|The “Big Tuna” 2014 Yellowstone|
|2014 Yellowstone Lake – Fist Night Camping|
- My Pack – 2014 Gregory Boltoro 75.
- An ultra-lighter would tell me that I am crazy to have a pack that weighs in at about 6lbs. I like its stability, how it forms to my shape and the options it has in terms of storage.
- The new 2015 Boltoro 75 is sweet and weighs a lb less! Maybe next year I have already spent enough on other upgrades/necessities
- Sleeping Bag – Marmot Helium
- Temp rating at 15 degrees
- 850 goose fill down and
- Weighs in at just over 2 lbs.
- I like this bag, our trips are normally at high elevations so it can get quite cold even in the summer. “Quality Down” – don’t leave home without it.
- Tent – Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3
- I split the weight with my brother and use a 2 person tent on our trips. They say this is a 3 person tent but I do not know who those three people were. My brother and I are both over 6ft and weight in 230 – 260 lbs. We fit in this one just fine with a couple of inches left over
- Under 4lbs
- 2 Entry points– Nice for two people having their own entry point
- 2 vestibules – IMPORTANT for keeping gear dry and close at hand.
- This is a new tent so I will have to see how it holds up over time
- ALWAYS use the company-designed footprint. This will save from getting holes in the bottom as well as stop water from pooling underneath your tent. It is well worth the extra cost.
- Pants – Railriders Eco Mesh with Insect Shield
- I am really starting to like these pants. They have a zippered leg section that opens exposing a mesh lining to let the air in to keep you cool. AND KEEPS THE BUGS OFF!!! I saw a mosquito try and land on my leg and it got close and then took off
- Pants for the Kayaking portion – REI Sahara
- They zip off into shorts. I wear the shorts portion on the water and zip the legs back on when I hit land if the bugs are around are around.
- I have a really old pair (7 years?) that the bugs cannot bite through and they only weight in at 12-14 ounces. The newer ones are not made quiet as well and the bugs can bite through them so until they fail I use these. When they fall apart I will figure something else out.
- QUICK DRYING
- Shirt – Railriders Journeyman with insect shield
- I don’t really like hiking with long sleeves but I hate the bugs even worse so I have moved to a long sleeve shirt that rolls up and buttons if needed
- Its great on the water as well, rail riders were founded by a guy who sails and his gear was to stay cool and help keep the sun off you.
- Underarm and torso mesh lining to keep you cool
- Back cape vent for additional breathability
- I like this shirt!!!!
- QUICK DRYING
- Underwear – Exofficio Give-N-GO
- 9’’ inseam
- Sports Mesh
- Treated with Aegis Microbe Shield to eliminate odor causing bacteria
- Their gimmick is “500 miles of trail, 7 days, one pair of underwear”
- These are awesome and well worth the cost
- QUICK DRYING
- For the Rain – It always rains on us, the only variable is how much and how long. It has rained, hailed and snowed on us on our summer trips.
- Arcteryx Theta AR gore-text shell
- My favorite piece of gear
- Arcteryx gore-tex pants
- Boots – Asolo TPS 520 GV – Yes they are heavy and they took me about 20-30 miles of walking/hiking to break in but I like them!
- Full grain leather
- Waterproof with Gore-tex
- About 4lbs a pair – yes they are heavy but they are stable and can handle the hiking I do.
- They are leather so I treat them with repellant each time I go out. It really sucks if you get a heavy pair of leather boots waterlogged.
- Shoes For Kayaking – I use two different pairs
- Merrell lightweight shoes that double as shoes when I have to do water crossings in the backcountry. They work good when I have to take my boots off and cross a stream as well as when it is not too cold on the kayak. I do not remember the name of them but they are similar to the Bare Access 4
- When it is cold I use Kokatat Nomad Paddling Boots
- Kind of a pain to get on and off but they work!
Kayak camping provides some pretty increadible experiences and i hope this write up helps those that want to get out for multiple night
|Yellowstone 2014 – What more can you ask for?????|
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