In the last issue we covered what gear to take for overnight trips where being as light as possible allows you to cover as much ground as you can in a confined time.
In this issue I will cover the gear I take for trips of two to four nights in length. These trips for me are purely trophy hunting trips where it is most likely that I will not pull the trigger at all. I like to travel light, hunt the evenings and mornings with minimal gear and then shift camps through the middle of the day while the animals are bedded up. If I do find the big one, I’m going to spend most of my available time on getting into the best position at the best timing to have a crack at him and it helps if I don’t have to return to a hut or big base camp each night.
Firstly I need my trusty 75l pack, sleeping bag and foam bed roll.
Next on the list is some shelter. This is always forecast dependant. With a good long range forecast all I take is a piece of plastic silage cover about three meters in length by about two meters in width. This weighs next to nothing but is well worth carrying because, as most of you will know, you can get rain at any time in the mountains. All I do is lay the plastic out, roll out my bed roll and sleeping bag on one side then just fold the other side of the plastic over top. If the forecast is not so good I take my Huntech bivy, which is still pretty light but gives you plenty of room to store gear under and handle a storm.
Assuming I am already wearing boots, socks, gaiters, shorts, a cap plus a base layer t-shirt and bush shirt; I also take extra kit in my pack consisting of:
A good quality fold out knife
A small pocket knife-just in case I lose my main knife.
A small diamond steel
Camera+ small tripod – very handy if you’re hunting alone and want some good quality pictures with your kill
Spare ammo- ten rounds is usually plenty
A light weight water proof jacket
Thermal top and long johns
Basic 1st aid kit
Lighter and also a piece of rubber for a fire starter
Next is my cooking kit.
For a cooker I use my jet boil “flash” this is a great piece of kit that packs away inside itself so takes up very little room. It boils water quickly and can operate in quite a stiff breeze. It is also a very economical little cooker, I can usually get four days out of one 100g gas canister. I carry a small pot which doubles as my plate, as well as a fork and knife.
Last but not least is tucker.
We’ll start with breakfast; for me this is a mix of rolled oats, banana chips, pinch of salt and milk powder. I mix these into meal sized portions in zip lock bags. All I then need to do is add a couple of cups of boiling water and presto you have a good hearty warm breakfast.
For lunches I usually pack two one square meal or bumper bars plus some cheese and crackers to snack on. I also like to take a block of energy chocolate for something to keep my sweet tooth happy.
Dinner consists of one back country meal per night plus a couple of cuppa soups.
It’s not exactly lavish living but your not up in those hills for fine dinning and you’ll survive on bugger all if you are constantly on the go.
That’s all from me this time, next issue I will cover trips of five nights and longer. Until then keep safe and happy hunting.