important
a positive attitude


and some more stuff we forgot to mention, I imagine
crazd
 
04/06/2018 07:39AM
Svea 123 stove, Sven saw ,cast aluminum fry pan, Huntly Gardens canoe packs, Dri-ki paddles and a Loring pack basket.
plainspaddler
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04/06/2018 11:34AM
1. CCS tarp...has saved many trips when it's raining. I hate to sit in a tent during daylight hours when it's raining!

2. Helinox sunset chair. Worth it's weight!!!

3. Exped Synmat 9 DLX.

4. Nemo Fillo. Just bought this last trip in Ely and I have never slept better in the bush!!!

5. Boreal 21 saw. Also bought in Ely last trip and it is a really well made pack saw.

Mike
Bumstead
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04/07/2018 04:33AM
Headlamp with red light option.

Alite Mantis and Monarch chairs....so nice having a backrest when around camp.

Kelty Noah's Tarp 12's, 2 of them. Outdoor living in rainy / windy conditions.

Crazy Creeks for canoe seats.

Nite Ize wire tires.

My favorite clothing piece: $20 polyester Champion hoodie

Coughlin's Bug head net.

1/2 gallon thermos for leeches, easy to reach in a grab the slippery li'l suckers



MidwestFirecraft
 
04/08/2018 05:09PM
Bear vault hands down. Can be used as a seat and food is instantly ready. It is priceless to watch my buddies trying to find a suitable branch to hang their food, then the hilarity ensues when they can't get the rope over the branch or it gets tangled. Good times.
ockycamper
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04/08/2018 06:31PM
+1 on BearVaults. We switched over to the larger size years ago. Same reasons. Rodents can't get in. Bears can't haul away. You can see what's inside and you can use them as chairs or tables.
Swampturtle
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04/09/2018 12:40PM
I feel like Steve Martin in "the jerk"...all I need is this....pillow, mug, teapot..

Awesome Nemo Fillo pillow, who knew I could sleep uninterrupted for a few hours? Nemo did...it's $$, totally worth it. Washes beautifully...which is essential.

Nemo fillo backpacking pillow

GSI mug for hot/cold beverages. My coffee stays hot for a nice long while. Necessary for me since I'm usually cooking & breaking camp & sipping in between. It seals, I can make oatmeal in it & put it in the bow of the Canoe & bring it with me. Cleans easily, handle is kinda floppy, but I don't care.

GSI outdoors infinity backpacker mug

MSR Alpine teapot for boiling water..its fast, efficient, pours cleanly. I like it..I haven't burned myself yet.

MSR Teapot
Swampturtle
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08/07/2018 10:21AM
Okay, so I had a $25 coupon for EMS & thought what silly piece of gear do I "need" to add to my stuff that will make my life easier? The thermarest neoair mini pump!

This thing...well, it works in my living room, now I can't wait to take it on trips. Over the years moisture from my breath has indeed broken down part of the inside of my neoair, so I can feel better about not further damaging it. This is the size of my palm, 2.3 oz & fits easily in the top of the stuff bag. Runs on aaa batteries, It seems most of my new stuff runs on them, so that makes it convenient too. Took about 2 minutes to fill the neoair, added a breath & a half to make it full.


Retail therapy....
GearJunkie
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08/07/2018 11:53AM
Last trip I had two all stars: Tingley Ultra Light Boots, and Katadyn Be Free with a 1 liter bag. Kept it in my pockets and never used a canteen the entire trip.
BAWaters
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08/07/2018 07:32PM
1. Silky Gomboy saw
2. Black Diamond headlamp
3. Luci Lantern
4. Gravity filter
5. Kelty 12X12 tarp
08/07/2018 08:30PM
Platypus gravity filter and swapping nalgenes for bags.
Husky jerks.
Canoearoo
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08/07/2018 10:59PM
Before kids we were ultralight backpackers. But once the kids came I decided to invest in a ccs large tarp. It was pricey and at the time I thought heavy. But we went with it because it is the lightest tarp for that size. 14 year later I love my tarp. Camping before the tarp is not comparable. A family of 5 can get out of the rain easily. Before the tarp I would have said my luxury item was my hammock... Lol now we bring 5 hammocks. Kids change a lot of things.

Short answer ccs tarp
NotLight
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08/11/2018 01:14PM
Nemo bugout.
08/12/2018 12:25PM
Camping hammock and quilt set.
Best camping purchase I have made in many years.
pswith5
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08/12/2018 06:51PM
let's see....game changers...Helinox or the like chair. ( not getting younger) Gravity filter is fast becoming one. Bear vault, no more hanging. Headlamp vs. flashlight. Sleeping pad ( probably #1..if i can't sleep my trip deteriorates fast). Iso-butane stove, no more pumping liquid fuel stove. The non-stick cookware that goes along with it. That's about it.
mr.barley
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08/12/2018 07:48PM
VaderStrom: "My Advantage and Black Bart Paddle have to be 1A and 1B
C"
Funny, I can say the same thing.
08/13/2018 08:14AM
- My Granite Gear canoe pack (found much easier on the body than duluths)
- Getting the extra large rain tarp for my Hennessy Hammock
- Helly Hansen Rain Gear
TrekScouter
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08/16/2018 11:08AM
The Excalibur dehydrator . No more over-salted foil pack meals for me. I prepare all my own food, including soups, stews, casseroles, jerky, and fruit. As I’ve prepared the food myself, there are no unpleasant surprises in the field, and throughout the trip, I look forward to enjoying my next meal.

Placed in ziplock bags, the food goes in my Ursack / Opsack bags, so I no longer waste time hanging a food pack, or energy carrying the associated ropes and hardware.

It’s all heated in my JetBoil stove, and eaten directly from the cooking cup, so cookware and utentils are kept to a minimum.
airmorse
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08/16/2018 05:18PM
My new favorite item for this year was a drift sock. It worked great and will come with me on every trip from now on.
airmorse
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08/16/2018 05:18PM
Damn double post...
08/21/2018 10:08AM
Down sleeping bags for our spring and fall trips, only weigh 19oz, girl friends would be her 7.7oz ZRE paddle, coffee can stove cheapest thing we have and works great.
molshove
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08/21/2018 10:54PM
Talk to me about the bear canister and Ursack...I’ve been hanging bear bags for 20 years, only takes a couple of minutes and a quick trip outside of camp. My meal plan is quite simple with instant oatmeal, protein bars, and dehydrated vacuum sealed meals inside of a small rubber seal line dry bag.

I feel like the canister takes up more room and doesn’t save any weight, but I could see the added benefit of a seat, and I don’t currently pack in a camp seat of any kind (though I’ve been considering buying one)...I just can always find something else to buy first...

Enlighten me, please!
molshove
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08/21/2018 10:59PM
Sorry, forgot to contribute...love my hammock. And my 500mL flask of Weller Antique

Edit: and my Woodman’s Pal. This thing is my trusty go-to machete, hatchet, hammer, mallet, pry bar, etc. easily my most versatile tool.

ockycamper
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08/22/2018 08:40AM
Ursack does not protect against things getting smashed. Bears can still haul off the Ursack. Yes I know you tie it to the tree but there is still that risk.

We use Bearvaults 500. The bears can not open them or haul them off. (Yes I have seen the posts about ONE bear in the Adirondicks). Not one incident in the BWCA of a bear hauling one off or opening it up. They also seal out all rodents. Can function as seats. What we really like is that they are clear. You can see what is in them without opening them up or dumping everything out first.
molshove
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08/22/2018 10:32AM
ockycamper: "Ursack does not protect against things getting smashed. Bears can still haul off the Ursack. Yes I know you tie it to the tree but there is still that risk.


We use Bearvaults 500. The bears can not open them or haul them off. (Yes I have seen the posts about ONE bear in the Adirondicks). Not one incident in the BWCA of a bear hauling one off or opening it up. They also seal out all rodents. Can function as seats. What we really like is that they are clear. You can see what is in them without opening them up or dumping everything out first."


Gotcha, so I'm basically using a clear ursack (10L clear seal line dry bag), except I hoist over a branch instead of tie to a tree. I like that it can conform to the amount of food I have inside of it, and it packs inside of my portage bag. and it cost me about $20 bucks on sale at the time, even cheaper now.



I'd like if it doubled as a seat though, that's the one advantage to the bearvault IMO.

Side note, Helinox chairs are on sale at REI this weekend for $89+tax
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08/22/2018 12:22PM
Your clear Seal Line bag is definitely NOT equivalent to an Ursack. The Ursack is basically a kevlar bag that cannot be torn open by a bear's teeth or claws (also impervious to mini-bears and micro-bears). An Ursack does not need to be hung in the same manner as a food pack or bag, but tied to a tree at eye level on the periphery of camp.
molshove
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08/22/2018 01:34PM
thebotanyguy: "Your clear Seal Line bag is definitely NOT equivalent to an Ursack. The Ursack is basically a kevlar bag that cannot be torn open by a bear's teeth or claws (also impervious to mini-bears and micro-bears). An Ursack does not need to be hung in the same manner as a food pack or bag, but tied to a tree at eye level on the periphery of camp.
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Gotcha. With what is it tied to the tree? Something equally impervious?

I just see something that is heavier, 5x as expensive, and still sharing an equal weak link. At least the bearvault provides the added benefit of a seat.
thebotanyguy
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08/22/2018 03:23PM
The rope is also chew-proof. It is tested with grizzly bears, and according to the company, the rope has never been successfully chewed apart.
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08/22/2018 03:41PM
Dehydrated food is fine in an Ursack, as it can't really be smashed. Twinkies should go in a Bear Vault.
ockycamper
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08/22/2018 04:21PM
You are correct. . .in my view the weak link of the Ursack is that it can be smashed and also hauled off. You can't see what is in the sack without opening it either. It is more money then the bearvaults. The only real advantage is that it will pack down when empty. The only real disadvantage of bearvaults is that they are heavier, and by design, harder to carry.

We have found, however, that four BV 500's will fit into a pack and can be carried back pack style.
andym
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08/22/2018 06:32PM
At least at REI, the Bear Vault 500 and the Ursack Major are the same price and hold about the same amount (700 and 650 cubic inches respectively). It's all a matter of which advantages and disadvantages you like best. I hate weight and like to take long trips which means lots of food. So, the Ursack wins for me. I could see mixing in one Bear Vault for the extra security of something different but have never gotten around to it. Maybe I should just carry one Ursack with the metal liner in it.
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08/22/2018 07:02PM
housty9: "Down sleeping bags for our spring and fall trips, only weigh 19oz, girl friends would be her 7.7oz ZRE paddle, coffee can stove cheapest thing we have and works great."

Which bags?
 
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