Hey everyone. I thought I would place on this website something I've been compiling on paper/notes over the past few months since I moved to Colorado. I've been comfortable and used to using minimal gear to get by for a few days over the course of my outdoorsmanship and consider myself pretty efficient out in the field, but am becoming much more interested in longer expeditions and would like some advice.
As soon as May hits I want to make the most of my opportunities and get out there and have fun. I was able to get some decent packing in over the late summer and fall, but want to kick it up a notch. (Primarily in high altitude environments, and plan to be in that sort of area most of the time over my expeditions.) However, I want to be adequately prepared and make sure that I've crossed all my t's and dotted my i's. That is why I am seeking the advice of you good people on here.
Tentatively, I have come up with an Outdoorsman's Kit of some sorts, following a "Favorable Five" outline. That is to say, I have five essential areas I want to have my bases covered in. This is what I have come up with thus far. I'm just asking for some suggestions or recommendations from ya'll. Note: I will definitely be flexible with my needs.
The Outdoorsman’s Kit
The easiest way to explain this kit is to have the items necessary to do extended hikes in and around the High Rockies of Colorado area. I've used much less gear than this in the past and have been able to do weekend treks with ease, but want to be able to have gear comfortably for a week. Outside of these listed items I plan on having a fanny pack equipped with essentials and a mini CamelBak pack that I already have that is lightweight and is it's own little unit and has some items that I have not listed below (fishing kit, whistle/mirror, etc.)
Items that are bolded, I already have and feel I have use/feel for and will keep. The rest I need to acquire. Most importantly -- the right pack. I don't have anything big enough for all these items right now -- and would gladly appreciate input on that. (Really interested in the High Sierra 50/65 L externals)
Shelter and Care Devices
Devices that are easily transportable that provide shelter and warmth from external conditions.
(1) Versatile Tarp
(1) Thermal Emergency Bivvy
(1) Custom First Aid and Healthcare Kit
(1) Portable Tent/Shelter
(1) Sleeping Bag/Sleeping Pad
Fire Starting, Lighting and Visibility
Devices essential to starting fires, creating visibility and producing light. Always have versatility in ways to create one of survivals most essential elements.
(1) Headlamp (with extra batteries)
(1) Rechargeable Flashlight
(1) Pack of Lighters
(1) Tinder/Match Kit
(1) Magnesium Flint
Weaponry and Utility
Self-explanatory. Looking for some advice on small game weaponry (gun).
(1) Folding Knife
(1) Gerber Paraframe II Knife/Saw
(1) Midsized Machete
(1) 50 ft. Paracord
Technology, Guidance and Location
(1) GPS on Cell Phone
(1) Solar Charger
(1) Midland Radio 22 Mile Radius
Food and Cookery
(1) Small Cooking Kit
(1) CamelBak Water System
(1) Stainless Steel Water Container
(1) Iodine Tablets & Water Purification
(Open to suggestions for better long-term rations.)
Outside of that, I always bring some sort of reading and writing devices. Keeps me sane. Harmonica as well.
Comments, Questions, Suggestions and EVERYTHING IS WELCOME.