Packed ready for a four-day trip – Except there has been a change of plan, now it’s only going to be three days. +2

Gear Test – Sealskinz waterproof socks. Wet shoes, dry feet – Waterproof sock, and they worked. Now I have a footwear solution for snowy trails. It’s just a shame I didn’t get these before it snowed. One-minute read, +1

Packed and Ready to go – The Bishop’s staff were delivering the second of two training events for new vestry and church leaders this Saturday morning. Like most meetings nowadays, it was on Zoom. I got to be slide master, and we all gave 10-minute talks to introduce ourselves and let the folks know how we can help them. As soon as we’d finished delivering the morning’s training I was ready to get changed and head out of here! Two-minute read.

Snow day gear repairs – I’m usually pretty easy on my equipment, but recently I’ve got careless and damaged three items of my backpacking gear. Today I removed my temporary duct tape fixes and applied permanent repairs to my underquilt protector and rain skirt. One-minute read, +5

All packed up and ready to head home – and it’s only six-and-a-half miles of fairly flat going.

Gear Damage – I tore my under quilt protector when I fell out of my hammock on my last trip. Despite spending half-an-hour looking for the damage at home, I didn’t find it. I’ve now made careful notes of where it is so I can repair it.

Improvised water filtering arrangements – This is what happens when you don’t use a packing list and pack in a hurry. I forgot to pack the 64oz water pouch I use for holding unfiltered water. The pouch screws onto the filter, squeeze it, and you have clean water. Fortunately, my 8oz squeezy washing bottle has the same fittings, so I used that instead.

My 2020-2021 Winter Backpacking Gear. Five-minute read

My current backpacking cooking kit. 2 pictures

Gear change – new backpack. Zpacks Arc Haul. One-minute read

Time to have breakfast, then pack up and go. One-minute read, 3 pictures

Winter Backpacking / Hammock Camping Gear.

Back Yard Bad Weather Hammock Testing. I took advantage of some heavy rain to check out a couple of new items of gear. Five-minute read

Peak Design Capture Pro Camera Clip (and a New Tripod) Five-minute read, 5 pictures

Beretta PX4 Storm Compact 9mm semiautomatic handgun in a BLACKHAWK! Serpa CQC Carbon Fiber Appliqué Finish Concealment Holster

Open Carry and Concealed Carry Holsters – A quick look at my current holsters plus some thoughts on handgun ownership. Five-minute read, +7

Backpacking gear (365:286) – I’ve got a busy seven days ahead. Tomorrow I’m off backpacking with a couple of friends. Should be good; I’ve no idea where we’re going – somewhere on the Buffalo River in Arkansas. We’ll be back Saturday, and then on Sunday, I’ll be off at 7.30 am to Chicago with Tom to help clear a house and haul some stuff back to Springfield.

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