Spring Bear: Gear List Edition

Finally.

Game week.

I’ve been pounding pavement, packing weight, pumping iron, reloading, shooting, reloading more, shooting again, and drinking whiskey, all in preparation for this week.

Training time is done and it’s time to once again hit the mountains, this time in Idaho, chasing Ursus Americanus, better known as the American black bear.  The mountains have been continually calling, and it’s time for me to answer.

This blog piece isn’t going to be revolutionary, but it revolves around a topic we’ve always been pretty fond of: gear selection and gear pictures.

Since that first trip in 2013 where a couple of green hunters set off on their first backcountry adventure, we’ve made a habit of snapping a photo of loaded and unloaded gear just before we leave.

Piggybacking onto that habit, we’ve been asked multiple times for a more specific gear list, and I think this week is a perfect time to deliver that information to our curious reader(s).

It should be noted that Scott and I try to double up on gear when we can, and as such, you will only see one tent, one Jet Boil, and one water filter.  For reference, we are camping at the trailhead Wednesday night, hiking up Thursday morning, and packing out Monday afternoon.  Four nights, five days.

I’ve left them in spreadsheet format so that they are easier to open (and feel free to save the files—Scott’s is prettier)

These are not manufacturer advertised weights, each item has been scaled by us. You will also note that Scott has created an “efficiency” formula for his food, which is a pretty fascinating topic for ounce counting gear junkies like Daniels.

Our traditional gear bomb, and packed pictures.

Scott’s blown out bag.

Scott’s blown out bag.

Scott all packed up…

Scott all packed up…

Travis’ gear bomb.

Travis’ gear bomb.

Cocked, locked, and ready to rock!

Cocked, locked, and ready to rock!

I calculated out one day of food for myself at 3430 calories, which equated to 102 calories per ounce.  I always try and stay above 100 calories per ounce, while maintaining desirable food.  There are certain foods I just can’t eat anymore thanks to repetitious eating in the backcountry…

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If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

A quick note on the books…

They will be arriving this week, but after we leave for Idaho, so any current (and future orders) will ship out on Tuesday, May 14th!