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Old 01-24-2008, 09:26 AM
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I am planning a 3 night, hike in trip for mid spring. This will be my first camping/fishing trip! I need to be able to pack in - and want to make sure that I'm not overloaded! I currently fish an Orvis 4 piece and don't expect any problems on the hike in. Could any of you pros recommend what gear I should be thinking of? As with anything, I want to make sure I am prepared. Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:41 AM
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Get a list of what you think you need, then cut on half. After about a 25 lay off from back packing, I started back at the age of 44 and soon learned that a 44-47 year old man can not carry a 40 pound pack. I try to keep my packs under 21#s. Some things you need are
1, some way to filter or purify the water.
2, stove, a fire ban can ruin your trip if you don't have a stove. I use a jet boil, cup and stove together so I don't have to bring a cook kit.
3, First aid kit
4, light, I prefer head lamps.
5, tent or hammock
6, sleeping bag
8, I don't use waders, but good wadding sandals or boots.
9, I carry wind walker fishing pack, but tend to leave it at camp and stick a fly box in my pocket and hang tippit and clippers on my shirt.
10, Backcountry permit. I have been checked 3 times and each after the trip with a ranger sitting in the parking area when we came out.
11, I bring my 15yr old son, so I can load his pack down with the stuff I want but don't need. HA HA
12, I do bring bear spray, because my wife makes me. But it is better to be safe.
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:16 PM
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That looks like a pretty good list. We all have our own things that we like to bring but you covered the essentials. One thing that i would recommend to anyone that is serious about doing any backpacking frequently is a personal locator beacon. I got one for christmas and i'm going to put it to good use. I believe the name brand is SPOT and it was about $140 i think. You also have to pay a subscription fee every year to keep it activated, which is pricey, but it's cheap if you ever need it! With this particular plb, you have three functions: you can hit a button for 911, hit another button that will send a message, text to phone and email to whoever you choose that you need help (along with a link of your exact location using google earth), or hit a button to send a message to let others know that you are ok (also includes a link for your location).

It's a pretty neat gadget. I know it is kinda pricey, but other plb's out there are $500 or more. It is definitely a good thing to have, for nothing else to give yourself and your loved ones a little more peace of mind.

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Old 01-25-2008, 09:57 AM
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While most of the backcountry sites now have bear cables to hang your food from the last two time out I have had a big problem with mice...would like to see how they get up the cables, around the protectors, down the line to the packs and find my food....next time out I will bring something that is chew proof....and if you can, bring an extra rod.
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Old 01-25-2008, 10:15 AM
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WHat do most of you guys bring for food for a weekend trip? This seems to be alot of the weight in the pack.
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:13 PM
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I like grits in the morning so a couple of packs of instants are good...any of the dehydrated camp meals are good, instant soups, a little trail mix, a couple of energy bars and for a treat....take some foil, a lemon, a couple of those individual butter cups you find in restaurants, salt and pepper...keep a couple of those mountain trout and bake over the fire....
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