What did you learn at the 15 pc kit campout?

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What did you learn at the 15 pc kit campout?

Post by Jeff "LFB" Kindy on Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:01 am

Post here one or two things that you think were the most valuable things you learned during the minimal kit campout.

I personally learned that boiling water to drink sucks! Almost all of the water that I have boiled has been during the winter. Therefore the time it takes for the water to cool enough to drink is very long to say the least. The second day I retrieved another 1qt bottle from the car in order to have something to hold the water in during the processing time. A water filter, be it a straw style or pump is the way to go in an emergency.They are available for $10 -$25 for the straws treating @ 50 gallons each. The Katadyn Hiker Pro is around $65 and treats 500 gallons per filter is clear water like we had. For the weight, they are well worth it.


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Re: What did you learn at the 15 pc kit campout?

Post by JAMIE B on Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:57 am

i think i will pack even lighter! and take less as my pack still seemed heavy!
i can not believe that just 15 basic items weighed sooo much.
and im bringing my elcheapo military mesh hammock for a bush chair!
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Post by Jeff "LFB" Kindy on Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:12 pm

I was very surprised at how heavy my gear was too.

I know I can get along with even less than I brought. I am going to work on making a minimal kit to carry out.

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Re: What did you learn at the 15 pc kit campout?

Post by JAMIE B on Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:08 pm

yep mee to....
here is what i did use

1. hammock
2. tarp
3. wool blanket
4. canteen cup
5. water filter
6 silverware
7. mora knife
8. food

i could acutally do without the hammock and use the tarp on the ground with a heavy space blanket.
so i probabbly could just have had a bedroll and a haversack!

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Re: What did you learn at the 15 pc kit campout?

Post by Jeff "LFB" Kindy on Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:42 pm

I did sleep the first night on the ground with natural material bedding. It was OK, I survived. I knew I could do it, and I did. If I was out there by myself I would have had a fire in front of my lean-to, and would have been warmer. I was lazy in not doing it as I knew we had a communal fire going and if needed to get warm I had planned on going over to it. We had plenty of room next to it to lay down and keep warm. But why have more than one fire in 45*ish weather.

The second night I hung my hammock, it completed my 15 pieces as without it I was at 14. I used my HD Emergency Blanket for an underquilt and was warm enough.

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Re: What did you learn at the 15 pc kit campout?

Post by Gurthy on Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:29 pm

I freely admit I didn't go minimalist, but here is what I learned:

-what birch sap tastes like (slightly sweet)
-that an AMK bivvy is good for an emergency...but that's about it because the condensation builds up on the inside so fast that it is wet in an hour
-what a northern brown snake looks like
-that my water filter is better than boiling but requires much more maintenance than I remembered
-how to make a "bush concrete" ashtray Smile



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Re: What did you learn at the 15 pc kit campout?

Post by Jeff "LFB" Kindy on Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:54 am

Gurthy wrote:-how to make a "bush concrete" ashtray Smile

That was cool. Don't forget to post pics of it. I would like to see it after it is completly dry.

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Re: What did you learn at the 15 pc kit campout?

Post by CJS Knives (Captain Jeff) on Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:32 pm

first, i had a great time...

-i learned that a water filter is worth its weight in GOLD! i am so glad i brought that thing!
-an emergency blanket may be a good blanket, but not a good rain fly! lol
-Port Huron is a long drive! lol




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Re: What did you learn at the 15 pc kit campout?

Post by Mathan Maloch on Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:20 pm

I learned that my swedish mess kit is a great tool and I will never part with it.
I learned that a nice big container for water is nice if you have to keep hiking up and down a hill to your water source. Also that a water filter would be great haha.
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Re: What did you learn at the 15 pc kit campout?

Post by CJS Knives (Captain Jeff) on Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:00 am

oh yea! i also learned that Birch sap taste awesome!! thanks Bernie!

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Re: What did you learn at the 15 pc kit campout?

Post by Jeff "LFB" Kindy on Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:59 am

Water filter makes life easier in warm weather.
Swiss mess kit is great for cooking and baking.
A chair is a well worth the weight for comfort.
Marking a trail to the facilities makes it easier for people to find it when they're in a hurry to find it! Rolling Eyes
Good people come to our events.
Watch your six when there is a Devil Dog around! Shocked
I REALLY don't like sleeping on the ground, my hammock is well worth the weight.
Packing in a small backpack is better than several shoulder bags.

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Re: What did you learn at the 15 pc kit campout?

Post by ole scout on Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:41 am

I learned the taste of birtch sap - Thanks
That a sleeping bag is to heavy to hike ! I can do better with less !
Two metal water containers !! OR a water filter .
Pack more food & drink more water

I enjoyed the weekend and the company !!

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