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It started one night while I was snow blowing the fresh 16 inches of snow that clung tightly to the drooping branches of pines and a few maples within eyeshot. It was a typical Noreaster storm, but we already had a foot + on the ground already. I wondered what if there had been a severe breakdown or natural disaster that prevented the municipal crews from clearing the streets and providing the services we pay for through our taxes, yet we take for granted today.

Initally my Kit was made of an All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment system I had developed over the years living in the south and humping 20 miles a day was normal on the Swamp Fox Trail. We traveled light, and a typical pack weight was around 30 lbs (less H2O) including about 4 days food. Catch a Catfish or get you some hog babies would help extend or enhance any stay. Unfortunately I have no ictures of my All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment system, it was before the cloud thing...

When I moved back to New England things changed, I had to worry about a long winter and several months of hu****t weather if you dont mind my french Canadian. I worked on a sweet BOV that gets the job done for me and my family, getting us to our permanent BOL, a cabin on small land surrounded by public land about 200 miles from home that is well stocked and ready to go.
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What I needed was a chance to get to a location that could sustain me and my family in the event we would have to bug out on foot, in the middle of the winter with 4 feet of snow on the ground. This is what I initially came up with as a Kit, it is a Behemoth of a rig that Bean's White Mtn. Pack from 2009
Capacity 4,500 to 5,700 cu. in.
Fits Torso Lengths 18" to 21".
Weight 6 lb. 6 oz.
Dimensions 31½"H x 17"W x 9"D.
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She weighed in at about 70 lbs fully loaded with a 2 man tent, 0* bag and liner with a down lined air mattress (lets face it air is the most comfortable way to go if you are on the ground) and 80OZ of H2O. That was too much for me to even think about trekking out unknown of my destination, but when we partnered in a deal that purchased 600 acres roughly 45 miles from my home we had a key piece of our puzzle solved for now. It has a lake and a pond ("pond would be good for you" RIP Harold Ramos) and several nice creeks that are stocked. There are 5 owners and we all know each other from College, 3 of us are within driving distance and the others would require an extensive expedition to use as a BOL. Right now we only have 3 logging roads that require 4X4 access and the rest has been logged in sections the last 25 years. We use it as a hunting area and leave it un-posted. Development plans are in the works for a lodge or something, 10 years from now.

This year I wanted to get a bug out plan that allowed me to get out of immediate harms way on foot in the brutal Maine winter. This is what I came up with in a series of photos and journal entries from afield when I could find the time to write. I hope you all enjoy my journey, and thanks in advance for reading.

45 Miles as the drive of a car eh? How is that on foot? Much research using Google Earth and USGS Topo maps has helped me decide that I would be ok with about 50 miles of supplies at about 8 miles a day on average, so my goal was to supply about a weeks worth of food to get me to my already stocked BOL. The new Kit weighed in at about 47 Lbs and looked a bit like this: 2014-01-18 052.jpg
Nice ruck from Beans, lots of features.
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The kit would allow me to move about 6 to 10 miles a day, but I always thought I could lighten the load and turn this into a 2 day scoot and be no worse for the wear even if it was alone on a hunting trip in a bug in situation. I wanted to incoorporate a hammock and tarp to lighten things up. Eventually, I came up with this Kit and we have been testing it this Winter where temps have been exceptionally cold.
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I started out the night before a storm, about 10 in the evening during a weekday to avoid as much traffic as I could. My Bug Out Pal was carrying the Prototype ruck that I am testing for future use. He will be with us on the trail, helping me record my route.
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After a long night of travel we stopped and set up camp and took in the scenery, we could hear a road to our west but it was rural and the Coyotes drowned out any sounds by 2AM.
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We didnt sleep much, and often just tried to lay low and listen to what was going on around us.
2014-01-18 216.jpg We set up a tarp and kind of took a defensive position and cooked a meal of Grilled Lamb and Ramen with some tea and a few fingers of Vodka in honor of Kalashnikov.
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Has Deplaned - Adios
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We set up a tarp and kind of took a defensive position and cooked a meal of Grilled Lamb and Ramen with some tea and a few fingers of Vodka in honor of Kalashnikov.

Quit worrying: You're a survivor!

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So here's what I have on my person and in the bag on this expedition:

On my person:

Danner Pronghorn 10" Leather waterproof boots, 200G Thinsulate insulation, 1/2 size larger than perfect fit.
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Synthetic liner socks
Smartwool lightweight knee high Ski Sock 100% wool
Rag Wool outer sock
Synthetic Compression shorts, knee length
LL Bean lightweight merino wool base layer bottoms
Nike Pro Combat compression shirt, short sleeve
LL Bean medium weight merino wool mid layer long sleeve top, 1/4 zip
60/40 polly/cotton BDU pants in MARPAT
Wool sweater
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60/40 polly/cotton BDU jacket in MARPAT
60/40 M65 Field Coat outer shell
Helly Hansen F1 Mountaineering Bib with Kevlar instep

Clothing and outerwear in the pack

LL Bean waterproof breatheable shell
M65 Liner
USGI Poncho and liner
Extra liner socks
Extra rag wool socks
Extra mid layer socks
Extra Synthetic Compression shorts, knee length
Long Sleeve Synthetic shirt

Camp gear:
Coleman Max 2 pot system, Snow Peak 450 Double Wall Mug and 3pc flatware set
2 Kleen Kanteen 40 oz bottles
6x9 Tarp and Tent Stakes
Hammock, 50 Ft Manila Rope, 50 Ft Nylon rope, 100 Ft 550 Cord, 500 Ft Natural Fiber Thissle Twine
0* Synthetic Bag and Silk liner
Wool Blanket
Foam Pad (closed cell)
GSI Coffee Press & Ground Coffee
Food Bag with Beverage Bag
Headlamp, Flashlight (both AAA) w/ extra Batteries
Candle Lantern with 3 extra candles
FAK with custom add-ons.
Compass, maps, and Journal with 2 Dixon Ticonderoga Pencils, 2 Sharpies and one Ball Point Pen
Knee Pads
Medicine for 2 Months (non essential for me)
Helmet, Sun Glasses and Light Sensitive Transition Bole Goggles
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Gloves and Mittens with Liners and Head Warmer
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Fire Kit with Tinder Box and 6 Cotton Balls soaked in Vaseline, Fire Steel, and Fat-wood Bundle
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Extra Magazines
22LR for small game broken down and concealed with 100 rounds
Wet Wipes and Dry TP
Pack soap, 2 wash cloths, Towel, toothpaste and brush
Saddle Soap and Petroleum Jelly
Pistol Belt with MOLLE Pouches

More in a few minutes...

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Gear List

My Bug Out Partner (I call him the sapper) was carrying the following:

On his person:
TNF Synthetic mid weight base layer top and bottom
Wool Shirt
Wool Sweater
BDU Jacket and Pants Woodland Cammo
Herters Realtree Waterproof Pants and Jacket
Wool Sock Liners
Wool Outer Socks USGI
LLBean Hiking Boots
Wool Watch Cap and Face Mask, with Boonie Hat and Cammo Face Mask
Turtlefur Neck Warmer
Wool Convertible Mittens, wool liner gloves
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In the Pack:
10x12 Brown Tarp
Tent Stakes and 100 Ft 550 Cord, 50 Ft Manila Rope, 100' Bank Line, 100 Ft Synthetic Rope
IMUSA Greese Pot with MSR Alpine Bowl and Snow Peak 450 Single Wall Mug
GSI Flatware, Fire Kit, Dish Soap, and hand sanitizer
27oz Kleen Kanteen Water Bottle
0* Sleeping bag, Emergency Mylar Blanket, Wool Blanket, Hammock
Fat-Wood bundle, Fiskers Forest Hatchet, Bow Saw Blade with 2 Bolts and Nuts
Food Bag with Beverage Kit and 2 MREs
Fixed Blade Knife and SAK Climber
Extra Ammo (rifle ammo not compatible with team mate as of this trip)
Towel, 2 Wash Cloths, Wet Wipes,TP
Head Lamp, Flash Light, Extra Batteries
Solar/Crank Charge Radio, GMRS x2 Radios
Solar Charger
12x?? Binoculars
Battle Belt with Pistol Holder and MOLLE Pouches
Compass and maps, GPS
Extra duty Gloves, Work Gloves, Shooters Gloves
FAK, Hygene Kit
Porno Mag
Sam Adams x6
Fishing Kit with Extra Fire Starter
Avalanche Shovel and Woodworking Tools
A couple more things that I may have forgotten...
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Numquam Succumbe
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Nice, dood! Thanks for sharing!

Welcome to the few, the proud, the Wilderness INCH demographic of the Wilderness Survival, Hiking, and Camping section of the forums! lol.

All I have to say is that I'm glad I don't have to develop a EWLS for Maine! :D:

Looking forward to watching and learning from your development!

swamp rat
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A fellow INCHer. Great!
What most refuse to consider is the very real possibility that for one reason or another, they may not make it to their BOL or, find that their BOL is either plundered or held against them. In any of those scenarios, they will wish that they had an INCH kit. I would guess that few BOLs are guarded well enough or much of a secret.

Nice post. Enjoy reading it.

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Thanks for the post and we cant wait to see how this turns out! We also believe in having an INCH bag, because if we have to leave our home, then we'll probably never come back.

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Day 2

As the sun started to rise the sapper and I got on with packing up camp and heading due northwest through the woods. We followed a path that a couple of cross country skiers had used a few days before, understanding that we may run into someone along this trail. That in itself slowed our movements, and would add time to the trip to the BOL. I was happy that we had plenty of food, but if we ran into heavy resistance in a SHTF scenario we would have to ration our supplies or forage for some external food source.
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As we approached a 4 lane road we could hear a siren in the distance. We needed to get across this road to a trail that would take us to an abandoned railroad line. Thankfully the police werent looking for us, but we ended up waiting over two hours to cross the road (morning commute) so I made a mental note to research an alternative route or use this crossing at a different time of day. Once we crossed the road we strapped our snowshoes on a humped up the trail double time.

After a quick stop for a snack the temprature started dropping rapidly. We knew a storm was coming, but had no idea when. Our spirits were up, but as we walked along the railroad bed I kept wondering how this trek would go in a world without law. Would this old railroad bed be flooded with peole heading in the same direction, or would most of the folks stick to the path of least resistance?
By noon it was about 20 degrees colder than it was at sunrise. The winds started pickng up a little and by 2pm it was snowing heavily. The sapper and I continued on the railroad bed until we crossed a river. The bridge is the one reason I chose this route, because there was no way we were going to use a major road bridge, its too long of a crossing and we would be exposed for sure.
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As soon as we crossed the bridge we started up a snomobile trail. The snowpack allowed us to remove our shoes and we made some rapid time thanks to the sold snow underfoot. Our weather had been deteriorating and we were getting a little weary, so just before we lost light we made camp for the evening. We used the tarp to make an A frame that was elevated on one end. Once we gathered some fire wood and got a small one going we made some chow and promptly passed out from exhaustion. We slept in shifts again, one man sleeping and the other tending a fire and scouting the area.

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Day 3

Hy guys sorry about the delay. When I returned from my business trip I learned my daughter had somehow managed to break my laptop. Hopefully I will be able to save the photos when the laptop comes back from the repair shop. I managed to find a few on facebook that him the Sapper and I exchanged so for now those will have to do. Anyhooo...

Then next morning we were greeted to a nice fresh 6 inches of pow on the ground. The sapper and I were gearing up to move out when we heard a snow machine approaching in the distance. Turns out it was about 4 snowmobiles tooling through the fresh snow. I guessed that these would not be the last we would see, and that school has probably been cancelled for the day. So much for having the place to ourself.
Once we packed up camp we strapped on our snowshoes and began the final stretch to the BOL. We were traveling in the same direction as the snow machines were, but kept off the trail as to remain out of sight for as long as we could. The funny thing about it is we didn't see any more snow machines that day.
When we did merge with the trail we were able to double our speed. The Sapper even took his snow shoes off, no need as the snowpack left by the snow mobiles supported our weight just fine.
Just after noontime we made the last road crossing and finally entered our property. The sapper and I took a break and had a little lunch before initiating our final push for the roaring stream area where we would make camp. The conversation was about keeping this land secure and setting up patrols. Before we moved on, the Sapper lit us both a nice cigar and we yet again toasted Kalashnikov (perhaps twice).
The final push was more a celebration of what we accomplished than an exercise in bugging out. We talked about patrolling the property, building a more permanent structure than the tarps we carried with us, and wether or not we should open our stash of equipment to aid in our construction. In the end we chose to leave the stash under the ground where it would be safe and make camp for the evening, and after that we would set up a patrol that would basically use the ground blinds that were around the property as our patrol points, giving us ample space and security.
We finally reached camp about 2pm and doug out a nice area sheltered by smaller pines, on the crest of a small hill about 100 feet from our water source. From here we have a great vantage point of the area, and a couple sight lines that gave us the ability to observe several hundred yards twards the main trail the local snowmobielers use to cross the property. In a real SHTF situation I would have locked the gate back where we entered the property, as well as the other two gates that the property has as access points. Not needed today, but they are nice to have just in case.


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The nice thing is we had a selection of young trees in which to pitch our shelter. I had picked out the spot for the temporary shelter back in the fall during the hunting season. I stashed a few supplies in wooden crates, and also stashed a pack of MRE's and other small supplies along with a full sized forest axe, a bow saw, and shovel which I fetched shortly after arriving. We used a few small pine trees to build a couple tripods and rig up a simple open A frame for the evening.
The wind was picking up a little in the afternoon but we managed to get a nice shelter using snow and the tarp.
After gathering some fire wood we got a fire going and snacked on a couple MRE's, which were a little frozen and difficult to manage but it was a nice meal. We made a couple cups of coffee, and prepared camp for the evening.
The objective for the evening was to establish a good sound shelter that would hold in some heat. We were dressed for the elements, so we didn't need much.
We kept warm and active by doing short patrols, gathering firewood, and drinking plenty of beverages. There was plenty to do but we managed to keep up with things, made a nice wind screen if the wind happened to change direction.
Even managed to call in some Coyotes untill they smelled the fire.

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Trip #2

Well, we decided to hit the BOL again, this time with a modified ruck system that I am developing as my INCH bag evolves. This time we drove to an area just outside the BOL because I just don't have the time to be giving 3 or 5 days to every experiment.

We started in on the trail at 10pm, figuring that most of our movements would be at night due to the traffic fiasco earlier. Our initial bug out trip (above) proved a success, but there were a few snags that could easily be fixed with just a simple adjustment of timing. I had a new kit to test out, and the Sapper was eager to kill something so we had to go out and run a short mission to test some gear.
The Sapper looked around and informed me that it was spring, and since there was little snow on the ground he would be lightening the load and going snow-shoeless. I disagreed, and brought my snowshoes despite the melting snow and figured that the mud would be thick, but an extra 3 or 4 lbs of gear wouldn't hurt my back too badly if it stayed in the pack. The Sapper is Airborne, so he has a big ego and the titanic balls to back it up so I didn't argue with him. I'm more reserved, being Mtn. Division so my train of thought is better to be tired and prepared than stranded and useless.

We set out for our destination and low and behold there was ice everywhere, even the trail had some nasty ice on it. Once we got off the snowmobile trail we found that there was a good 3-5 feet of snow still on the ground! The Sapper fell through the snow a few times, causing him to expel profanities great distances, but that was expected since he was without snowshoes and we all know Airborne dudes have a foul mouth. He didn't care for that very much. Remember the photo of me standing next to a rock doing the sexy man pose? Yeah here is that same boulder.
Just a bit more snow than last trip.
That's the Sapper with one leg stuck in the snow.

Once we got to camp things were good. Our tarp set up was adequate, even comfy to start out with. We set up a modified A frame as usual and found it to be almost perfect. Inside the tarp was warm, sometimes too warm, but this time the smoke was filling the tarp so we had to fiddle around a bunch with the fire before we could get a good clean flow of smoke outside the tarp.
With our comfy cam set up we patrolled the parameter one at a time with the snow shoes, one of us staying behind to tend to the camp. In hindsight we were developing a routine that became something that we didn't even talk about, it just happened and I felt confident that in a real SHTF situation we would be able to repeat if needed in the future.
After a couple patrols it was time for a snack, and the Sapper and I tried our new cook kit out, the venerable IMUSA grease pot cook system. With this system I have saved some weight, and was excited to see how it performed in the field.
I really like the filter/screen thingy it comes with. It makes checking on melting snow or boiling water a breeze because you don't have to worry about ash getting in the water when opening the lid. We made some coffee and noodles and then dried out a little by the fire.

I'll post more in a bit. Thanks for watching!


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So the Grease Pot would be a nice addition to anyones system, and it works even better with a few simple mods. Compared with my other system that has two hard anodized pots I saved several ounces. The IMUSA pot isn't nearly as durable as my other system. It had a couple dents in the lid as soon as I pulled it out of the ruck, but the weight savings one could easily assume the case. When it comes to an INCH bag I would at the moment prefer the Coleman Max 2 pot system as opposed to the IMUSA. It made a fine case for a permanent replacement, being able to boil as much water in one pot as opposed to two. It's more of a GHB or a BOB piece of equipment in my opinion but I will continue to use it this year and both you and I will see how she holds up!
We dried our gear over the fire and toasted Will Ferrell and then took in a little shut eye, the Coyotes didn't like us being there, but hay they don't pay the mortgage.
When the dark night sky began to lighten and the Milky Way began to fade into the light we let the fire turn to coals and made a nice meal, grilling a couple strip steaks using green oak twigs as a grill and boiled new potatoes in the grease pot along with some Chinese Oolong tea. Breakfast of champions!
Well that was a meal and a half for breakfast. I swear as soon as the plate hit the snow we both began to contract a bad case of the meat sweats. Minutes later we were in a comatose state, and I passed out sitting against a tree next to the fire. What a fantastic display of lightly armed gluttonous woodsman-ship.

When we came to our senses the sun was up, so we decided to get some hunting in, although it was difficult to follow the bunnies around due to the granular snow. The sapper was ticked off because he really wanted to re-live the splendid satisfaction of pre meditated murder. I think he would enjoy cleaning a big hare, plenty of blood for him to drink.
With the failure of our hunt we returned to camp and set up a woobie on the snowpack. We basically chilled out, catching some rays and listening to some talk radio. We may have had a toast due to the fantastic weather, who's to say! It was all about relaxing and enjoying being out in the woods. The sapper wanted to shoot something, so we set up some targets and lost some lead under a blue bird sky.

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Changes in Gear

So this was the rig I took into the field the last trip


Osprey Kestral 48L Pack - 3 lbs. 8 oz.

Sleep System and Shelter:
Wool Blanket - 3 lbs. 8 oz.
15* Synthetic Sleeping Bag - 3 lbs. 5 oz.
Woobie with Straps - 1lb. 14 oz.
Poncho with MOLLE Pouch - 1lb. 6 oz.
Hammock - 1 lb.
Tarp 6x9 - 1 lb.
Tent Steaks - 6 oz.

Sleep System and Shelter - About 15 lbs.

Rope and Line:
50' Manila Rope - 12 oz.
50' Synthetic Marine Rope - 10 oz.
100' 550 Cord - 6 oz.
300 feet of Thistle Twine - 4 oz.

Rope and Line - about 2 lbs.

Hardware and Tools:
Gerber Small Hatchet - 1 lb. 7 oz.
Leatherman with case - 7 oz.
Buck 102 Woodsman - 5 oz.
U-Dig-It entrenching tool - 5 oz.
Rifle Cleaning Kit/sharpening stone & File - 1 lb.
Bow Saw and Hardware - 3 oz.

Hardware and Tools - About 3.5 lbs.

Cook Kit and Kitchen:
GSI Coffee Press - 12 oz.
IMUSA Grease Pot - 10 oz.
Klean Kanteen 27 oz SS Water Bottle - 8 oz. empty
450ML Double Wall Mug - 4 oz.
MSR Plate - 4 oz.
MSR Bowl - 4 oz.
Wash Cloth - 2 oz
Plastic Flask with Shot Glass - 2 oz.
Fork Knife and Spoon - 1.5 oz.
Aluminum Foil in Zip Lock Bag - 2.5 oz.

Cook Kit and Kitchen - About 3 lbs.

Hygene and First Aid:
Toiletries Bag & Pouch - 14 oz.
Personal FAK - 8 oz.
Tent Repair/Sewing Kit - 3 oz.

Hygene and First Aid - 1.5 lbs

UBBOS Food Packet #3 - 3 lbs. 6 oz.
UBBOS Beverage Packet #2 - 1 lb.
Green Coffee Beans - 2 lbs.
Sirloin Steak - 14 oz.
New Red Potatoes - 8 oz.

Food - About 7.5 lbs

Headlamp - 3.5 oz
Flashlight - 5 oz.
Extra Batteries - 4 oz.
Candle Lantern and Extra Candles - 11 oz.

Illumination - 1.5 lbs.

Fishing Kit - 6 oz.
Duct Tape - 3 oz.
Fire Kit - 1lb
Binos - 11 oz.
Communications Kit - 1 lb.

What is that, about 40 lbs? That's not including the clothing and water that I brought along.


Base Layer Top and Bottom
Liner Socks x2 Mid Layer Socks x2, Outer Socks x2
Synthetic Tee Shirt x2
Mid Layer Shirt
Wool Sweater
Fleece 1/4 Zip
Waterproof Shell Jacket
Compression Shorts
Gloves and Mittons
Mountaineering Bib
Camp Shoes
Snow Shoes and Poles
M65 Field Coat Shell
True Spec 65/35 Top and Bottom (no velcro)
Nylon Under Armor Zip off pants/shorts
Pistol Belt

This catagory changes with new clothing that I buy here and there, it averages about 15 lbs. Only about 5 lbs. goes in the pack and serves as back-up in the Winter. In the summer the bulk of this goes in the pack. Temps in Maine range from Ten Below Zero to the low 90's in the summer.

Arms and Munitions:
Long Gun of some sort - 5 to 7 lbs.
Handgun of some sort - 2 to 3 lbs.
Ammunition - 4 to 6 lbs.

Arms and Munitions - About 11 to 16 Lbs


So the entire Load out is somewhere around 65 to 70 lbs. The pack weighs about 48 lbs on my back, and even though it carries well this can get a little heavy in certain types of snow.

What I would like to do in the near future is pair down the rig a little more and try and shave some of the luxury items off my back, things like the Java Press and other items. One thing that I left home that I wish I had not was the blue foam mat. It makes a great place to sit on top of the snow and I can even sleep on it with the wool blanket if necessary.

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