I am revamping a few components of my gear for a later summer back pack sheep hunt and I can't make up my mind of how to proceed on just a couple of items. Hoping I could get some advise.
- Backpack - I'm going with a Barney external frame. I'm leaning towards the 7800 cu Pinnacle Bag as the 6000 cu Hunter bag seems a bit on the small side for a 10 day hunt. Can the Pinnacle bag be cinched down to make it smaller for shorter trips? How do you guys fly with this back pack (not bush planes but commerical flights)?
- I'm after a light synthetic sleeping bag for 3 seasons and small for backpacking. I don't want to use my down bag. I've narrowed it down to two options. From research on this board, it seems like the 20 F North Face Cat's Meow at 2lb, 12 oz is very popular. Does anybody have any experience with the Kifaru Slick bags? The 20 degree bag weighs 2lb 3 oz and the 0 degree bag weighs 2 lb, 14.5 oz. I would like to use either ones these bag down on Kodiak for goats eventually for late season hunts. I also tend to sleep pretty cold. I'm not really concerned about the cost difference between the two bags. Doesn't seem to be much info on the Slick bags and I don't know if that is a good thing or not here.
Thanks for the help. This has to be the best source of mountain hunting on the internet. I thought I was a good hunter until I have read some of the stuff and experiences on this site. I have so much more to learn....
- What would you say is the average weight of your mountain rifle for back packing? Call me stupid, but mine is at 9.5 lbs, but I have great confidence with it and its treated me well on my hunting trips the past few years. I love it as if it were my baby! I think I would rather pack a few extra pounds with it just for the confidence factor. I'm sure my guide will look at me strange when I show up with a rifle with a 30 inch barrel and a 4-16 scope for a sheep hunt!