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What's your favorite piece of gear you have in your kit?

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Backpacking chair. I hate sitting on wet muddy ground and the chair also has enough support to lean back.

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Yucca pack, goes on most every trip.

 

Stosh

I think you have mentioned that before, I had to look it up. :).

 

Why ? What I saw was a canvas pack with unpadded WB strapping. Cost looked good though.

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Yucca pack, goes on most every trip.

 

Stosh

I have three of them, even the one I had as a scout in the 1960's. :) I even used it as a book bag throughout college.

Why? It holds very comfortably everything one would need for a weekend outing. With plastic bag packed items, it is virtually indestructible. The last time I used it was on my vacation last month. It holds 9 days of change of clothes easily. The outer loops allow for a blanket bedroll as well. If the unpadded straps and lack of waist belt bothers you, a tump line thru the flap makes it an easy carry because it does to get overloaded on occasion. And as far as durability goes? the canvas wears like iron. I don't know how many times I have worn out nylon packs over the years, but they come and go, but the Yuccas are still there on the shelf, kinda like an old friend you can count on.

 

On an extensive trek, I take two and like duffles wear one on my back and another on the front to distribute weight. Neither are as large as duffles, combined probably carry as much as one duffle, but the weight is distributed front and back. No frame makes it easy to simply drop in the bottom of the canoe, run a rope through the straps and off you go. If you don't have a piece of rope, just unclip the strap, wrap a thwart and reclip. Couldn't be easier.

 

Stosh

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My Buck 110 folder. It was a 16th birthday present and I have used it ever since. Sure, there are more lightweight knives, but my Buck seems to find it's way onto my belt every time I head to the woods.

 

I have only used it once, but a close second would be my hammock.

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I'd have to say my homemade hammock. It makes hot nights (above 70) bearable in terms of temperature, and is much easier on my back than the ground.

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Hey Duckfoot -- I haven't been on the forum as much as I used to -- the Camelbak I bought was the Alpine Explorer model, which I recall was around $85, full-price, at the time.

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Clear Nalgene with a solar light for a lid; the Nalgene light charges during the days activities. Now my water bottle is my flashlight, and I can hang it on the loop inside my tent, making it a lantern. When you can get one piece of gear to replace three (well two, I'd never pack a lantern) it's a very good day.

 

Less is more is my camping motto, and I try not to carry anything that can't be used for multiple purposes.

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Yucca pack, goes on most every trip.

 

Stosh

Yucca packs rock! My original from the '70s is long gone, but I have a couple others that I use regularly. Simple and tough.

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I have a Korean-war era GI canteen cup that I've had since my scouting days in the '70s...can't imagine being outdoors without it. I also have a BSA metal match safe, circa '76, that I carry.

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Most useful would be my swiss army knife, the little saw is much handier than I thought it would be. The thing I would hate to loose the most is my scout sheath knife, been carrying it since '73. on pretty much every campout or hile I take

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The Estwing one piece hatchet my dad gave me. Still use it, use it in IOLS Woods tool training.

Scoutson just gave me a NEW Estwing hatchet for Christmas! Boy, the comparison... a half inch shorter blade from all those years of sharpening...

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