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Old 08-15-2018, 06:56 AM   #301
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Sleepless night, found what we came out here to Nevada for finally. Wind was too risky to make a play. Hopefully he is there this am.



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Old 08-15-2018, 07:31 AM   #302
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Great buck! Get em!
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:00 AM   #303
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I finished loading up my pack last night for a final weigh in. Iím at 40.8 lbs with camp setup, clothing, all my food for 9 days, and 3 liters of water.
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:35 AM   #304
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I finished loading up my pack last night for a final weigh in. Iím at 40.8 lbs with camp setup, clothing, all my food for 9 days, and 3 liters of water.
Wow that's good. So about 20 pounds or so with no food and water?
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:37 AM   #305
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Wow that's good. So about 20 pounds or so with no food and water?
Roughly yes.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:16 AM   #306
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I can't remember where I found this, but someone went through the painstaking effort to create it and it's pretty handy. I hope to go on my first backpack hunt next year and this has made gear listing (and comparing products) easy as to what I may pack.

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Old 08-15-2018, 09:34 AM   #307
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I can't remember where I found this, but someone went through the painstaking effort to create it and it's pretty handy. I hope to go on my first backpack hunt next year and this has made gear listing (and comparing products) easy as to what I may pack.

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Thatís awesome!!! I made something similar when Iím prepared for the ATV except I didnít do the fancy pie charts! Really impressive. keying the weights of everything you plan on caring and then adding it up definitely will make you reconsider unnecessary heavier items . Thank you for sharing.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:53 AM   #308
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Awesome buck. Good luck!
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:05 AM   #309
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Thatís awesome!!! I made something similar when Iím prepared for the ATV except I didnít do the fancy pie charts! Really impressive. keying the weights of everything you plan on caring and then adding it up definitely will make you reconsider unnecessary heavier items . Thank you for sharing.
I agree. I'm hoping to fall in love with backpacking and one day not care what the pack weighs. I'll take what I need and that'll be that. That said, I think a chart like this will always be great to have as a checklist. I'm going to use the third page as a full gear list of all my gear, then copy and paste into the cells depending on the style of hunt.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:06 AM   #310
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:33 PM   #311
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:34 PM   #312
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:01 PM   #313
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:16 PM   #314
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:02 PM   #315
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:27 PM   #316
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:45 PM   #317
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:24 PM   #318
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You should've told me you're in Nevada. I'm sitting here at home, bored! I'm happy being a pack mule and extra set of eyes.

But for real, if you guys need anything give me a shout. I'm not too far away.

Congrats!
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:37 PM   #319
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:01 AM   #320
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:10 AM   #321
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Congrats! In for story and more pics
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:12 AM   #322
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:08 AM   #323
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Congrats Chris, was it the same buck from the prior pics?
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:06 PM   #324
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Congrats Chris, was it the same buck from the prior pics?


No Sir, I got on him, but the wind switched on me and one of his 11 buddies sniffed me out before I even had a chance. Stumbled on this buck a few miles away and got lucky. Just got on plane in SLC. Will do a write up soon.

Only other gear related item Iíd say is make sure you download the new phone Skope app if you have the iPhone X. The dual lenses throw off the alignment, but the app lets you switch over.


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Old 08-16-2018, 07:35 PM   #325
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Awesome buck man. Nevada is high on my list over the next few years with 5 deer points.



My boots came in from Scandinavian outdoors. Took about 2 weeks. They fit perfect and I got a heck of a deal.




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Old 08-16-2018, 08:41 PM   #326
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Awesome buck man. Nevada is high on my list over the next few years with 5 deer points.



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Old 08-16-2018, 09:35 PM   #327
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No Sir, I got on him, but the wind switched on me and one of his 11 buddies sniffed me out before I even had a chance. Stumbled on this buck a few miles away and got lucky. Just got on plane in SLC. Will do a write up soon.

Only other gear related item Iíd say is make sure you download the new phone Skope app if you have the iPhone X. The dual lenses throw off the alignment, but the app lets you switch over.


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Awesome job right there. Was this a DIY solo hunt?

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Old 08-17-2018, 07:40 PM   #328
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Somewhere around 22lbs pack weight with no food or water

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Old 08-17-2018, 09:17 PM   #329
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[QUOTE=Chris Martin;13554250]No Sir, I got on him, but the wind switched on me and one of his 11 buddies sniffed me out before I even had a chance. Stumbled on this buck a few miles away and got lucky. Just got on plane in SLC. Will do a write up soon.

Only other gear related item Iíd say is make sure you download the new phone Skope app if you have the iPhone X. The dual lenses throw off the alignment, but the app lets you switch over.

Congrats, awesome buck!
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Old 08-18-2018, 11:03 PM   #330
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Somewhere around 22lbs pack weight with no food or water



Scratch that. 19lbs no wood or water
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:54 AM   #331
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Scratch that. 19lbs no wood or water
You are a tough son of a gun if you're toting in your own firewood. LOL
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Old 08-19-2018, 11:07 AM   #332
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I'm currently at the Denver airport after a two day test hike to our hunting area. Here's a random summary:

Hike in was 12.5 miles, with 3262 net elevation gain to 10,600'. The first 8 miles was relatively easy, with a gain of only ~1300'. The last 4 with ~2k' gain was grueling. I don't know my pack weight, but I'm guessing about 50 lbs, plus an additional 6 liters of water over the 4 miles up the mountain.

I carried gear on this trip that I won't bring on the hunt (spotter, drone, extra camcorder.) and my hunting clothes are at the embroiderer getting TBH treatment. My gear weight will vary accordingly. There was water up top, so I won't carry in as much water. Of course, I'll have my bow to make up much of the difference.

The Kifaru Cavern with Native as guide lid worked fine, but I have to make sure not to overload the Native or it adds too much weight to the front of the pack. I wish the Cavern had a designated pouch for a water bladder. It's hard to put the bladder in the pack with it fully loaded, and it's also difficult to put between pack and frame (and slip top cover back over frame stays.) The Native has a bladder pouch, but as mentioned it adds too much weight to the front of the pack when run as a lid.

My primary goal was to complete the trip and determine if my sickness last spring was altitude or dehydration. I stayed hydrated and hiked a total of 24 miles and camped at >10,600' without any issues.

I had some knee pain (inflammation) on the hike back out. I never have knee pain.

Considering the lack of rain, the mountain was like a jungle!







There were lots of blackberries.
Can anybody identify the red and blue varieties?

The sleep system worked fine - except - I couldn't find a flat spot to pitch the tarp. I found the flattest spot I could and set up with my head uphill. There wasn't really much of an
Incline, but the tyvek,sleeping pad, quilt and apparently my body are all pretty slippery and I slid down all night. I had to put my pack at my feet to keep from sliding out the door! LOL! I had decided to not bring a hammock on the hunt, but if we're camping on this peak, I may have to rethink my sleeping options. A hammock would have worked much better in this situation.



It poured rain Saturday morning. I stayed completely dry under the tarp (as did my gear.)

I saw a bear (I got better video than stills) and a couple of grouse, but I didn't see any elk (it rained from 5:30 until 10 am Saturday morning,
so I missed a prime scouting time sitting under my tarp.)





I hiked 23.89 miles over 32 hours. Other than the knee (and elbow where I took a pretty good spill), I feel pretty good physically, but I think Adam will far outpace me up the mountain. At this point, it is what it is.

The firearm security check at Denver airport is horrible. Allow an extra 30+ minutes of you're flying out with a firearm.

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Old 08-19-2018, 11:13 AM   #333
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Awesome buck man. Nevada is high on my list over the next few years with 5 deer points.



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Old 08-19-2018, 11:26 AM   #334
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Congrats Chris!!! Awesome buck....You are the muley king!
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Old 08-19-2018, 12:21 PM   #335
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I'm currently at the Denver airport after a two day test hike to our hunting area. Here's a random summary:

Hike in was 12.5 miles, with 3262 net elevation gain to 10,600'. The first 8 miles was relatively easy, with a gain of only ~1300'. The last 4 with ~2k' gain was grueling. I don't know my pack weight, but I'm guessing about 50 lbs, plus an additional 6 liters of water over the 4 miles up the mountain.

I carried gear on this trip that I won't bring on the hunt (spotter, drone, extra camcorder.) and my hunting clothes are at the embroiderer getting TBH treatment. My gear weight will vary accordingly. There was water up top, so I won't carry in as much water. Of course, I'll have my bow to make up much of the difference.

The Kifaru Cavern with Native as guide lid worked fine, but I have to make sure not to overload the Native or it adds too much weight to the front of the pack. I wish the Cavern had a designated pouch for a water bladder. It's hard to put the bladder in the pack with it fully loaded, and it's also difficult to put between pack and frame (and slip top cover back over frame stays.) The Native has a bladder pouch, but as mentioned it adds too much weight to the front of the pack when run as a lid.

My primary goal was to complete the trip and determine if my sickness last spring was altitude or dehydration. I stayed hydrated and hiked a total of 24 miles and camped at >10,600' without any issues.

I had some knee pain (inflammation) on the hike back out. I never have knee pain.

Considering the lack of rain, the mountain was like a jungle!







There were lots of blackberries.
Can anybody identify the red and blue varieties?

The sleep system worked fine - except - I couldn't find a flat spot to pitch the tarp. I found the flattest spot I could and set up with my head uphill. There wasn't really much of an
Incline, but the tyvek,sleeping pad, quilt and apparently my body are all pretty slippery and I slid down all night. I had to put my pack at my feet to keep from sliding out the door! LOL! I had decided to not bring a hammock on the hunt, but if we're camping on this peak, I may have to rethink my sleeping options. A hammock would have worked much better in this situation.



It poured rain Saturday morning. I stayed completely dry under the tarp (as did my gear.)

I saw a bear (I got better video than stills) and a couple of grouse, but I didn't see any elk (it rained from 5:30 until 10 am Saturday morning,
so I missed a prime scouting time sitting under my tarp.)





I hiked 23.89 miles over 32 hours. Other than the knee (and elbow where I took a pretty good spill), I feel pretty good physically, but I think Adam will far outpace me up the mountain. At this point, it is what it is.

The firearm security check at Denver airport is horrible. Allow an extra 30+ minutes of you're flying out with a firearm.

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Old 08-19-2018, 12:49 PM   #336
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:30 PM   #337
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:36 PM   #339
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LOL! I made a friend on the last trip and my brother knows some locals in the area. I'll make sure they're on the "quick message" list on the Inreach!


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Coming out is the easy part. It's all downhill

The bulls back there for an OTC unit are worth it
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:29 PM   #341
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Coming out is the easy part.
This statement, when taken out of context, could make a lesser hunting partner nervous!


I just weighed my gear that I took on this trip (pack, optics, poles, etc.) and it was 54.5# (not including the food I consumed or threw away before my flight home). I also carried 6 liters of water up the last 4 miles, so that would be another 13ish lbs, for close to 68# total gear weight.

As mentioned above, that may not represent my total pack weight for my hunt as I will remove items like spotter, drone and batteries/charger and I imagine my FL clothing is lighter than the jacket/vest/shorts/etc. that I took for this one, but I will also be adding in weight from bow, kill kit and a few other items that I didn't take this time. Of course, removing 8-10 lbs of water should make a significant difference.

When I get my FL gear back from the embroiderer this week, I will do a load out and get a true estimate of what I'm likely to be dealing with (or decide which items to eliminate!)
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:51 PM   #342
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Got a nice workout in this afternoon. 85 lb. pack up and down the same hill for an hour and a half for 800' of elevation gain in 101 degrees. Fun fun.

Back to gear and a weight savings tip.....

If you're like me and take a pack of wet wipes into the back country, take them all out of the package and let them dry out at home. They will pack down a little smaller and will be lighter for your hike in if you pack them dry. Once you get to your destination/water source, you can add water to the pack and be ready to rock
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Old 08-20-2018, 12:06 AM   #343
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Iíve been watching this thread for a while and finally decided to put my gear list on here. I rarely post so if I miss something please let me know. I am stationed is Spokane Washington and will be hunting Metaline Falls area this year as they have a healthy bear population. We went up 2 weeks ago scouting and here is what I took with me for gear.

Tent: Catoma Armadillo
Pack: Mystery Ranch 6500
Sleeping bag: Snugpak Special Forces 1
Sleeping Pad: Klymit Insulated Static V
Pillow: Klymit Pillow X
Boots: Lowas
Food: Tuna, sardines, crackers, and Mountain House

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Old 08-20-2018, 12:41 AM   #344
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Doing my training in Norway this week. Run/hike starts at sea level and I cross cross a hill with a few hundred feet elevation multiple times. Even though Iíve been a madman on the step mill and high-incline treadmill, the lack of any real hills in Houston is evident in my glutes after just 2 days of working out here. (10+ hours of air travel doesnít help either)





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Old 08-20-2018, 01:13 AM   #345
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Hopefully day hunting out of spike camp

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Old 08-20-2018, 08:59 AM   #346
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You are a tough son of a gun if you're toting in your own firewood. LOL


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Old 08-20-2018, 02:25 PM   #347
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Well after getting in my maven 12x56 they were just to big for what I was hoping to use them for. Plan was to sell them and grab some of the 11x45 B2s. Guy offered me the exact binos I was wanting for trade plus some cash so now I have the 11x45 headed my way


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Old 08-20-2018, 03:19 PM   #348
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Well after getting in my maven 12x56 they were just to big for what I was hoping to use them for. Plan was to sell them and grab some of the 11x45 B2s. Guy offered me the exact binos I was wanting for trade plus some cash so now I have the 11x45 headed my way


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love mine, get the Kramer tripod adapter. Works great
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Old 08-20-2018, 03:21 PM   #349
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love mine, get the Kramer tripod adapter. Works great


I have the 9x45 now. Basically Iíll run the 9x45 for elk and whitetail and run the 11x45 for mule deer and other hunts where I am glassing a lot


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Old 08-20-2018, 03:26 PM   #350
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I have the 9x45 now. Basically I’ll run the 9x45 for elk and whitetail and run the 11x45 for mule deer and other hunts where I am glassing a lot


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I don’t usually bring bino’s elk hunting, unless it early season. Now for whitetails, mulies and pronghorns I pretty much live by my 11x 45. Ordering the 15x probably later this year also

I bought my daughter a pair of the c1’s and I was highly impressed with the price/performance.
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