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Old 10-28-2010, 10:54 AM   #11
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Sir; how about a few garbage bags;{leaf bags}
how about some zip ties; {much can be snugged together}
Tampon's; work well for both you and her/them in case of a large wound

you have a well thought out pack

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Old 10-29-2010, 01:49 AM   #12
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I'd add at least one 1qt. water container, a sillcock key, Imodium and a couple Millennium bars.
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You need to lighten up this trip should take 5 days at the most.
Dump :
Road maps...you have travelled this route many times
sleeping pad...why do you need that with a hammock
sharpie, map pen, sheets of paper, daily log...you can write the novel later
you are X2 on a lot of stuff.....added weight
large survival book

The main focus IMHO is food, the bare minimum in clothing,(military ecwcs is light and waterproof) good boots and plenty of socks and underwear to prevent blisters and gaulding. Water is another issue. I would start heavy with 2 3liter camelbacks and then rely on aqua tabs. Use your hammock and dump the sleeping pad, the tarp you intend to get will provide your shelter. REmember you will also be carrying approx. 10 more pounds with the AR and ammo. Test some different configurations for weight and go with your gut. I think you are adding too much weight trying to prepare for every possible thing that could go wrong.....just my .02 cents. Sunscreen in winter, bugspray in winter?....there is a 1/2 lb.

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Good man 556, just what I was after. I think you confirmed what I thought with "I think you are adding too much weight trying to prepare for every possible thing that could go wrong...". I'm certainly prone to this issue and I think a lot of this stems from this bag serving two roles. I need to get two bags or cut this one down to what it needs to be. I go camping with a lot of guys who are perpetually under prepared and I nothing stokes my ego like saying "You need X? Oh I got that." Course see how my ego feels when I'm humping three extra pounds of **** I don't need when it counts. By just running the numbers of average walking speed divided by the miles I have to cover, I'm running too much weight if I plan on this being a "Get home" bag.

Appreciate it.

Neophyte1, garbage bags are a solid idea as are a few zip ties. Little to no weight for multiple applications. Thanks!

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Tampons are good, but don't forget sanitary napkins.

They make excellent field dressings and don't weigh hardly anything.

I pack 'em.

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I really need to weigh this thing and start cutting it down I think.
Why not split it up into 2 bags and make that ex-girlfriend carry one?
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JR36: You will be okay because of your concern for preparedness.
From your initial list you were well prepared to spend a week at Boy Scout Camp...not hike 75 miles. Someone could have probably tracked you by the trail of discarded items. I've only had one major hike in my life, (60 miles in New Mexico over 5 days) so I'm no expert but the pounds seem to multiply times 2 after 5 miles or so. I have done several 12-15 milers with all my gear so I know a little bit about it.....A good fitting pack can make the added weight a little more bearable.

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Am I the only one that thinks his "ex-girlfriend" oughta carry any god damn thing?

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Shes more of a hiker than I am so I'm sure I could toss some stuff in her pack and take some of the weight.

I'm in the process of cutting down my pack now. I'm going to try to weigh it before and after just to see the difference. Odds are next time I'm back home I'll saddle it up and go tearing through the woods and get an idea of its actual weight.

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Sounds good. Let us know how it works out.

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