Robert Ray wrote:It takes a few trips to build one's particular kit. You will find you remove and add items as you create your perfect pack. My backpacking kit is different than my kit I carry when I go out on my dual sport motorcycle camping. Fall and spring camping can be challenging where I live because of snow. I personally am not a fan of hammocks and prefer tents, but many like them. You'll enjoy developing your perfect kit that fits your style.
Travis Johnson wrote:I do a lot of hiking this time of year myself. I typically start in December because hunting season is over, and I have the woods to myself again (except on Sundays, it is against the law to hunt or fish on Sundays in Maine giving a chance for non sportsman to enjoy the outdoors at least one day a week without worry of getting shot).
Like you Ryan, I have problems with stamina myself, but I like the cooler weather, not having to swat at bugs, and being able to see without leaves on the trees. It is interesting though. Last fall, on my first hike, I was so fatigued that I could not make it to the rock outcrop I wanted to go to, but instead ended up at one closer to the house. I was actually shocked because I found mineralization in that outcrop.
Like you, I have a good sense of direction, but keep a compass in my pack just in case. Unfortunately my pack is pretty weighted down. I am looking for mineralization, so it is pretty light going in, but coming out I am burdened with ore samples. I keep swearing to myself that I am going to buy a pack mule named "Pickaxe", but never have.
Ryan Hobbs wrote:My current camp stoves are not great. The little one takes esbit tablets, alcohol, and wood as fuels and folds up so I can fit it in my mess kit, but it lacks power and can be dangerous if you knock it over or bump into it. The big one has 2 burners and runs on white gas, but it has issues such as being heavy, bulky, and slow to start. I’m currently looking at a Sterno Butane single burner stove, which takes up about as much space as an MSR multi-fuel stove, but is much cheaper.
I have to carry a stove because building fires without a fire ring is illegal in Ohio state forests. But I can’t afford a Pocket Rocket or similar. So I’m left with the butane stove I mentioned before.
Travis Johnson wrote:How much does the stove cost Ryan?
I will say, I am gun shy on calling it the "pocket rocket"! I do not think of a stove when I hear that name! (LOL)
I failed to mention this on the first few posts, but I know you have some health issues and it is really good to hear you are getting outside. It really did wonders for me last winter, and after awhile my stamina did better. At the end of it I went for a 5 mile hike, a really big accomplishment for me (it was bushwacking and no trails to hike on).
For what it is worth, I am really proud of you for getting outside for some hiking, fishing and hunting, and wish you lived closer, I would take you out with me on my prospecting trips.
Travis Johnson wrote:That is a lofty goal.
I hope you get to do them.
My father in law has always wanted to do the AT, and has every book ever written on through-hiking it, but now that he is aged, cannot do it.
I would like to do the 100 Mile Wilderness (the last 100 miles of the AT), but I am not sure if I am up for that. I have been to the top of Mount Katadin, and it is very rugged country to say the least.
As for the stove, I hope you get to buy it.
Marty Mac wrote:Ryan
I know the initial cost is intimidating but for a very high quality backpacking stove I would recommend the MSR Dragonfly.
I know crazy expensive!! I bought one about 20 years ago and it is still going strong. I would estimate that thing has cooked my meals for over a year and a half in that time, some trips it was feeding as many as 6 people. I also use it in the back yard as a pot warmer for BBQ's. You will need to spend another $20 or so on a fuel bottle. The biggest advantage to the Dragonfly is its multi fuel capabilities. White gas, diesel or unleaded gas. The stove you mentioned needs the specific disposable fuel can that costs $10 a pop. I am a cheep skate so the idea of throwing away a partial can of fuel because it may not have enough left for my next trip is out. Do I then have to carry 2 cans just in case? With the Dragonfly I can only bring the fuel I know I will need rather than caring a full canister. Also in a cold and wet environment if things go wrong and you need a fire to survive its pretty hard to beat having some gas on hand to get an emergency fire going with wet wood. Gas stations are everywhere. Not everyone carries the butane propane mix backpacking fuel.
Maybe this belongs in the buy it for life thread?
Travis Johnson wrote:I live out of my Muck Boots as well, and thus hike in them as well. I do like them, but I have found the back of the heel wears the inside of the boot out a bit. This ultimately will give me a blister if I do not wear two pairs of socks while wearing them. Every pair I have every worn has done this. But as I said, I live out of them, so that means logging, farming, and hiking.
Does anyone else have this problem?
Travis Johnson wrote:I have never had good luck getting good tasting coffee over a camp fire. I am not sure if it is the smoke that gets in it that ruins the flavor, but it just tastes horrible (at least to me). I am not sure if an alcohol stove would help with that or not, but it would be worth a try.
I do like hiking in my muck boot though, only because I can get into some pretty deep mud with them, and in the winter, snowshoe without having to fuss with gaters on. I am fortunate that there are no snakes to worry about here, about the only thing Maine has going for it...no poisonous snakes, the only state in the nation that can lay claim to that. I think some of the problem is that I just wear my muck boots wayyyyyyyyyyy too much. When I ay I live in them, it is true. I have (2) pair of shoes...a pair of sneakers, and my muck boots. I did see a nice pair of Carolina Hiking boots that looked nice though. I might even be able to go logging in them. Logging is pretty hard on my Muck Boots because of the brush on that foam rubber.