my camping / bushcraft load out ( is it too much dead weight / what is actually usefull here )

  1. I prefer a wooden pencil if I'm taking notes in the woods because I can sharpen it with my knife and don't have to carry spare lead.

  2. If you aren't going to be shooting that slingshot at something you want to eat, I'd swap the ball bearings for small rocks off the ground. If you are going to shoot at something for food... then good luck to ya lol.

  3. Yeah I was hoping to get some animals with it. However I suck ass and I think a pellet gun will be more effective.

  4. Ok, as someone that is about to retire from the military, I fully understand the inert desire to have something for every eventuality. This was a hard habit to break because "...what if?"

  5. Excellent point as to comms, especially. They make solar chargers as well, but I'm not entirely convinced they work well.

  6. The Entrenching shovel was my mistake when I started too, and it was the first thing I left home. I don't think I even took it once lol!

  7. LoL never in the military but am a prepper as I know what people are capable of. The what if is tempting your simple answer is. ..... Food, shelter, clothes, Sleeping, cook kit. The rest.... If you have to say if..... Leave it.

  8. Yeah, this is exactly it. Also, if you're driving to the spot where you're going to go (like driving to a trailhead where you'll park the car for a week or so), you can just put a lot of the personal hygiene stuff (assuming that's what the Dove Men Care kit is) in there and use it when you're back.

  9. I would cut back on the stationary/pencils somehow, I agree with the other commenter about the slingshot/ball bearings, I'd probably cut one of the non-headlamp lights, and just put fresh batteries in your equipment so you don't need to bring all those extra. Otherwise it looks like a decent pack!

  10. Yeah I wanted to get a lap lander folding saw but couldn't find any. I got a realy crap extendable saw but the blades are just too thin.

  11. In my experience little packs in that style are atrocious for any civilian hiking, most of them are based off of military packs that were best used over body armor first and for everything else second. It also looks like your are going to have large items strapped all over it, which gets old very fast if they aren't nicely balanced. I think you'll comeback from this trip and immediately want a larger pack with padded hip belt and adjustable shoulder/lifter straps/torso length.. I would rather hike with my gregory overloaded into the 60+ lbs range than hike an equal distance that pack and at only 25lbs.

  12. Also being from the UK I get that by 'dead weight' you're meaning useless rather than extra grams so break it down into what you plan on doing.

  13. Yeah that's a fair one. Only been for a week once and its just barren open lands. ( kinda got th3 axe because its cool though a knife can do just as a good job )

  14. Yeah I should've emphasised that it's more a stock take rather then a " this is every single 5hing on my bag" its more of a this is what I have, what should I put in

  15. Seems like there's a lot of things you could do with halving or dropping completely. How long are you going for? Do you need a whole thing of pasta or can you portion out 2-3 meals? See also: fuel, lighter fuel, milk, coffee, batteries, pencils, paper, wet wipes. Can whatever's in those two tins be put in a lighter bag, stuff sack or ziplock? You appear to have 3 lights (and glow sticks), do you need them all or can you just use your head torch

  16. Nah it can all fit ( that's what he said) but it's just a case of I've bought everything and struggled to stop myself. If you could show me your pack or just have a basic lift of the essentials that you kept with you that would be a massive help. :)

  17. Are you going camping or setting out to build a shelter and forage/kill your own food? If the answer is backpacking primarily, then it is almost all dead weight and unnecessary. If the answer is your trying to be a survivalist, I don't know, but also suspect a lot of it could go.

  18. Yeah see majority of it is for bushcraft / hunting whilst out in nature, however hunting wild animals is a bit of a pain in the uk and wild camping is a massive pain in the uk also.

  19. your poop kit is huge, three notebooks and a bunch of writing utensils? what’re you gonna write a novel on the shitter?

  20. I'm assuming this a troll post? Cutting things with a saw, chopping things with an axe etc is very, very forbidden on Dartmoor, UK. Unless you have the landowners permission. You can't just wander on to a bit of land with an axe and start setting about you. If I saw you up there I would have no hesitation in calling the police on you. Totally irresponsible. Twatting about with a ball-bearing loaded slingshot would also be a police matter.

  21. What about when you see them taking a bath in the stream? You know who loves soap? Marine organisms, just love soap so god damned much.

  22. It's probably worth mentioning that the ban of barbecues/open fires that was put in place on the 9th of August (under the Dartmoor Commons Act 1985, Section 10(4)c) is still in place.

  23. Are bushcrafters not all over the place over there already? In the US every park within driving distance of suburbs is crawling with them. You can tell where they’ve been because they cut down a bunch of trees every night and build big fires to play soldier.

  24. These idiots always have an old hatchet and saw despite, as you said, going to lands that forbid the action you’d use them for.

  25. Ahhh I never even thought of this. OK thats another thing to consider so I'll see if I can get any alternatives.

  26. Yknow what that's a good comment. Learn the hard way or experience is the best teacher way. Thanks :)

  27. I take it you are in the UK? I would ditch the axe if you are gonna be on public land, low chance of actually getting caught with the it but not really worth the risk and It's a lot of weight if you don't really need it. If you are on private land then go have fun.

  28. Now I hope to christ you don't mean the bottles that connect to your phone and notify you when to drink. :)

  29. I would keep the link lifestraw water filter, the headlamp and maybe the sleeping bag depending on which one it is. Non of the other stuff would be things I would want to backpack with.

  30. Depends on where you're going and how long you're going to be there! I see that coffee bag I've been looking at those who do you think about that thing do you like it?

  31. I haven't tried them yet but I thought after a day or so in the wild you would definitely need one to get through the day.

  32. I have the same survival deck of cards but ended up replacing it as its difficult to see the suits and practically impossible once its dark.

  33. One thing I did notice though are your notes. Well in for learning g some proper navigation instead of just googling it. That's refreshing to see.

  34. Yeah it's invaluable information to learn. See the problem is I will come across as a wanna be or poser but in fact I really do have a passion for outdoor skills and survival skills.

  35. Seems like people are conflating backpacking w bushcrafting. If he's backpacking for 50 miles then yeah, he should ditch the shovel and hatchet and trim ounces every which way.

  36. It also depends on the type of bushcraft. I frequently bushcraft without a shovel or hatchet. A good knife and a bit of craft is all you far as like metal tools go.

  37. 1 light 1 purifier 1 knife 1 fire starter Ferro or Bic Hatchet or saw A lighter backpack 1 steel water bottle/water 1 battery replacement Rain jacket Sleep system No Cotton (bandana exception) Food

  38. Are you taking a hexy burner and a trangia? You definitely don't need both. Both of them are reliable, although the trangia is heavier

  39. You pack like an infantryman, which isn't necessarily bad, but a lot of what we toted didn't get used. You could probably either get rid of the e-tool (folding shovel, for the uninitiated) or get one with a sharp edge and get rid of the hatchet. That camel-back suggests you're either going into very dry country, or you don't trust water purification. I would also suggest you get a food-saver vacuum sealer. I use that for extra candles/matches/paper products, and some emergency tinder (e.g., fat wood). They suck up small-ish, and don't get wet. I'm not sure why all the the notepad stuff is necessary; if you're journaling, bring a journal and call it a day.

  40. I'd ditch the shovel, the axe, the binoculars (though I'm not into bird watching, keep them if you are), the BB's, the glow sticks. Lithium AA batteries last much longer and are lighter, so I'd sub those for the regular ones. I wouldn't bring all the pencils, but they're pretty light so maybe you can justify the variety if you're an artist. Those foam sleeping pads aren't too heavy, but they're also not very comfortable - an inflatable ThermaRest is close in weight but provides a much better sleep in a smaller footprint.

  41. Looks heavy and redundant, but better than the guy who had the old kerosene lamp, ax, hatchet, and gun (for a two day trip no less..).

  42. Thansk for the comment and yeah most of the excess of equipment is purely just to show how much i have at my disposal.

  43. If you insist on that hatchet, get a bit guard or minimal sheath. My dumb ass cut my knuckles on the bit of my hatchet because "oh I'm careful and won't accidentally hit my hand on my hanging hatchet."

  44. Sorry. This is the first I’ve heard of a notch in the head near the handle to help carve out feather sticks. How does that botch help to do that?

  45. I could list all the things to change/leave, but I’ll just say carry it, see what you use, and modify from there.

  46. Just did that today 😅 found out that protection fromt the elements is the most important thing. Got caught out in hailstones in a t-shirt

  47. I've got a really small one and yeah that axe is like 70 years old. Got it after someone refurbished it

  48. Yeah so it seams the bigger equipment like axe and shovel weigh alot compared to actually being usefull so ill take a look into this. :)

  49. A good knife can do most of what you would use that hatchet for anyway. As for the shovel, unless you intend to dig a lot, you can do plenty fine without one.

  50. I would remove; the glow sticks, the pack of cr 2032 batteries, the binoculars, and either the hatchet or the saw. Personally, and it’s only a little more weight but it all adds up, I’d also take the parachord off of its little holder and wrap it on itself. The cards would probably go too, and one of the notebooks. If I’m really being nit picky I would make the argument that you only need two light sources (head lamp, and a hand held) so I’d even get rid of one more light source on top of the glowsticks. I’d also get rid of the camel pack in exchange for a Nalgene bottle, you’ve got water filtration here, so I’m assuming you plan on being near water and that’s just so much extra weight (bag, straps, hose, etc) for water when you don’t need to carry that much let alone have a hose so you can drink it on the fly lol. Just me though.

  51. Oh man. Dartmoor, brings back memories of cold, wet, no dexterity in my hands and fingers and more cold and wet.

  52. Everything you bring you have to carry. You’ve got a lot of stuff in extra packaging, get rid of it. Especially all of the metal can packaging. 1 pencil, lose the sharpener, you have a knife. You can get packets of tuna which is lighter. That folding shovel can be replaced by an aluminum hand trowel for shitting. The lighter fluid is a waste, if your zippo leaks and you can’t depend on it get a bic. It looks like you’ve got a saw, lose the hatchet you already have a knife to baton wood. Bushcraft gear already starts ultraheavy, don’t give yourself more work by bringing the kitchen sink. You’ll go further and have a better time of it with a lighter pack.

  53. ditch the white block firelighters, you wont need that shit if you learn how to build/start fires properly. ive got fires going in shitting rain with just a knife and a ferro rod

  54. You want to know what is useful? Write down how ka y time you ise a specific peice of equipment and if you dont use it (unless its something vital like first aid kit or emergency matches) weigh up the pros and cons of carrying it them decide of its worth keeping in that pack or putting in a different pack (for different seasons)

  55. My back hurts looking at this picture, lol. An E-tool, hatchet, saw, knife…headlamp, flashlight, lantern. Lot of redundant items. Honestly you can cut five pounds here probably. Hang your headlamp in your tent and you can drop the other two. If you’re not digging a fighting position, trade the e-tool for a small trowel. Use the notch in a v-shaped tree to create a lever to break down large branches for firewood, get rid of the saw.

  56. Ditch the shovel, hatchet, and camel back. Reduce writing utensils. Switch to a wildlife friendly soap. Swap the paracord out for something that isn’t stretchy and absorbent

  57. I always have the impression that people just want ot post a picture of their gear. How should anyone actually say something about it without a proper list?

  58. Leave the hatchet at home, and the saw unless you are planning to build something. You need neither for fires, and a hatchet is a great way to hurt yourself seriously.

  59. Get a pentel graphgear 500 mechanical pencil. I bought one for $7 in 2018, carried and used it every day, and it’s been great. Pack it full of as much lead as it can hold, and carry one additional case of lead. Also grab an additional case of erasers, maybe cut a big eraser into a small chunk. The erasers on these pencils can be a bit lacking for anything more than small corrections.

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