2013/03/17

My current kit list for nights in the woods.


Load Carrying
Lowe Alpine Sting in Olive Drab - IMHO this is the best rucksack ever made, I find it really comfy even if it is a little heavy. I have the 2 side pockets as well which give me an extra 20 liters capacity.

Shelter 
Hennessy Expedition Asym Classic - This is a great hammock and tarp in one. I have had it modded to have a full zip added around the bug net so I can have the best of both worlds with it, bottom and top opening. It also uses the quick set up technique using rap rings, got this idea from Trekkingnut

DD 3x3 Tarp - For a longer camp when more shelter would be required I use a DD Hammocks 3x3 tarp. I have put in the bag with it 10m of para cord and with 2 Nite Ize Figure 9 which are used to tie up the cord quickly.

Sleeping
Which sleeping bag I take depends on the weather and conditions. I have a choice of 3:
Vango Viper 1000, British Army Arctic, British Army Jungle. In addition to the sleeping bag I use either a underquilt (like a sleeping bag but hangs outside the hammock) or a thermarest camping mat.

Cooking and fire
Honey Stove - Nice little stove that packs down flat but it can be a bit fiddly to assemble and you do get a bit dirty from handling it.

Exotac Nano Striker -  My review in a previous post.

Bic Lighter - Nothing else to say about this, we all know what it is.

Zebra 10 cm billy - I have modded mine and revmoved the bail arm and replaced it with a section of bike brake cable. This allows it to hang better over the fire. 


Sea to Summit AlphaLight Long Handled Spoon - With this I can reach the bottom of rat pack pouches


Helikon Thermal Cup - Nice little thermal cup with a lid, this just fits inside the billy.


Source 3L widepac - I don't normal have this full but figured its better to be able to carry more water if required then not. As I carry my water in I don't currently have any method to filter it. 



Knives, axes and saws

Mora Clipper - Cheap and cheerful bushcraft knife, cannot go wrong with one of these.

Bahco Laplander Saw - Good folding saw, makes short work of cutting wood


Gransfor Bruks Small Forest Axe - Not to big and not to smal, just right. I don't always take this with me only If I know there is quite a bit of wood to to chop, other wise I make due with the Mora and Bahco.


Misc

First Aid Kit - This kind of goes with out saying. Pretty standard kit, but have added a tick removal tool, paracetamol, ibuprofen and a compression bandage. The last one because if your using an axe and it goes wrong, it can go wrong in big way.

Alpkit Gamma Head torch - Nice torch with high and low beams and also red and green light. Runs off 3 AAA batteries. 


UCO 9 Hour Candle Lantern - This adds a nice bit of light with out blinding you like a torch can.



This list is not definitive and changes depending on where, when and how I'm going camping. I have not added food and drink as again this changes all the time.
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