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 Alright, most of you know, I am packing into the Trinity Alps towards the end of August. It will be the 2nd week of archery season and we are packing 5-10 miles into some areas near a few mountain lakes. I am just curious what everone carries when they pack in. Im looking at 50-60 lbs in my pack for 4 and a half days. Here is what I have come up with to take.

Lightwieght tent

30 degree sleeping bag

My new Jetboil camp stove

A filtration sytem

Thermacell

a knife set for field dressing and boning

GPS/hard copy maps

Rangefinder

enough food for 5 days (mostly energy bars and dehydrated meals)

deck of cards

head lamp with extra batteries

small lantern

first aid/survival kit

some light wieght rain gear

extra clothes

paracord

small hatchet

Bow/Arrows/Extra Archery equipment (spare screws, pin, allen key, knock, dozen arrows)

Looking for suggestions on if Im missing any key essentials, if I should cut back on some things, or if you guys have gear suggestions for any of the listed above (personnal experience or reviews). Been looking at a few items in the gear reviews and seeing if anyone has more they would like to share. Dont want to spend a ton, but want quality gear. I can always upgrade next year if this trip becomes an annual hunt. 

Thanks in advance!

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First things I would recommend are at least another days worth of food, just in case. Also, bring a flashlight. Having a spare source of light has been a Godsend for me in the past. Knife sharpener, too.

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I am no expert but dont you need a bow press to restring a compond. So just make sure your string is in good condtion and i will be ready for next year. you better go every year.

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For some bows you don't need a press to restring it. On the cautious side of things, you may want to practice restringing your bow BEFORE you leave so you know how to do it. Personally, I'd leave the string at home. Just be sure your gear is in top working order. Simple tools to tighten things up is cool, but I don't think I'd be taking an extra string.

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 hahah, didn't think that one through. 

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Thats why we are here to think thing through for you.

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I like to use a treking pole when I pack in with a heavy load, it helps keep you stable in rough country and seems to relieve a little of the fatigue. Taking a few advil or something sililar is always a good idea as well. Even though keeping hydrated is always top priority sometimes a headache from altitude and dehydration can make for a miserable few days. Also don't forget your camera, you will need it.

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I'd ditch the hatchet for a bone saw, and instead of a lantern just bring extra batteries for your headlamp! 

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I always carry a space blanket, a beanie and light weight gloves.. I hate to be cold.. Bring moleskin if you are prone to blisters, I'm not but it saved my wife a few times... Throw some water proof matches in a baggie, and a good lighter wouldn't hurt...I bring about 8' of good nylon rope for dragging a deer out.. Seems like I'm always haulin more than I want to carry but you have to narrow it down to what you can absolutely do with or without..

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I would trade the lantern and the hatchet for a lightweight sleeping pad.

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 Being cold sucks, period.  Therefore, check out the weather, which I'm sure your going to before hand, and make sure you have enough essential rain gear.  Rain, cold, and lack of cold weather gear raises the bar for hypothermia.  In the Marine Corps we were always told that having to much is better than not having enough!  So in other words, I have countless experience humping with a 60-80 Ibs packs up and down mountains for days.  Even though it is a pain in the ass I would rather have the heavy pack with extra gear than having a light pack with not enough gear.  Utimaley it comes down to what you feel comfortable with.  Just curious what kind of deyhdrated food do you have?  I have extra MRE's (meals ready to eat) from the Marine Corps that I could give you, if interested.  

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 Thanks for the offer, but those might be a little too bulky. Im planning on the mountain house meals. Ill have to take a look at some different items and try to see what will be the most space efficient. I definately have more in mind and the finer details worked out, but before i leave, ill post a more detailed post with all my final items for any last minute suggestions or advice. I cannot wait for this trip! 9 more weeks!!!

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 Spare boot laces

Titanium spork

Small bag of steak spice to make fresh tenderloins taste that much better

Wrap your water bottle in duct tape if you have to repair your tent

A pack cover will keep your gear dry if you run into a rain storm

Packable rain gear is also good.

Crystal light makes the worst water taste good

advil or asprin and a couple bandaids.

I like cliff  bars they are cheap and high in calories

Get rid of the hatchet and get a light weight saw.

For only 4 1/2 days you should easily be able to run 50lbs or less. Remember ozs turn to lbs. 

Last year I did 10 days in the northern rockies in Alberta at 70lbs and I brought way to much....

 

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If you bivy style of hunting, I would leave the ThermaCell at home.

Don't forget your hunting license! ;^)

Additions that I would add are Caribou Game Bags, especially the Carnivore kit as it has enough bags to bag your entire animal, is small and lightweight. At least 1 extra pair of wool socks to swap each day at lunch, a hydration supplement such as nuun or Wilderness Athlete hydrate and recovery. I use nuun in my bladder in the pack, drink the W.A. Hydrate & Recovery and W.A. Energy & Focus every morning and evening before the hunt. Simple/reliable firestarter such as Firesteel & cotton balls soaked in vasaline.

A nice solo tent like the Hilleberg Soulo (I have used this tent all year long, everywhere for over 4 years...bomber!) or Hilleberg Akto or Exped Mira I
Watch
Packable GORE-TEX Shell such as the Sitka Gear Cloudburst or Dewpoint lines
Compass and know how to use it
A good comfortable sleeping pad like the Exped Airmat Basic UL 7.5 or Exped SynMat UL for warmer climates, you could go up to the Exped DownMat UL 7 to give you a higher R-Value if the temps drop on the mountain.
Partial roll of Duct Tape
Binoculars
Camera
Ibuprofen
Pencil/Notepad
TP
Scent Wipes for cleaning up and for handling after using the TP!
Blister kit
Extra bow release
Trekking Poles like the Exped Explorer 130 SA
Satellite phone, they are not that expensive if you do these styles of hunts and trips in general, just purchase a pre-paid card not a plan
If Sat phone is not in the budget, then I recommend the SPOT Messenger or Connect. It is priceless in emergencies of all kinds and if you have loved ones at home, you can let them know that you are okay throughout your adventure and they can see where you are on Google Maps

There are several other items, I take on my trips.

The only difference in my pack between a 3 and 10 day trip is the amount of food. All other components are the same and some adjustements are made due to weather conditions and seasons.

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I would check into having a few of them 2 person meals that you just boil water and let set. i think you can pick them up at walmart etc. but id have at least 2-3 days more food that you expect to be in the backcountry to be safe.

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 Chapstick is always a must for me! ill be packing into the trinities as well I have a damn wedding Sat of opening weekend.  im taking off as soon as im able to sneak out,  driving through the night and my dad and I should be at camp to glass Sunday evening if we haul ass up the mountain. 

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 Alright im down to 18 days left before the trip and my last final bit of gear should be arriving throughout the week. Just gunna run to REI to grab some stove fuel and see what they have for energy bars or gels. Ill have everything that I am packing, listed up by the weekend. I wanna get my pack wieghed and fine tuned with what Im taking and see what input you guys can provide. 

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