01/26/2017 – Backcountry Camping

Hello everyone,

Today I took my last trip to Bill Jackson’s for backcountry camping gear. I picked up 50′ of paracord for throwing a bear bag and two extra tent stakes for windy conditions. Yesterday I posted a blog about truck camping and today I will be talking about backcountry camping. I consider hiking a one day event while backpacking is an extended trip into the wilderness.There is no better way to see a national park than backcountry camping.

Being able to stay a night or two in the wilderness allows me to extend the distance I can go from the trailhead. This allows me to see things I wouldn’t be able to see on a day hike. Backcountry camping takes a lot of planning and preparation. I will go over my basic backcountry gear and talk about a few over nighters I have planned.

My entire pack load weighs about 22.5 pounds depending on the climate and without water. I have the ability to carry 7 liters but that is 15 pounds I would rather not. I have a filter and purifying tablets if I need to collect water on the trail. I have included food for an overnight stay but the other consideration is how cold it will be and how much layering I will need.

I plan on backpacking solo so weight is a concern but having the gear I need is more important. Backpacking gear can get very expensive but you get what you pay for. I bought most of my gear used from eBay. Below is what I carry in my pack.

Backpack, Tent, Sleeping Bag and Pad

Picture 1 (each row starting bottom left to right)

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  • Esee survival knife
  • Hatchet
  • Deet
  • Firestarter
  • Water Filter
  • Compass
  • Goal Zero charger
  • Trail Map
  • Bandana
  • Headlamp
  • Mug
  • Camp soap
  • Spork
  • Medical kit
  • Paracord
  • Wool buff
  • Jetboil
  • 2 Nalgene bottles
  • Wool socks
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Snugpack poncho
  • Outdoor research Realm hard shell jacket
  • Stuff sack of wool sleeping clothes
  • Patagonia nano puff jacket
  • Boots

Picture 2 (each row starting bottom left to right)

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  • Tent + Stakes
  • Food – Mountain house, instant oatmeal, granola bar
  • Whistle, extra batteries, duct tape
  • Lighter
  • Emergency blanket
  • Glow sticks
  • Book for reading
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Backpack

This is everything I need for my backcountry adventures. Clothing depends on the environment and climate. Food is always changing. I would call this a lightweight set up but not ultra light.

I will being using this set up while backpacking the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Big Bend National Park and Guadeloupe Mountains National Park. I want to add more  destinations but I’m waiting to see what the weather looks like.

Thanks for reading.

Ps: Let me know if you have any gear suggestions. I am very new to backpacking.

2 Comments on “01/26/2017 – Backcountry Camping

  1. Pencils work better than ink pens, bring peri cord, lint from dryer just in case you can’t get fire started. Dry matches inside old camera film cases. Harmonica to play! Camera! Re pack all your dry foods into plastic bags with directions cut out of boxes. But some dry powered Real milk from Mexican food stores, that’s were I find it in CA. Powered coffee and oatmeal, oh and dry butter buds. Seasons mixed into another small container. Small hand shovel to bury your human waste. First aid meds, pain pills, Camamil lotion, bandaids, second skin, duck tape. Have fun!

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