Anyhow, the concept there is something I have been after for a hunting carry for a while now. I really enjoyed he simplicity and effectiveness of the set up... not too heavy, not over crowded, fully and completely functional. I decided to do some cogitation... Given the gear I have and say $100 what could I come up with that would work as well with the same qualities?
I considered a number of options. First, and because I have them around, I decided one of my Maxpedition bags would be a solid platform to use as a basis. Currently, I have three bags that might qualify; A Versipak Jumbo, A Versipak Colossus, a 10 x 4 Bottle carrier, and a Noatak Gearslinger. I have some other stuff I could use too but these things are bullet proof. I figure it we're going to rig it up and spend some time with it, it should last.
Then I stopped, realizing I had gone into this backwards as I do sometimes.... What was it I really needed in the kit? Forget the bag for a second... I figured if I could sort that out ahead of time, I could probably match up a bag down the line... So I did. The final list of carry items sorted out as follows:
- Trangia Burner with handy scrap metal grate slats
- 5 x 7 UL MEST Tarp from BC Outfitters pre rigged with tie out lines.
- Small, Joelproof fire kit (tiny but workable)
- Snow Peak Ti Cup and lid
- Nalgene 32 oz water bottle
- 12 oz reserve flask for more water
- Thermarest Stadium Seat
- Tent Stakes ( Note on this: Item #1 to buy... I found 6" Titanium stakes that seem tough as nails. I need to try them out but they are promising... Field Report is forthcoming)
- 550 Cordage - 12 extra feet should cover it
- Eye Drops
- Deet Spray
- Lip Balm
- PSK (This is another whole post... It started in a tin and turned into an E&E pouch)
- Leatherman Wave
- Fixed Blade something or other
- Small Radio
Now I need to get it put together. With any luck I'll even get done by the weekend... :) 6 days and a wakeup, BABY! Squirrel Season 2013! Woooo Hoooo!