hi Catie. I tend to pack pretty light, and the weight varies (depending on water availability/water carried), quite significantly, and also on the season (more clothes in colder weather).. I'd say anywhere from 5 to 25 pounds depending on those variables and on food or more gear for extending the trip (overnight or two). The primary things that I carry are my first aid kit, fire kit, bush knife, folding saw, a few lengths of parachute cord or used bailing twine, an old tent fly, a stainless steel water bottle or two which can double for cooking vessels (I only had plastic bottles on the hike in question), bear spray, and aerobic oxygen (for water purification). I sometimes carry snowshoes, a crazy carpet, if I'm intending to be in snow country (plus avalanche gear-transceiver, light folding shovel, probe) if I am with others), or a Thermarest foam camp matt for better sleep if I am planning to be overnight.
Roberto- what do you usually keep in your bag and what's it's rough weight?
We call them widow makers here as well.
I worked back country trail crew in Glacier National Park back in the early 70's and we called those snags "widow makers".
I still haven't seen a wolf on my land yet, but have seen the tracks of every major predator on it or slightly off of it, so I know that they are there, at least occasionally. Seen, black bears, foxes, coyotes, lynx and grizzlies. Seen tracks of cougar, wolverine, martin, wolf... I'll be more concerned if I start to get livestock. I'll likely get a dog or two. We also have a lot of larger herbivore potentially on the land, 2 varieties of deer, moose, elk, and although unlikely mountain goats and mountain sheep do sometimes come down to this elevation. All of the latter can be very unpredictable creatures, though they, like the predators, tend to keep their distance from people (and rifles). Since I live near a good sized dairy operation, rifle training is pretty intense around here.
We have wolves here, but have only seen the tracks this past year. Enough people and dogs around that they do seem to stay back a bit. For now.
I'll be that you have some stories to tell, Dennis. Feel free to write up one or more of your unexpected overnight adventures, and cut-and-paste it into a post in this thread. By sharing our experiences, we may save someone else pain, heartache, or worse.
Having spent a few unexpected nights out in the woods myself, I tip my hat to Roberto!! Very glad that he made it out ok and was able to share his experience with us.
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