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rlhedlund
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01/29/2011 05:43AM
I know from prowling the gear forum and the sale forum, there are a lot of people on this site that have as much gear as many of the BW outfitters. I can't pass up a bargain basement deal on decent equipment from yard sales or demo model closeouts at major brands.

After 40 years of camping, backpacking and now BW canoeing, I need to get rid of some of this stuff, but I have come to the realization, I am a camping gear "Hoarder".

How many gear hoarders are out there?

3 canoes presently (have sold 3 over the years)
8 paddles
9 sleeping bags
6 air-type mattresses
2 closed-cell mattresses
3 egg-crate mattresses
7 stoves
only 2 water filters
4 cook sets
10 backpacks
2 hammocks
5 tents
3 Silva Ranger compasses
1 GPS
Maps and more maps
4 headlamps
??? flashlights
4 first aid kits
3 tyvek tarps various sizes
2 real tarps
8 pr boots
tons of outer and under wear

my justification is that we have 4 grown children who camp and borrow my gear. We also go on an annual trek in the winter with friends, nieces, nephews, etc. Many of the newbies have no gear, hence, the outfitter status.

Not sure if these count:
1 bass boat w/ associated gear
1 5th wheel camper trailer w/ associated gear
 
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Arkansas Man
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01/29/2011 07:24AM
yeah I can relate to that, I too have the gear to outfit for a BWCA, Ozark Mountain Hiking trip, Buffalo River float trip and what ever else I want to do...

3 - canoes
3 - kayaks
4 - double bladed kayak/canoe paddles
10 - single blade canoe paddles
7 - back packs
only 1 water filter
7 - sleeping bags
6 - inflatable sleeping pads
3 - cook kits
4 - stoves
unknown nalgene bottles
2 - hammocks
3 tents ( I sold two recently)
3 - hiking sticks
1 - lightweight nylon tarp 12 x 12

Other Gear,
18 ft duckboat with 50 hp yamaha
5th wheel camper 34' Jayco
35+ rods and reels
6 big boxes of fishing gear along withmany smaller boxes as well
outdoor clothes of many kinds
hiking boots, canoeing shoes

Oh and before I forget my other hobbie... cycling
Klein Quantum Pro
Trek Sport 370
Specialized Ruby Pro (wife's $5500 bike)
two stationary trainers
shoes, hot weather riding clothes, cold weather riding clothes
misc gear too much to count!

I believe I am officially hobby gear poor...

What do I need next? ;-)

And what makes it funny is that it is basically just the wife and I, although a couple of the kids might go paddling on local streams once or twice a year.

Bruce
01/29/2011 09:21AM
3 canoes (1 solo two tandems)
4 tents (2-3 man, 1-2 man, 1 solo)
8 packs
4 bear vaults 2-big ones 2 small ones
4 stoves
enough kithen ware for 9 folks
4 pads
two sleeping bags
two saws
two axes
3 headlamps
1 CCS 15 x 15 tarp and 1 CCS 10 x 10 tarp
and a partridge in a pear tree


I just wanted to make sure I have enough so my sons and there friends and my friends have enough packs/tents and gear to get us all on the trail.

Definitely equipment poor...but wouldnt change a thing.

SunCatcher
overthehill
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01/29/2011 09:54AM
Me too. I can hardly pass up a yard/estate sale with 'gear/tool goodies' in it. If I see something cool on super clearance I usually grab it. It has been said that I'd buy a horse turd at a dime on the dollar.
01/29/2011 10:20AM
quote overthehill: "Me too. I can hardly pass up a yard/estate sale with 'gear/tool goodies' in it. If I see something cool on super clearance I usually grab it. It has been said that I'd buy a horse turd at a dime on the dollar."
That's funny OTH. I know what you mean. If I was to list both my tripping and fishing gear, it would be a long list.
rlhedlund
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01/29/2011 10:31AM
quote overthehill: "Me too. I can hardly pass up a yard/estate sale with 'gear/tool goodies' in it. If I see something cool on super clearance I usually grab it. It has been said that I'd buy a horse turd at a dime on the dollar."

LOL. I don't care who you are, now that's funny.
rlhedlund
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01/29/2011 10:39AM
One of the backpacks I bought at a yard sale had been to China and back before I came across it at $5. And I don't mean just because it was made there.
mrgreen
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01/29/2011 11:42AM
3 canoes
6 tents
6 sleeping pads of various types
9 paddles
8 sleeping bags
3 stoves
3 cooksets
2 saws
2 barrels and harnesses
7 backpacks
2 tarps
6 30 gal storage totes full of other things

BWPaddler
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01/29/2011 12:35PM
4 canoes presently
8 paddles
100 life vests from infant to huge (almost serious here)
8 sleeping bags (3 non-BWCA type)
9 sleeping mats + 3 inflatable beds
6 closed-cell pads
4 stoves (6 burners total)
2 water filters (1 MIA here somewhere)
1 steripen
2 cook sets (donated one recently)
probably 30 pounds of camping food
utensil stash that would rival Nojo's I bet
1 fry pan, 1 griddle
1 external frame backpack
3 waterproof portage packs (GG, Cabela's, no-name)
4 canvas portage packs (GG, Camp Trails)
5 hammocks (2 mesh, 2 nylon, 1 nylon/net)
4 tents
?? compasses, flashlights, lanyards
Maps and more maps
3 sets of Beymer's BWCA books (3 different editions)
4 headlamps
2 silnylon tarps
1 nylon tarp
?? cheapo tarps, drop cloths, shower curtains
4 pr water shoes/sandals (+2 brand new on deck just in case)

Can't even go into the motor boats, sailboat, snowshoes, skis, etc. and who knows what ancient stuff is in the garage that just cannot be parted with whenever it's considered. Says something (strange) when you just like LOOKING at something that's intended for outdoor fun.
01/29/2011 01:13PM
1. I am not going to make a list.
2. I am not done yet.
3. I am so pleased to know I am not alone.
Thanks,
Boppa
oldgentleman
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01/29/2011 08:26PM
My trouble is that I have too many hobbies. Yes I have four canoes, also a duck boat and a fishing boat, 4 pairs of snowshoes, 7 or 8 fly rods (not counting the antique split-cane beauties), dozens of spinning rods, 3 sets of golf clubs, multiple chain saws, logging tools, antiques, the list goes on and on.

We won't even talk about my other hobbies.

I want to take up sailing but my wife doesn't think it's a good idea.
eagle93
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01/30/2011 10:12AM
Only 3 canoes currently, sold 2
15 paddles
8 tents
7 sleeping bags
10 stoves (not counting green suitcases -5)
6 cooksets- 4 are different sizes, makes
only 6 packs, NEED MORE
3 water filters, and a filter bottle
1 MSR MIOX
enough fishing poles for the students I guide
other misc gear too numerous to mention
01/30/2011 04:32PM
Boji is out in the woods this weekend, but I'm sure he'll chip in here.
1 open pit kayak (tandem)
4 tents
1 hammock w/ cat-cut hex tarp
1 underquilt
6 CCF pads
6 sleeping bags
3 1st Aid kits
6 or 8 nalgene bottles(not really sure, I'd have to dig a bit)
3 PFD's (various sizes)
3-4 paddles (one is a double end, pull apart kayak paddle that converts to two)
2 fishing rods (broke one last summer and haven't replaced it ...yet)
1 trail axe
1 hatchet
3 multi-tools
1 SWK
1 Svea 123 stove
a matching Optimus wind screen and pot stand for the Svea
2 fuel bottles
various biners, straps, rings, buckles, bungees, etc.
various old pots of various sizes (I think it's 5 pots)
2 or 3 mess kits (again, it's been a while since i dug everything out)
2 water filters
2 canoe chairs + 1 old metal boat chair
1 Sven saw
1 Kelty 5400 pack
3-5 daypacks
4 fanny packs
2 dry sacks 55L and 30L
various stuff sacks (somewhere around 10 or 12)
tackle box with tackle and a filet knife
only 1 pair boots
a few pairs of gym shoes/walking shoes
2-3 bandanas
2 poly-wool undershirts
poly wool long johns
rain shell
wool socks 8-10 pairs
my hat
only 1 pair convertible pants (tan, of course)
Pendleton wool shirt
British Army wool sweater (I really like it cause it's got leather shoulders and elbows)
3-4 compasses
(and I'm trying to make a fire piston, but not having much success yet)
As posted elsewhere on this board, I'm looking at new OTB boots, PFD, knife(s)...

Bicyles
Frejus touring bike - I use only for road work
Schwinn 15 Speed moutain bike
Schwinn Tandem (original from 1966, needs more work than I have time for)
bike parts...too many floating around the garage and basement
Dbor5301
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01/30/2011 06:29PM
I finished my annual cleanup of my outdoor gear. This year I tried something new. I took everything out of my storage bins and spread it out so I could pack like stuff together. Between fishing and camping it is obscene how.much crap I have. Case in point - I found a portable fishfinder I bought 4 years ago and forgot I had it. Stayed using my old Eagle, which works just fine so why did I buy the other one??? Still, I cannot wait for the next REI sale.
BWPaddler
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01/30/2011 08:09PM
I forgot to count the 2 kayaks and kayak paddles... it never ends.

Someone please start a GA group (gearhead-anonymous) and I'll be the first participant. Sad, really.
01/31/2011 02:24PM
My list was too long and wouldn't upload with multiple tries...
01/31/2011 07:56PM
oh boy...I forgot a few things...
2 self inflating sleep pads
1 electric Coleman lantern
3 headlamps
5 other flashlights
a second rain shell in a slightly smaller size
2 poly tarps
2-3 palstic ponchos (yeah...that's a Sears poncho)
USArmy poncho liner
2 cast iron Dutch ovens
1 cast iron fry pan 8"
1 cast iron griddle

Virtually ALL of this equipment(except the Svea 123) was obtained AFTER 1999, the year I lost all my old gear in a basement flood

Crap, now I'm going to have to pull everything out and reorganize it all...
Who started this thread anyway?!?!?!
01/31/2011 10:03PM
All I can say is WOW. You all need a 12 step program bad!!! Hi my name is {your name here} and I collect way too much stuff. Let me offer my intervention services anytime you all want to get rid of some of your stuff :)
lean
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02/01/2011 12:20PM
GOOD GRAVY! and i thought i was bad!
BWPaddler
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02/01/2011 12:24PM
quote gsfisher13: "All I can say is WOW. You all need a 12 step program bad!!! Hi my name is {your name here} and I collect way too much stuff. Let me offer my intervention services anytime you all want to get rid of some of your stuff :)"
Oh thank you! Just as soon as I reach that step, I'll be shipping off a crate COD to your house. :)
02/01/2011 01:29PM
After reading this thread I now realize I'm not alone...

BUT, I will not post my gear list... It would take a week or more just to inventory.
wetcanoedog
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02/01/2011 01:51PM
a couple photos are worth a heap of words..

02/01/2011 06:32PM
quote BWPaddler: "quote gsfisher13: "All I can say is WOW. You all need a 12 step program bad!!! Hi my name is {your name here} and I collect way too much stuff. Let me offer my intervention services anytime you all want to get rid of some of your stuff :)"
Oh thank you! Just as soon as I reach that step, I'll be shipping off a crate COD to your house. :)"


Postage only right :) I'm okay with that.
OBX2Kayak
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02/01/2011 06:34PM
I, too, have too much gear to list, but I'm glad to hear there are many others with the same problem.

It really hurt when I recently let go of my fifth kayak ... the one with three holes in the bottom. Gave it to some kids to use as a parade float.
pswith5
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02/01/2011 08:58PM
Lets see...0 canoes :( sold mine a couple years back. I am storing the brother-in-laws. ( I am looking for a steal on a lightweight canoe...wink,wink) 5 packs, 6-7 stoves 15 lanterns, that's a collection dating back to 1929. 6 paddles, probably 10 sleeping bags, but I have 5 kids so that's not too many. 3-4 cook kits, 5 headlamps, more flashlights than I can count, 3 tents.....It always seemed like a lot of stuff til I started reading other lists. I also use the excuse that I am gathering numbers for when my kids all want to go camping. So far only one has fallen in love with the bwca.
BWPaddler
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02/01/2011 09:50PM
quote wetcanoedog: "a couple photos are worth a heap of words..

"

ummm yeah, esp the lanterns!

I don't really have an excuse, but I do love it when I can help outfit someone to come along or try something on their own. That's what the gear's for...
BWPaddler
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02/01/2011 09:52PM
quote pswith5: "I also use the excuse that I am gathering numbers for when my kids all want to go camping. So far only one has fallen in love with the bwca."
20% and fingers crossed it keeps growing. One at a time ps, one at a time.
rlhedlund
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02/02/2011 05:54AM
I feel better now knowing I am not alone. :)

Just think what your 401K could have been????
02/03/2011 10:50PM
quote rlhedlund: "I feel better now knowing I am not alone. :)


Just think what your 401K could have been????"


rl,
We are investing..... in the 401K of "Life's Adventures"

Isn't this a fun little thread?

@ WCD, I to like to be able to have some "stuff" to help some folks out who are going and maybe less fortunate. It helps them to be able to use the stuff.
SunCatcher
02/10/2011 11:46AM
quote lean: "GOOD GRAVY! and i thought i was bad!"

What?...this is bad?? :)
02/10/2011 12:12PM
If I had the $$$, I'd probably have 10 different ways to sleep! I've already got a 2man tent, a bivy tent, a hammock w/bug net, a REALLY big mosquito net (4'x8' I think) and 2 tarps ... oh yeah, and 2 more tents ..... yup. Maybe it's a good thing I'm broke most of the time :)
 
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