What is your favorite piece of gear you own, /out/?
Mine is my space saver mug, often i'll forego a mess kit and just bring this, fits a can of chili, 20oz of water, 2 packs of ramen, etc. and it fits on the bottom of a nalgene bottle.
That headlamp is pretty great. I have been using flashlights like a poor person for way too long.
I have a pot and bowl that snug in on each other and have a cover that strings them up. I can fit a mini stove inside. /cosy/
My favourite piece of kit when I'm actually out is usually the stuff I wouldn't care to mention, but water tight compression sacks. Keeps everything tidy and dry (for as long as I can manage anyway).
Not technically a single item, but I use them as one: SOL Escape bivvy and Thermolite extreme liner. Takes up next to no space or weight and gets me down to 40F in shorts and a T shirt, lower with thermals, insanely low if I bring a sleeping bag. Otherwise just these, a GI poncho/tarp and a pad.
honestly prolly my Pentax K-50. It doesn't afraid of hard knocks, cold, rain, mud or dirt
>can be used in so many ways
>hang it up or plonk it straight in the fire. It won't care
>build like a tank and a half
>can pack all my cooking stuff inside
>you can cook multiple things at once without mixing ypur ingredients
>also its cheap.
>the D rings on the skillet/pan is so you can stick a stick through for a longer handle that won't get hot. I honestly don't know why more sets have this feature its fantastic
I've had it longer then /out/ has existence and the only thing that's worn is the paint and a tiny bit of dull rust inside one of the hinges I can't quite get to or rather. I havnt bothered
Merino wool long johns....expensive as fuck...100 for bottoms 120 for top. But super comfortable and truly wicks moisture away...you can hike three miles, pull off your pack and the wind won't chill your back...best money I ever spent.....warm as hell too.
I'm quite fond of my Guide 10+ Adventure Kit.
Got to keep those consumer electronics charged.
Thank you. I'm looking to get my first mug/small pot for solo trips where I would'nt need any other cooking gear or stove, since I always light a fire anyways. Right now I carry a full fucking trangia-set because that's what I have.
back about a year ago i camped in an area where the soil was almost entirely slate tailings, my alloy pegs got banana'd into uselessness and i almost lost the tent in the night's gales.
i got a bit upset.
these replacement pegs are made out of stainless rebar, bent with an acetylene torch and a cheater bar. they weigh half a pound each. just hefting one makes me smile.
My most common dinner is to boil a bag of brown rice and add a can of chili, its more than enough volume for that. For breakfast its far more than enough volume to boil water for oatmeal packets and coffee in one go.
I've tried to make the freeze dried stuff according to the manufacturer's instructions and gave up years ago
2 cups of boiling water never sufficiently rehydrates them
I'm sure it's the altitude, so I have a whole different protocol when making those things
>before leaving repack in zip lock since the supplied bag is useless
>dump contents into pot
>cover with water and stir
>let sit 20 minutes
>fire up stove
>bring to boil, stirring
>boil for 5 minutes
>let sit 10 minutes
>check if rehydrated, if not boil again
Cooking is hard at 12,000ft
2lbs is a lot.
I’d rather go farther each day, or carry 2lbs more food so I can stay out longer.
Besides, I cook dinner at the end of the day, so it’s not like I have a ton of shit to do.
And there are some meals I just won’t cook when I’m really high