- Jan 22, 2007
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Well said, Yk. I'll probably drop the hard case, at least. It's a jointly owned phone between my brother, father, and I, so I tend to be a bit more careful with it since it's not mine alone. Still, your point is a solid one - there's other ways to ensure its protection. I've already dropped all kinds of other redundant items, and feel like I'm actually fairly well honed in on what I need. I could drop my heavier knife and rely on the havelon alone, but I've never actually quartered an animal with such a blade, and would certainly have to use a bit more finesse so as to not break every blade I have. I'll have to think on that one. I'm also carrying a paratarp for the first time this go-round, but that's another non-negotiable, as I want to be able to sleep with the sheep if need be.
For what it's worth, I carried almost 5 days (8 lbs) worth of food up the mountain last weekend for a little solo ramble. With food, rifle, ammo, 2L water, and all in gear, I think I was around 47 lbs. Almost no flyweight stuff either. Synthetic bag, synthetic jacket, four season tent, 7.5 lbs rifle, full size GPS, sat phone... All heavish but durable.
No camp shoes, no booze, no extra game bags, no tarp, no bivy, no pack cover, no reading material, no changes of clothes (other than socks). Eat, sleep, shoot, cut... that's about all when I'm solo, particularly if I have an ATV a day or so away where I can stash those comfort items. Two man and fly out hunts are a bit different, and extras and redundant items are more critical.
For "sleeping with the sheep" I just carried the tent. I see the point of a tarp for sure, but I'd rather carry the 3.5 lbs the last mile up the mountain, than carry the extra item for many miles going in and out when it's just me doing the packing.
I do carry an extra 2oz pocket knife though. Haven't broken a blade on a Havalon on a dozen animals... but I did loose one once!
Obviously opinions differ, and plenty more successful people that me pack plenty heavier, but I can't do it. Suspect you will still get up the mountain faster than I would though. You guys that live at the base of the Chugach have a built in advantage over us Fairbanks people. Real mountains!