What's in your bag...

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  1. IllicitDreams

    IllicitDreams Guide Bushclass I

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    We all like a little show and tell, and we all like looking at other folks loadout's to see how they differ, and what ideas we can add. So what is in your Geobag?

    My current GeoBag is a Fieldline Tactical daypack.
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    On the side with the waterbottle holder we have a standard 32oz Nalgene, and underneath it is a Stainless Steel GSI cup, Mora Clipper is hooked into the PALS webbing, and a braid of 50ft of 550 cord.
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    On the other side, is a radio pouch, as sometimes I like to take my HAM radio HT with me, and a first aid kit.
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    Inside we have, a BCUSA SAR M.E.S.T. with line kit, stakes, and a heatsheet in it's pouch, a heavy duty emergency blanket, 2 hanks of 550 cord, approx 15-20ft each, a hunk of fatwood, firesteel, emergency whistle, and shavings in a bison tube, Orange bandanna, headlamp, and flashlight, notebook, pen, and compass, GPS, camera, spare batteries, tick kit, with some spare meds, bag o' swag, Ohio county map (working on a 88 county cache challenge), hand sanitizer, and finally a bag of snacks.
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    All together, the loadout works well so far, not too heavy, and covers most situations. Still adding and revising as I go.
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    Maps are usually added as I go, since the areas I cache in change each time.
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    very nice Scott...you are likely the most well equipped Geocatcher around- someone I work with does this and she told me about one in the concrete corn field on Franz Rd. in Dublin.....I went over and found it in about 20 minutes on my lunch break- then put it back unharmed- I can see how that is a fun hobby.
  3. GrandLarsony

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    Sitka loadout

    Here's my Bushwacky day-pack (I also maintain a few other packs for different purposes)... This is a Maxpedition Sitka, which is a one-sling pack. Not sure if I truly like it or not yet, it can be uncomfortable for anything above 10 lbs (current loadout below, with 32 oz water and 3 oz alcohol, is 12.0 lbs). I do like that it swings around to the front, especially when stream fishing.

    Right side external: Mora Robust in home-made sheath with fire steel (which moves onto my belt):

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    Left side water bottle pouch: 32 oz. Sigg bottle inside Stanley pot, GSI cup, tomato can stove \ windbreak, and HD ziplock to keep things clean (see below):

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    Bladder pocket: Reflectix sit-pad, 18" square. Also note carabiner to hold my hat when I get too warm:

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    Contents of water bottle pouch - Sigg bottle, Stanley pot, GSI cup, tomato can stove\windbreak, HD ziplock:

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    Continued...
  4. IllicitDreams

    IllicitDreams Guide Bushclass I

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    It's a very fun hobby. It can be pretty easy too once you get the hang of it.
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    Nice kit! Here is mine:
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    Top to bottom, left to right:
    Camera, wooden nickels, maps (change ALL the time), Silva Ranger compass with pace beads, gorilla tripod, small Fak, spork, ferro rod, flashlight, scraper, and leatherman micra on a tether, snacks, bankline, MEST and some lengths of 550 cord, logbook with pencil, binos, GPS, whistle,all stored in my haversack I have waterproofed, and made a carry strap out of 550 cord. Not pictured; SAK farmer, and water carrier (I usually just throw a water bottle in the bag).
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    Continued from above (2 of 2):

    Upper outside pocket: Small tools & frequently used items (baseplate compass & whistle, notebook, pens, flashlight, multi-tool, ceramic rod, nail clippers, chapstick, sunscreen, signal mirror.

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    Outter most lower pocket: First aid and fire: Ziplock with larger gauze-type FAK items, pack of bandaids and smaller items, hand\foot warmer (seasonal), mylar blanket, pills, bug dope, roll of duct tape, fatwood, lighter, firesteel & backup compass, mini-Altoids tinder kit.

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    Lower outside pocket: Misc & fishing stuff: Ziplock of fishing stuff (varies), paracord, wire, handwipes, 8 oz booze.

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    Main pack: Food, shelter, larger items: Food pack, snack pack, GSI plastic cup, mylar bivy, fleece hat, monocular, 5x7 space blanket, ziplock of wet-wipes, bandanna.

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    Food pack contents: Ramen meal, Stanley lid, mini alcohol stove (thanks Zelph!), 3 oz alcohol, fruit cup, handles for GSI cup (paracord insulators), hot beverage items, spoon, Stanley handle, tent peg for tomato can stove:

    Irondequoit-20130325-00651.jpg

    Not shown: Folding saw, map(s), leather gloves, rain gear, trekking poles, HillSound spikes (similar to Katadyn micro-spikes).
  7. IllicitDreams

    IllicitDreams Guide Bushclass I

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    GrandLarsony, I tried a Sitka for a GeoBag... it just wasn't for me. But they seem like they'd be almost perfect for it. Looks like you got it covered.

    OldSoldier, nice little kit you have sorted out there.
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    USGI 2-quart shoulder carrier loadout

    I've been looking for a much lighter rig that I can carry for "lunch hikes" in local parks... for example, where I really don't need much safety\survival gear. My EDC helps a bit (folder, flashlight, pills, multi-tool, chapstick, etc.).

    Here's what I came up with. It's based on a USGI 2-quart shoulder carrier. Total weight with 27 oz. water is under 4 lbs.

    Matches\lighter in outside pocket, compass\whistle\thermometer clipped on side. I don't usually remove the bottle to drink, just tip the entire bag up to my mouth:

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    GSI metal cup and GSI plastic cup (handle removed), Swedish M-71 gel stove (an awesome product), paper towel, scrubbie, tinfoil (these all nest tightly):

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    Water bottle, Mora 2/0 with home-made sheath, mylar blanket, FAK pack, spoon, GSI handles with paracord insulators:

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    Food & beverage pack: Beef Ramen with slim-jims, tea\sugar\honey, Snickers, bug wipe, hand wipe:

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    Yup, I'm this close to picking up a Pygmy Falcon II to see how they compare.
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    This canteen rig is simple genius! Consider yourself ripped off.
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    Man, and all I have is a pen, camera, cache repair kit, knife, swag and my CCW. I guess you would need all of that gear for remote caches.
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    Everyone is a bit different in the way they do things, there are days when I go caching that I take nothing more than my phone, and a pen. I have the Geocaching app on my phone, so I don't always have to have the GPS. If your setup works for you then that is what matters the most.
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    Me too, nice idea!
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    This is always in my car and great for short trips or unexpected ones it is a army grappling hook bag IMG_0615.jpg on the outside pockets i carry a water bottle and in the other pocket a fishing kit and a fire kit IMG_0616.jpg this is every thing layed out IMG_0617.jpg also have a smalll fire steel hanging on the out side and that white piece of 550 with a beener on it i usually attack a stainless steal water bottle
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    I congratulate all who have taken the time to make and carry a small kit, I also encourage others to copy or assemble their own kit. Where I am presently the bush is so thick 15' off the road and you are out of view. Quite imaginative in sourcing the kits and bags/pack.
    +1 to everyone.
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    Phone/GPS, pen, multi-tool, swap items, snacks/drinks. Sometimes replacement parts (plastic bags, tape, etc), flashlight, gloves, etc.

    Seems most here actually have a 1-day bag or a slimmed down BOB for their geocache bag. This is the direction I've been heading as well.
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    Nothing more than the GPS some pens and paper and a pkt of small gifts for the caches. Oh and some spare batteries for the GPS.
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    Since I now live in Tampa, I don't carry much for caching around town.

    Red Rock Rover sling bag (ie Maxp Lunada clone)
    - Stainless water bottle
    - Folder pocket knife
    - Pen
    - Nano/micro cache in case I find a place that needs one :)
    - small compass
    - altoids tin with basic FAK stuff like bandages, etc
    - 20ft paracord
    - Garmin 60csx
    - iPhone with caching app(s)

    The bag usually stays in the car unless I am actually going to walk a bit. Most of the caches around here are park-n-grab style.
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    Very cool gear in here! :D

    W.
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    For geocaching? That's what this thread is about
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    I've changed my kit around a bit. I will have to post a new pic tonight :)
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    never really knew what geocaching was until now. Sounds pretty damn cool!
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    It can be a really fun hobby, but just like any hobby there are people that do try and ruin it for others.

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