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    Default What's your favorite piece of gear?

    Just interested to hear about what people consider their single favorite piece of gear. Mine is the Sea to Summit back country shower. It's essentially a waterproof stuff sack with a twist shower nozzle on the bottom of it. You can fill it with water, lay it on a rock and in three hours you will have a warm shower. It packs down to absolutely nothing. But I mostly use it in camp to easily distribute water for washing my hands, doing dishes and cleaning up around the camp . I do some guiding as well and it's very handy for that.

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    I have to pick just one? That's a tough call.

    Probably my camera/phone...I am adamant about recording trips with photos and journaling so that I can share it with my family, especially my mom who I don't see very often

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    Warbonnet Blackbird hammock. Best sleep in my life.
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    Svea stove, bought in 1969. Always works.
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    Also my most awesome 4 inch thick Big Agnes sleeping pad.

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    Maps.

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    Zebra light H52 headlamp...I always plan my hikes with aggressive schedules.....I can't remember the last trip that didn't involve at least a few hours of night hiking.....I guess I'll never learn.....


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    At the moment it's my Native ultimate 14.5 kayak

    i just got back from a 3 night paddle/fish/camp trip on Shakelford banks, Cape Lookout, NC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mags View Post
    Maps.

    They show possibilities, let me dream, and let those dreams become reality.
    Can't agree more. There is something special about a physical map.
    You can walk in another person's shoes, but only with your feet

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    For me it comes down to the bug proof mesh of my tent vs all my delicious warm down. I love my feathery, bug free nest.

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    the stuff inside my foodbag.

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    An indomitable spirit of adventure. If I bring that, the rest is easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DuneElliot View Post
    I have to pick just one? That's a tough call.

    Probably my camera/phone...I am adamant about recording trips with photos and journaling so that I can share it with my family, especially my mom who I don't see very often
    I agree. "Favorite gear" to me says something that may not be your core stuff but something more of a choice item. I enjoy making trail videos as much as planning the hike, and I geocache. So I like my camera/phone for all of that.
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    In today's society, a large majority of people carry a cell phone, some carry two; one for work and one for personal use. Cell phones have come a long way from the original "brick phone" to small flip phones to flat "It can do anything" style phones. Today's phones are capable of taking great still shots and record videos. While I still use a separate digital camera, I classify a cell phone as a piece of emergency equipment. It can be used to contact emergency personnel in the unlikely event you need to be evaced out. We have come a long way from building smokey fire to signal for help. Phones should be included on your gear list, even if it just stays in its waterproof bag. Please no Flintstones comment.
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    Maps - they let me see what I've done and what's up next.

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    my western mountaineering sleeping bag. no matter what weather, I look forward to being in it or resting on it

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    Netless hammock
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    I was going to say my Tilley hat since that's the only thing I bring that's even close to a luxury item..however, I just recently got a deuce of spades trowel- and coming from that plastic s2s trowel this thing is incredible! So my answer is definitely my trowel

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    Cell phone for pics but not really gear...trekking poles for all the falls and injuries it has prevented( some would say unnecessary or luxury item) ...tent to get away from snorers and camp legally wherever I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenlots View Post
    my western mountaineering sleeping bag. no matter what weather, I look forward to being in it or resting on it
    Exactly right. Since 1980 my most valued piece of backpacking gear has been my high quality down bag(s). They allowed me to get thru the worst weather and the coldest weather with some amount of comfort and peace of mind.

    Lately I've been putting more and more value on my inflatable sleeping pad(s)---comfort is king on long trips.

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