1. Curt
    Curt July 9, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Amen Brother! Add to portable music players, every other thing electronic (Kindle, iPad, even gps unless you plan on being way off trail), saving yourself the need to carry solar chargers or spare batteries and thus saving more weight.

    And that “garment-washing-and-agitating-device (also known as a bear canister)” also makes a great camp chair.

    1. Byron Nevins
      Byron Nevins July 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

      I love my Kindle on the trail! I have all my permits, instruction manuals for all the stuff I bring, a wilderness first aid book, the JMT guide book, tree identification stuff, etc., etc., etc.

  2. Kelly Fitzgerald
    Kelly Fitzgerald July 9, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I love my cotton t-shirts and won’t go anywhere without them. ;o)

  3. Dan
    Dan July 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I have yet to backpack with a tent. Always have a a small tarp for underneath, but in the nearly 10 years of backpacking, usually 4-6 day trips, only once have I had to use it for anything but sleeping on top of.

  4. Marian
    Marian July 9, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Great post, Ray! It’s been over a year now since I read your ebook and decided I could do this (with my husband). And you directed us to the JMT yahoo group – the source of ‘all you ever wanted to know…’ (and perhaps way more than you ever wanted to know…) Any chance I could ask your wife about her personal end-of- day freshening-up items/routine (in the tent) that you referred to in one of your posts? I’m still trying to figure out that that part…

  5. Ian Clipstone
    Ian Clipstone July 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Ray, I love your posts mate! The gun really made me laugh!

  6. Chris
    Chris July 9, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Years ago I went backpacking with a guy who was afraid to be outdoors, so he brought a gun. We were sleeping outside, and in the middle of the second night, he mistook me for a bear, and almost shot me. I heard the story the next morning.

  7. Alyssa
    Alyssa July 16, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Hey Ray, I leave in five days and your book/blog have been a huge help. Have you done a post already about little-known useful items that people should definitely bring if they can afford the weight? We have a large group and can afford to disperse more gear.

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