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basic camping equipment ? - Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:30 PM ( #1 )
i really feel one in spirit with you camp loving guys. [previous thread]

i share your camping sentiments, though we are continents and thousands of miles apart
it is as if there is a shared basic instinc in like minded nature lovers and 'bushmen' all around the world that linked us together from way down in the mists of the history of homo sapiens

i'm lucky in the sense that when i'm going camping,then i'm truly alone in the wild nature without any other people near at all
wish i could take some of you with me to experience camping in a different setting--
boy the stories we could swap till late at night around a small campfire with the sound of wild africa in the dark just outside the reach of the campfire light!

camping alone is also a time for reflecting and truly food for the soul!

we all took different camping gear with us

what are the five most basic/important camping items that you pack first and dont leave home without when you go camping alone
 for a few days? [away from other people]

[t's most often some small things also, isn't it?]
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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Friday, June 24, 2011 7:08 AM ( #2 )
Boots, sleeping bag, pack, water bottles, tent (maybe)

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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Friday, June 24, 2011 1:32 PM ( #3 )
my top five items
     1 knife 
     2 water bottle 
     3 cordage, 
     4 tarp / poncho 
     5 magnesium fire starter, 
This is as much survival as camping list but the top five for me are always the same.  I consider clothing and boots not on this list as they are already being worn.
 
While we're at it lets go top 10 things also.
     6 blanket / sleeping bag / what the climate calls for

     7 knife sharpener

     8 Water filter / sterilizer

     9 hygene kit (Soap, toothpaste / toothbrush, deoderant, toilet paper and chaptstick are all in this kit together but it could be modified since it's a kit not technically one item).

     10 fishing kit (this is the area I go camping as fishing for small fish to survive is rather easy.  Other areas it might be a trapping kit or hunting implement).

    



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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Friday, June 24, 2011 2:55 PM ( #4 )

Looking at this from a recreational camping perspective rather than a wilderness survival camping perspective...

Five most basic items: 1. Fixed blade large enough for chopping and batoning
2. Lighter or other firestarter
3. Water purifier
4. Water container
5. Food

Five important items:
6. Firearm that can be kept on your person and taken into sleeping bag
7. Bivy sack or other shelter
8. Sleeping bag
9. Folding saw
10. Mess Kit

"Luxury" items:
11. Compass
12. Flashlight
13. Binoculars or telescope
14. Camera
15. Mosquito net

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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Friday, June 24, 2011 4:06 PM ( #5 )

Camping...not survival...only five things...
1-Big knife 
2-Sleeping bag
3-Tent
4-Ferrocium rod/Pine resin impregnated kindling/Lighter
5-Flashlight(extra batteries and bulb)
6-food

I couldn't bring it down to five items, as you can see.
I forego the water purification and water bottle for the sake of other gear because I always drink the river water in the mountains untreated, I've done so all my life. I just dunk my face into a river and gulp away. 


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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:58 PM ( #6 )
Top 5:

1) Knife or axe
2) Firestarter
3) Sleeping bag
4) Tarp (or tent if I want it to be cushy)
5)Water and food

That would be my "backpack list". On top of that, in pockets or on my belt would be:

1) Map & compass
2) Folding knife, most likely a multitool or SAK
3) Flashlight w/whistle and band for forehead carry
4) A Bible, or a book I'm reading to pass the time
5) Durable rope or paracord on a beltloop w/two carabiners

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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Sunday, June 26, 2011 7:28 PM ( #7 )
 Recreational camping for me equals backpacking, so with that in mind;

Most essential Top Five:
1) Big knife, usually Trail Master, but not always
2) Bio-degradable camping toilet paper (trust me, you want TP with you)
3) 3 full days worth of freeze-dried backpacking food per person plus 3 quarts of water, even if your intent is to fish and hunt your entree's while in the sticks. Emergencies happen.
4) if camping below 7000 feet ASL and wood burning is permitted at the time, fire kit.
    if above 7000 feet ASL (a wood fire can be astonishingly hard to get going at high altitude due to reduced oxygen) a take-down white gas backpacking stove.
5) this is a tie between 2 pair of new, clean spare boot socks and a first aid kit specific to the most common backpacking injuries

Okay, so my top 5 is more safety related than recreation, but safety is how all my planning starts.

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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Sunday, June 26, 2011 7:50 PM ( #8 )
I listed five things but, honestly that doesn't cut it for me, i won't go up into the mountains without at least a dozen items in my pack.
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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Wednesday, June 29, 2011 8:54 PM ( #9 )
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 4) if camping below 7000 feet ASL and wood burning is permitted at the time, fire kit.     if above 7000 feet ASL (a wood fire can be astonishingly hard to get going at high altitude due to reduced oxygen) a take-down white gas backpacking stove.


That's pretty interesting - I had never considered that fire would be harder to make at higher elevations. Where I live the elevation is less than 500' ASL, but further west in the Appalachain Mountains it gets up to about 2200' on some mountain peaks. I'd be interested to hear from some people here about their experiences starting fires at high elevations.

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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Saturday, July 09, 2011 8:15 PM ( #10 )
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Boots, sleeping bag, pack, water bottles, tent (maybe)


LOL no knife?
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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Sunday, July 10, 2011 10:24 AM ( #11 )
MM60,
     I haven't found the 2000 ft elevation range to be an issue with fires.  Out west in the rockies it can be much more of an issue.

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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Sunday, July 10, 2011 12:00 PM ( #12 )
This is my top 6
large knife
swedish steel
billycan
poncho
poncho liner
compass
I can imporvise all other things
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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Sunday, July 10, 2011 2:03 PM ( #13 )
FSS,
     I just don't have much experience in the mountains out west with fires.  I've been all over the east coast and the mountain ranges here.  Never had a problem but I've heard of people having issues in the rockies.  Could be that they were trying bic style lighters and having issues with the lighter, not really sure.  I generally like my magnesium striker with area fuel (east coast that's usually birch).  Have almost always gotten fire eventually.

     If you are saying you're good to go up to 9000' I'd believe it.  Not a white gas stove fan but I may get won over to them yet.

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Re:basic camping equipment ? - Sunday, July 10, 2011 5:29 PM ( #14 )
In AZ this time of the year my family goes to ceremony all week long in the Chuska mountains on the Navajo Rez, near Tsaile, and they're up at least 7000ft and no one has any trouble starting wood fires every morning. And everyone in my family, except for me, is straight up a "city person" or a greenhorn, or tender foot, as some would call it. IMO, you have to be well over 10000ft to worry about lack of oxygen for fire starting. If my mom can start a fire at 7000ft + elevation, then anybody could do it.
The picture below shows the region where the ceremony grounds are. The mountain is called Bear Butte, it isn't that hard to see why. Do you see it?
 



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