My Gear

In my quest for getting the right gear for the right conditions, a pack that I am comfortable with in which the load provides comfort and safety and after a year of weighing everything and tweaking like a gram weenie.. I have pretty much come to the conclusion that I am not an Ultra light guy and am very comfortable with having a light backpack.
I am sitting right at about 17 lbs base weight.  This is very comfortable, safe, and provides the comfort that I am looking for.
Having said that.. I probably won’t stop playing around with the load and new gear is always welcome.
Here is my current set up.

**Updated 10-25-14
Here is a list of my gear:
Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock
Warbonnet Super Fly
Top Quilt – Flight Jacket 20 degree from Underground Quilts
Under Quilt- Hammock gear Phoenix 3/4 length 20 degree 
Winter – Army Black bag 0 degree
Black Kat Alky Stove
Imusa aluminum mug
T-Fal One Egg wonder pan *not always in kit
REI long handle spoon
Zip Lock bowl with screw lid
GSI mug
2 Vargo fuel bottles

CLOTHING * this list is everything.  Seasons dictate what is carried and worn
Poly Pro long underwear
Nike Synthetic top
Wool Socks
Sock Liners
North Face Denali gloves
Marmot glove liners
Down booties
Columbia Sportswear winter hat w/ Omni Heat
Black Rick Down beenie
Columbia Sportswear pants w/Omni Heat
Columbia Sportswear Hail Tech pants
REI E1 parka
Mountain Hardware Nutshell Gaitors
Wrist gators/warmers
Silva compass
Digital thermometer
Nite Ize relective rope (extra line)
Fire Paste
SPOT beacon
extra lighter
toilet paper and Bio Bags
MSR Titanium stakes (5)
Sawyer Mini squeeze filter modified to gravity feed
ULA Ohm 2.0

Just a note on weight.  The base weight (no food or water) of this load is 17 lbs.  I do not skimp on comfort and warmth.
Like I have I said in the past, I am not a gram weenie.  I shave weight because I want be comfortable when I hike.
This load also includes the winter clothing that I will have for the next couple months.
This weight fluctuates by about 3 lbs in the summer.
If you have any questions, please ask.

Have a Great Scouting Day!


  1. I like this list; we’ve not yet done the kind of camping that requires this kind of gear that is completely “man-portable,” but I do see a Philmont adventure in our future!

    We’ve built a list for summer camp excursions; it builds on the Council-provided list, but adds items we’ve deemed necessary based on a few years experience — like a toy rake for clearing twigs and sticks under the tent site and tent fans. There are a lot of items that we take that duplicate items in the Troop Trailer (first aid items, for instance), and we don’t have any cooking gear here (thanks Dining Hall!).

    Anything we’re missing?:


  2. Our troop has made the leap to a backpacking from car/scout trailer camping format. I/ we have a LOT to learn. Thanks for the List. Just one thing we are in Jacksonville Florida and rain is a frequent guest on our trips. What do you do rain gear?


  3. Of course after I ask a question I found the answer in the list. Sorry, my dad told me I would need no help being dumb. I guess he was right. LoL


    1. Well, we are in Oregon and if it isn’t raining we are not sure if we are camping or not… So Rain gear is a must.
      We recommend that Scouts do not wear poncho’s as they tend to become capes.
      We wear rain pants and rain jackets.
      I personally use Columbia Sportswear pants and the Frogg Toggs jacket. Light weight and breathable.
      Thanks for the question.. and yep.. I have not needed any assistants in the dump category either.


  4. We had an older advisor who had worked in Scouts for almost 50 years who camped with us. Farmer, war vet, and all around modern day frontiersman, he was a treasure trove of scouting information and one of the reasons I stayed in Scouting for so long. He carried a hatchet on his belt whenever he went camping or hiking. It was an old hand forged head from the early 1800’s that his grandfather forged and it had a hand carved cedar handle and a leather sheath he made himself. Although I would not call it light he was never without it. It was his opinion that you should always “be prepared” and that if you were truly in a survival situation you had to do 2 things above all others. Make a shelter and a fire. If you could swing that you could make up for a host of “outdoor sins” as he called them. He said you would die from old age before you could make a proper shelter or maintain a fire for multiple days with a pocket knife. He was quite the man and example and I don’t hike or pack without my hatchet. You posted a very nice article on scouting traditions or things that made our troops different. Our troop had several but when I think back it was the hatchets hanging off belts that I remember. Thanks for the excellent blog, it has been a very real pleasure reading it. You are doing Scouting a service by sharing it.


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