My Gear!

Everything below is kit that I own and use routinely when camping, canoe tripping, hiking, and hunting.  If you are looking to get some ideas on buying new gear the information below may help.  Some of the kit is expensive, but most is moderately priced.  I tend to avoid spending a lot of money and try and find gear that is durable yet priced right for my wallet.

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Backpacks / Dry Bags / Field Pouches

Sleep Systems:  Tents & Hammocks

Sleeping Bags & Blankets

Cooking / Meal Prep / Mess Kit

Wood Prep:  Saws and Axes

Knives

Solo Canoe

Navigation & Sat Communication

ALICE PACKS

For day backpacking, bushcrafting, and maybe spending a night or two outdoors I use either a medium or large Alice Pack.

Medium sized Alice Pack.

Medium sized Alice Pack.

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SEAL-LINE DRY BAGS

When canoe tripping on multi-night trips a good dry bag is a must.

SealLine Boundary Pack Bag 115L

SealLine Boundary Pack Bag, fantastic dry bags in various sizes.

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SLEEP SYSTEMS:  TENTS

LUXE TEMPO 2 MAN TENT

I like a little more room than what a single man tent provides.  This one works great and has fantastic ventilation with full rain fly coverage.  Larger versions also available.

Luxe Tempo 2 man tent

Luxe Tempo 2 man tent

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SLEEPING BAGS, BLANKETS, PADS

JUNGLE BLANKET

Great for warmer spring and autumn night, and all through summer.  Very compact.

snugpack jungle blanket wrapped up

Snugpack Jungle Blanket, warm and very compact!

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WOOL BLANKET

80% Wool Blanket

80% Wool Blanket

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TETON 3 SEASON SLEEPING BAG

I rarely bring along a sleeping bag, but if it looks like my spring and fall camping will have colder nights I always bring this along.  Otherwise I just use my jungle blanket and or wool blanket.

Teton 3 season light sleeping bag

Teton 3 season light sleeping bag

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KLYMIT INSULATED STATIC V-LUXE SLEEPING PAD

Even in the summer months I use an insulated sleeping pad.  It rolls up nice and small and is light in the pack.

Klymit Insulated Sleeping Pad

Klymit Insulated Sleeping Pad

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COOKING / MEAL PREP / MESS KIT

SOLO STOVE AND SOLO POT

I love this thing.  It’s a twig stove that stores compactly inside the Solo Pot.  Best used for solo campers, or perhaps two people.  Larger sizes available.  Uses twigs and scrap pieces of vegetation to cook your food.  Works great!

solo-stove-solo-pot

Solo Stove and Solo Pot

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ETEKCITY ULTRALIGHT BACKPACKING STOVE

Carry it around in a case that measures around 3″ x 2″.  It weighs less than 4 ounces.  Just need a canister of Jet Boil to fuel it, which is also small and compact to carry.  I will carry this is a backup to my twig stove above.

etekcity ultralight backpacker stove

Etekcity ultralight backpacker stove

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TITANIUM SPORK

titanium spork

Titanium Spork

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HONEST OUTFITTERS MESS KIT

I usually don’t carry this with me unless my wife is going along camping.  Usually I get by just fine with my Solo Stove/Solo Pot combo and titanium spork.

Honest Portable Camping Cookware Mess Kit

Honest Portable Camping Cookware Mess Kit

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GSI 8″ FRY PAN

A must have for my canoe fishing trips!  Comes in various sizes.  Don’t forget to bring along a cheap spatula from home!

GSI Fry Pan

GSI Fry Pan

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SI OUTDOORS MINI ESPRESSO / COFFEE SET

Love this little coffee set.  Makes great coffee fast.  I use it on my twig stove, my mini burner… works great.  4 cup version is the best.  The 1 cup version just wouldn’t cut it.

GSI Outdoors mini espresso

GSI Outdoors mini espresso

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WOOD PREP: SAWS & AXES

AGAWA CANYON BOREAL 21 FOLDING SAW

It folds up into a straight piece of kit.  Unfold and snap it into place and you have a great hand saw for around the camp.  Light and portable.

Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Folding Saw

Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Folding Saw

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GRANSFOR BRUKS WILDLIFE 13.5 INCH HATCHET

This sweet little hatchet is the best I have ever owned.  I’ve only had it since May 2019.  It was given to me as a gift, and I simply love the thing.

Gransfors Bruks Hatchet

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GERBER 14 INCH HATCHET

Mine is all black.  I’ve had it for over twelve years now and it still is going strong.  Light yet hefty, and chops small to medium sized wood for the campfire like a champ.

Gerber 14 Inch Hatchet

Gerber 14 Inch Hatchet

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KNIVES

GERBER GATOR PREMIUM DROP POINT

Premium knife, full tang, S30v Stainless Steel… A very hard steel.  Keeps it edge.  I honed mine once, and now strop it to keep it nice and sharp.  4 inch drop point blade, perfect size, not too big or small.  Skinning, camping, bushcrafting, battening… Fantastic knife.

 

SWISS ARMY RANGER GRIP 78

In addition to my belt knife above I also carry this knife with me for longer trips like into the BWCA.  It is a good general use tool for around camp.  I have used the small saw a few times and the flat head screwdriver to fix a few things on my outings.  It’s not a small pocket knife, folded up it measures 5.1″.

Swiss Army Knife RangerGrip 78

Swiss Army Knife RangerGrip 78

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SOLO CANOE

OLD TOWN GUIDE 119

A good solo canoe for day tripping or even longer extended week long trips.  Stable, affordable, durable.

Old Town Guide 119

Old Town Guide 119

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BENDING BRANCHES SLICE SOLO 280cm PADDLE

I started out with a 250cm paddle and kept getting drips inside my canoe.  I switched to a longer paddle, this one, at 280cm and no more drips!

Bending Branches Slice Paddle, 280cm

Bending Branches Slice Paddle, 280cm

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GARMIN inREACH SE+

I’m old school and learned long ago to use a compass and map for land navigation.  Today I still carry, and will always carry, a map and compass with me.  The inReach SE+ is capable of land navigation as well, but the primary function I use it for is to check in with my wife at home when in areas outside of cell phone reach.  Also, it has an SOS feature in case I find myself in a serious medical situation when alone in the wilderness.  Peace of mind.

Garmin inReach SE+

Garmin inReach SE+

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BOY SCOUT COMPASS

I don’t have this new version seen below, mine is about thirty years old.  It works great, and nothing fancy or more than you need.  Affordable and functional.

boy scout compass

boy scout compass

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