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Backcountry Hunting Podcast

Sep 20, 2019


Backcountry Gear Challenge: fit 10 days worth of gear into 55 pounds

Top-of-the-list item: Tag/Hunting license!

• Sleep systems: Sleeping bag, pad, & tent

• Backpacks: Types and recommendations

• Raingear: Jackets & pants, pack covers, drybags for camera & electronics

• Clothing & footwear: From skin to shell. Underwear, base layer, pants, shirts, the annoyance of layering, puffy coats & pants, neck gaiters and warm hats, appropriate boots, Crocs and manliness, crampons, and more. 

• Cooking systems: backpacking stoves, fire starters, water filters, water containers, and the critical Life Straw

• Optics: Rangefinding binoculars, Badlands bino harnesses, spotting scopes, 

• Communication: inReach Mini, Midland handheld radios, lithium batteries, solar chargers, battery reservoirs, smartphone headphones, headlamps, and compasses. 

• Camera: Smart phone vs. compact lightweight DSLR, plus Phone Skope

• Tripod favorites: Outdoorsman Medium and Spartan Precision Sentinel

• Rifle, Ammo, & Accessories: sling, Galco ammo carrier, Spartan bipod, Otis cleaning cable, electrical tape (yellow!), ballistic chart, wind checker, and handgun if applicable

• Knives & Accessories: Leatherman Tool, fixed-blade hunting knife by Browning, Arno Bernard, or Siembida Custom Knives; Outdoor Edge or Havalon, compact EZE-Lapp diamond stone, Outdoor Edge folding saw, Gransfors Bruks Hunter's Axe, Kuiu or Caribou Gear game bags, contractor-grade garbage bags

• Health & Hygiene: compact deodorant, hand soap, toothbrush & paste, floss, Airborne tablets, Zip Fizz, MTN OPS, Ibuprophen, Mucinex D, NyQuil, Blister kit, sunscreen, chapstick, vaseline, sunglasses, wipes, bug spray, bug net, knee braces, TETRA ear pro, notebook

• Food: Mountain House and other freeze-dried brands, snacks, gum, hard candy, energy supplements, Montreal Stake Seasoning, coffee or tea


Mountain Hardwear sleeping bags

Stone Glacier sleeping bags

Kuiu sleeping bags

Wiebad Mini Tac Pad (pillow)

Thermarest sleeping pads

Klymit sleeping pads

Big Agnes sleeping pads

ExPed sleeping mats

Big Agnes tents

Mountain Hardwear tents

Spartan Precision Carbonlite Tent

Kifaru tents

Barney's Sports Chalet "freighter pack"

Sitka Mountain Hauler 6200 pack

Mystery Ranch packs

Sitka Gear Stormfront raingear

Kuiu rain gear

Grundens rain gear

Helly Hanson rain gear

JetBoil backpacking stoves

Katadyn water filters

LifeStraw portable water filters

Swarovski EL Range

Leica Geovid rangefinding binos

Zeiss Victory RF rangefinding binos

Badlands bino cases

Swarovski ATS 65 spotting scope

Leupold 12-40 x 60mm Gold Ring spotting scope

Garmin inReach Mini

Midland handheld radios

Leica V-Lux camera

Phone Skope

Outdoorsman's Medium Tripod

Outdoorsman's Tripod Pan Head

Spartan Precision Sentinel Tripod

Spartan Precision Javelin Bipod

Galco Gunleather "Stalker" ammo carrier

Otis cleaning kits with flexible cable

Leatherman tools

Arno Bernard Dagga Boy drop point knife

Siembida Custom Knives Instagram page

Outdoor Edge Razorlite exchangeable blade knife

Havalon exchangeable blade knife

Outdoor Edge folding saw

Gransfors Bruks Hunter's Axe 

Kuiu game bags

Caribou Gear game bags

Mountain OPS energy suppliments

TETRA hearing enhancement/protection

Rite in the Rain notebooks

Mountain House freeze-dried meals