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unclebear 02-27-2013 06:48 AM

Scout Load Out
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Ok I've been camping for years since I was 5, I've been going to a family friends piece of land (with permission), no ones really been back there in years all there kids have moved off and most of there family lives out west. My dad, my brother in law and me. Go camping out there them to get away and me to look around and see what I can find, we find a new camping spot everytime we go out and I usually find something new most of the time I'm out there. So since I've been doing this type of camping I have my standard hiking gear all 100+ pounds of it then I got my scouting gear. Which consist of a bag, a canteen, my knife, and a hatchet. I usually keep matches, food, ammo, a knife sharpener, extra socks, and a small pouch for tools,twine and what ever else I might need in the bag and carry my mossberg 702 plinkster with me. Does anyone else do this type of thing?

longunner 02-27-2013 11:27 AM

Sounds like a lot of fun, wish I could say I did it too

KG7IL 02-27-2013 03:10 PM

Back when I was in better shape, I thought 75 lbs was my limit.

I am all for lightening the load. My equipment was not so much survivalist, but more extended backpacking.
Haven't done any of this in years. (Wife, Kids, Work, you know the usual)

locutus 02-27-2013 10:33 PM

I humped 75 pounds up and down the Rockies until I was almost 50. Now, at 68, I really enjoy my camping trailer!:D

TLuker 02-28-2013 01:39 AM

I used to camp all the time, not that I really thought of it as camping. Me and friends would just put up a tarp to sleep under and catch fish or whatever to eat. Dinner might be fresh catfish, venison, or whatever was handy. I remember catching bass and putting them over some coals for a quick snack while waiting for a deer hind quarter buried in the same coals to finish cooking - The rest of that night was Budweiser and playing Led Zeppelin on the guitar by the camp fire. Life was good.

Like I said I never really thought of it as camping. I would just end up somewhere by a river, on a lake, in a swamp, or in the woods and eventually go back home at some point. Summers were pretty much one long camping trip. I really haven't done a lot of camping since I finished school, and they aren't near as much fun now. I guess I never really got used to captivity after spending my childhood and teenage years being wild as a weed. A weekend camping trip is just enough to make me want to go native. :(

JTJ 02-28-2013 02:42 AM


Originally Posted by locutus (Post 1157015)
I humped 75 pounds up and down the Rockies until I was almost 50. Now, at 68, I really enjoy my camping trailer!:D

I would love to have a small camping trailer. I have a 28' 5th wheel I have to haul around to keep the wife happy. Not really camping but comfortable.

unclebear 02-28-2013 04:33 AM

It's comes in real handy when we go out in the big woods, I usually go out a few miles from camp to have a walk around I can usually get dinner and maybe find some good hunting spots sometimes I find things people drop or just things most people havent seen in a while. It also comes in handy because any back packers know that carrying a hundred plus pound pack can wear you out after a few miles.

chloeshooter 02-28-2013 10:42 AM

Sounds like my hunting pack. I probably enjoy scouting for locations as much as taking game....

JTJ 02-28-2013 02:37 PM

I hike in the local desert once a week and use a small back pack that has a frame to keep the pack separated from your back. Cuts the sweat factor way down. Mine came from Austria but Cabelas sells a hunting pack that does the same thing. I carry a hydration bladder, first aid, lunch, spare batteries for the GPS etc. I much prefer the bladder to canteens or bottles.

unclebear 02-28-2013 07:18 PM

I had a couple of different bladders but I keep getting holes in the things I don't know how it happens but it does. So I just use canteens now and I usually carry a bottle or two of water just in case I get a whole or the thing breaks on me.

Murphy's law...

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