Okay, so I was asked to start a camping thread because we talk about it a lot in [chat] and I figured why the hell not.
My name is John Amateurhour and I like the outdoors. I may be an amateur, but I know how to outdoors like Grizzly goddamn Adams.
So here's the deal. Camping is a lifestyle. Some of you did it as children, some of you have never set foot outdoors, and some of you (well, me) spend every weekend outdoors living under the stars and practicing survival skills because they secretly regret that they never got to get closer to their Native American heritage that they just discovered five years ago.
Camping got REALLY popular about 100 years ago, when guys like Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt realized that we had all this great frontier that good men had settled, but as we were growing, we needed to have responsibility for that frontier so we didn't cut it all down to make cities
They, along with the Sierra Club and it's founder John Muir, worked hard to make sure that everyone for generations to come would have a place to go
Okay, enough history.
Some of you read stories like Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
or One Man's Wilderness
, which was the true story of Richard Proenneke
, who turned 50 and decided to go live in the frozen woods of Alaska, build a cabin with his hands, and survive.
I read these stories years ago, and as I approached my 30s I started to notice an emptiness. I realized I was missing something in life, something from my past I couldn't quite figure out. I had a good job, a house, a wife, why was I missing something? About two years ago I got into archery. I started making selfbows (bows made from a single piece of wood, or stave) and spending more time outdoors. In doing so I noticed all the parks in the area, and that the lake I liked to fish on had primitive camping on its islands. I started camping more, first with friends, from our cars and on camp sites in tents with a lot of accessories, and then by myself or with my dog(s), just enjoying the outdoors in a more primitive setting.
About a year ago I discovered bushcraft and the idea that someone could go out with minimal gear and just make the tools they needed to set up camp and find their own food. I've spent the last year really focusing my attention on that and I've never been happier.
So let's talk about camping. Hell we can even talk about GLAMPING, or GLAM-CAMPING, where you have some big monstrosity of an RV and you literally bring your home with you into the woods and drain electricity and burn fossil fuels in the forest.
I don't dig glamping, but I'll allow it because at least people are outdoors.
Let's talk about Pokemon Go and how it's getting kids outdoors, some of them for the first time. Is that a good thing!? Will they eventually put down the phones and realize there's an entire world of critters that physically exist, right in front of them?
But mostly let's just talk about how great it is to get out in the woods and be one with nature. I hike, I walk 10 miles through the woods and see deer that don't even notice me other than to nod in approval. I see raccoons planning to steal my dinner.
Life is good.
That's a motto that hangs over the entrance to a place I visit often, and it's a motto I try to keep with me during the week when I'm not outside.
Now let's talk gear too!
I have two packs.
The first is this fella!
It's the 3V Paratus 3 Day Operators (shut up) Pack. It's tacticool but it's molle compatible and holds all of my gear when I want a 20+ bushcraft pack for 5 days out in the wild.
This is what I usually carry in it.
- water bottle (army canteen with insulated belt pouch)
- cook cup (camp mug, with a penny stove inside)
- 1 quart pot with wire hanger
- small pouch of coffee and tea bags
- coffee/tea filter
- dehydrated meals
- salt, pepper, and tobasco sauce
- bush knife
- jack knife
- folding saw
- long firesteel
- bic lighter x2
- paracord (100ft and 30ft)
- heavy duty ground tarp
- mosquito net for hammock
- sleeping pad
- diy survival blanket underquilt (ultralight)
- wool blanket
- lightweight 40f sleeping bag
- 25 stormproof matches in waterproof case
- tinder (cotton and dry wood)
- first aid kit
- 2 containers of stove fuel
- trail compass (sighting compass with lens)
- knife sharpeners
- inflatable lantern (solar powered)
- candle lantern (ultralight)
- 03 pairs of socks
- 02 pairs of sleeping socks
- 03 pairs of t-shirts (need to get one more pack of t-shirts)
- 03 pairs of underwear
- 01 pairs of long pants
- 01 pairs of shorts
- dopp kit (includes)
- gold bond powder
- allergy meds
- heartburn meds
- knit cap
- solar charger
- phone charger (also works on kindle)
- camera and microphone
There's sometimes more and sometimes less, but with that I can easily do 4-6 days outdoors with no worries.
As I've been going on more overnights, I've tried to really live primitive and light and gone for a smaller pack. In older times these were called "possibles pouches" and settlers used them to carry what they needed for a day and possibly an overnight stay in an area before they could return home with their finds.
This is my modern "possibles pouch"
It's a Yukon Outfitters sling pack
- 50 feet of paracord
- Cook Kit (small cup to boil water, alcohol stove, fuel, utensils)
- 5x7 tarp (soon to be replaced by a nicer 9x10 when I can afford it)
- Socks, Underwear, T-Shirt
- Microfiber towel
- Fire Kit (altoids tin with ferro rod (to be replaced by flint and steel), char cloth, cotton shirt (for more char)
- Sawyer Mini (smart water bottle attached to outside of pack
- Compartment to store arrows like a quiver so I can bring my bow
- My new camping pad (arrives today)
- Food(s) mostly protein and nuts
- First Aid Supplies
- Micro fishing kit
I can do 1-2 days with that without a problem and it weighs almost nothing.
So let's talk camping, camping gear, hunting, fishing, really whatever involves the outdoors that makes you happy.
GO THREAD GO!