>>637223 My dad got me some as a present. They work good, but there are much better if you look for them. They're to clothes what glock is to guns: not cheap trash, not the best you can get either, but overall reliable and common.
Definitely go to a store and figure out your size first. Even if you don't buy it from that store.
My first pack was an Osprey Kestrel 48 and I haven't felt the need to upgrade yet. It's durable, well made, and everything I need. It's the kind of thing you'll keep around for a long time even if you decide to go ultralight or something. It's just as good for regular travel as it is for backpacking.
Plus they have a lifetime no-questions-asked warranty. So if something does break, even if it's your fault, they will fix it or replace it for free.
It's a pretty expensive pack for a starter pack. BUT if it fits all your gear nicely really can't go wrong. 70 Liters is a good space for 3-4 days and they claim it handles loads up to 50 lbs very comfortably so that's more weight than you will use.
Lot's of people for their first pack spend something like $30-$100 and is like 50 liters and under but then you are really limiting yourself what you can bring and how it can be packed.
>>637376 Here's some of my stuff from when I was first starting to collect gear. Not shown is a 70m Sterling rope, shoes, helmets, nuts, and some more alpine draws. I suppose I'm due to take another gear picture.
Just last night actually. In the San Diego river valley. It was super clear out with a full moon. I was on top of a hill and the whole valley was lit up by the moonlight. While I was sitting and relaxing after around 8 miles of hiking, I saw a huge meteor with a bright flash, smoke and all. It was awesome. Of course my iPhone doesn't have enough exposure to do any justice.
The top of Mt. Whitney has a view that makes it seem like it is in the middle of Mordor. But it was certainly lacking in the fun for most of the hike. Though the trip did have some really fun individual moments.
My best hiking experiences have been when me and a couple others go super deep innawoods and leave all trace of civilization behind. The beauty is always in the isolation. When we spend a day fishing in a remote place without seeing a single other person, and shoot the shit at night by the fire.
not hiking but bike trekking. this fall i was in Nepal to do part of the Annapurna circuit. to the highest pass (picture related) then pohkara - ghorka - Kathmandu. my mind was literally blown, complete experience overload. just so much shit. power outages, forest full of weed, avalanches, earthquake damages, hot springs, from alpine stone deserts at 5°c to jungles at 38°c. 3000m downhill in a day, and up 1500m the next. Flying with 70 year old Dornier propeller planes into the Himalayas. low budget with no hot water and toilets worse then a public train station.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
When I was a child, this scene in Jungle Book really stuck with me, and I remember trying to do what Mowgli couldn't - that is, climb a tree with a huge trunk like this bare handed.
Is it possible? I'd imagine if you were strong enough with your hands and legs, you'd be able to latch on to the trunk against the force of gravity , but it's naturally gotten a lot tougher to do as I've increased in height and weight.
So tell me... What kind of flashlight do you consider good for general /out/ activity? >What range of lumens do you find necessary? >How important is size? >What kind of battery life do you consider necessary?
What flashlight/s do you use? Which intensity modes/settings do you use most often? Rate your flashlight.
I carry the Fenix E35UE. 3 levels of brightness, with a 4th when you keep the button held, letting out around 800 lumens. Takes a single rechargeable 18650 or 2 CR123 surefire style batteries. Only grip is the button is a slim button on the side, can be a bitch with gloves but usually not bad. Battery life is great too, if I am going to need more batteries I carry two fully charged 18650's in a small case that vape batteries come in. Will post pictures in a second
>>636732 >What kind of flashlight do you consider good for general /out/ activity? Small led >What range of lumens do you find necessary? Around 200 at most >How important is size? Very, and one handed operation >What kind of battery life do you consider necessary? Mine lasts me over a year on a set of AAA, claims 100-200 hours constant on. >What flashlight/s... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Is firesteel really the best way to make fire in the woods? What are your experiences with this and other methods? I'm sorta new to bushcraft, and starting a fire with sparks seems difficult. Please share any tips/tricks.
There is no "best way". And starting a fire with a fire steel is not difficult, depending on your tinder. Personally I carry matches, a lighter, and a fire steel because the weight and volume is not worth leaving behind. (and its not expensive to have all 3 either)
I figured you guys would know more about this than I would But today I was walking through some woods ( 2 sq miles surrounded by houses in a fairly big city) not really looking to do anything spectacular just figured it would be fun. But I found this seemingly severed doe head laying in some brush keep in mind, i found no blood, no body, no real trails besides deer paths, Des Moines IA, skull cleaved clean through no brain, looking at the spine not shown in the picture it almost looks ripped off the body. Wtf happened? i feel like it would be weird... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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