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Essential camping gear? aerobed? cot? etc. specific items

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by pg600rr, May 8, 2012.

  1. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    It is not a world of men, GT.

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  2. globetrotter

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    seriously
     
  3. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    From another perspective, in the late 60's I went backpacking for 10 days with 8 guys in the mountains of New Mexico while in Boy Scouts. This was the old school, pre-nylon, pre-fleece, era when everything was fairly heavy canvas, cotton or metal

    We each carried:
    a sleeping bag
    poncho
    1 plate 1 spoon and a swiss army knife
    matches
    extra socks
    one extra pair of shorts
    3 t shirts 3 underwear (we burned our used clothing along the way to cut down on weight)
    a few candles
    sweatshirt
    toothpaste, toothbrush
    2 qt canteen

    As a group, we split up the rest by weight and each carried some of the following
    -dehydrated food
    -axe
    -saw
    -frying pan
    -large pot
    -4 tarps and rope (no tents, they were too heavy)
    -First aid kit
    -some minor cleaning supplies, TP and one large spoon

    Having very little we were able to move quickly and efficiently. We were in two major all night rain storms but managed to stay dry.

    This worked, but for the same amount of weight today with so many amazing advances in lightweight equipment we could have been in the lap of luxury.
     
  4. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I read this thread prior to taking my wife on her very first camping trip. We came prepared with great food and lots of comforts. Including pillows. Being in Big Sur helps too.

    The last full day it started to rain and I was thinking of what Mbogo wrote ^^^^^ about camping in the rain. So we bailed early and headed home. Brilliant advice. She had a blast. Was happy to avoid muddy conditions and we left the beautiful coast on a high note. She wants to go back again. Mission Accomplished!
     
  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    Congrats on making her first experience a positive one.
     
  6. scarphe

    scarphe Senior member

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    1 knife
    1 machete
    1 bow
    matches
     

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