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Disclaimer: With the similarities in equipment choices, picture compositions, and outings I can only say that “WoodsWalker” and I are not brothers from different Mothers! Just two guys with exceptional taste in equipment, a love for the outdoors and winter camping!

I DO NOT CARRY THIS ALL AT ONCE!!!! JUST OPTIONS!!!!


I have so much crap lying around I figured it was about time to put together a Post with a list of items with photos and explain what I can. The list of equipment is long, heavy, and pretty inclusive. I use, have used, carry, and have carried everything on the list. Of course not all at once! Some of the items have different options listed. For example, my pack, I’d carry either the Kifaru ZXR or the Kifaru EMR (in winter) not both, one stove and cookset not four of each. I like to think of it as the mission driving the gear and not the other way around.
I tried to break it all down around the, “priorities of life,” to help keep things simple and easy to follow. For the priorities I used the “Rule of three’s.” 3 minutes without air/medical treatment, 3 hours without protection (clothing/shelter/fire), 3 days without water (clean/pure), 3 weeks without food, and 3 months without hope (Knowledge/Experience/Skill/Faith).
My loadouts are always changing and evolving. The items listed show what I use with multiple options for many of them. I have no idea what the wieght would be trying to carry all of the listed items at once but I can assure you it would be a kick in the pants! After doing my homework, Research and trying what I can, I then make the best choice for my needs. Like most of you out there I have thrown away a metric fuck ton of cash on crap gear and items that just didn’t live up. I believe in “pay once, cry once.” By that I mean, If I buy a quality tent and care for it that tent will last a lot longer than a cheap Wally World backyard model before it needs replaced. These are items that your life or someone you loves life could depend on. Get the absolute best you can of each item even if that means saving for it. Do not get me wrong, there are a few items you could save a little on and cheap options that are quality pieces. On the whole though, you get what you pay for.
When I do find “that” piece of kit that works perfectly for me I hang on to it! Sometimes I’ll even buy more than one. I do not baby my gear in any way nor does it set in a locker/closet/bin/trunk, but I do not abuse it either. Take care of your equipment and it’ll take care of you. I keep my bags and gear organized the same way every time I pack it. That way I can find whatever I need by feel whether it’s dark, raining, snowing sideways or I’m just tired. On to the information……

PACK; I drank the Kool-Aid a long time ago! I’ve gone from the Marauder, to the Pointman, to the EMR. Even though you can compress Kifaru’s packs pretty well I opted to upgrade my “all around” pack to the ZXR with XTL. The ZXR works well all year round even for winter overnights. Especially with a large POD attached. That baby swallows up winter sleeping bags. For extended trips and winter multiday outings I still us the cavernous EMR. The ZXR and all accessories are MultiCam. While the EMR and all of its accessories are Olive, but with multiple coats of tan/brown Krylon. The EMR served me well during two trips to Iraq. The modularity of these packs and accessory pouches gives me the ability to streamline or add volume as my mission/needs dictate. This is great because having items hanging off my pack is a major no go pet pieve of mine. Besides just looking sloppy it’s a great way to loose kit and get hung up on every stick or branch. The ability to use any manufacturers MOLLE compatible pouches is also a huge plus. I always use a few add-ons with my packs. Since Kifaru packs come with 27 miles of straps I started using Velcro One Wrap to tame them all and moved on to Web Dominators. When the rain and wet snow fall I protect my packs with Outdoor Research’s (OR), HydroLite pack covers. I protect the contents inside with OR HydroLite compression dry sacks. Definitely needed since all the packs and pouches have grommets! Should things get dramatic and I need to get off the X quickly I love that I can cache my main pack while beating feet with the E&E Pack detached.

MEDICAL; Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight series are well thought out, inclusive, lightweight, and waterproof. They are designed for active, on the move outdoors people. The Ultralight Pro is listed as being suited to a group of 1-10 people, for 1-7 days. The Ultralight Pro is pretty comprehensive but there is still plenty of room in the main bag to add any upgrades. My upgrades focused on traumatic injury treatment and more meds. I bought a couple extra Aloksaks so all of my upgrades are just as waterproof as the original kit. I have the training and experience to use all of the items in my medical kit should the need ever arise.

CLOTHING; I tried to break this category down following the body, and by keeping all of the special cold weather “winter” gear separated. As a rule I try not to use any natural fibers other than wool or silk, so no cotton. I always have a hat of some kind, and normally sleep with a beanie on. I also keep a “clean” shirt for sleeping in. It helps to keep my sleeping bags that much cleaner for that much longer. I stick with neutral, natural colors, even some camo. Run ops commando before but haven’t had any issues with the Under Armor Boxer Jocks. I like the extra support for the boys. I can not say enough about the GoLite Stealth Shirt! This Gore Next2Skin fabric, zip up collared shirt has saved my bacon many times. From windy rain swept range days, dramatic temperature drops in the field, to sudden snow falls in Northern Iraq. The Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket and Micro Burst Pants are great lightweight packable shell pieces. That is why they are also listed in the “winter” section. While the issued ECWCS items are way more durable for the long haul, when your bugging out over land the Patagonia shell set is hands down a better option. I’ve been wearing Danner Acadia’s for years. They are comfortable and provide the support I need humping a pack cross country. Neither pair of mine are insulated. I keep the non Gore-Tex tan suede pair for those hot summer trips. The winter list is all about layers! Putting on layers and peeling them off as needed in order to keep from getting overheated, (sweating.) The Patagonia DAS Parka and Micro Puff Pants compress really small and come with their own waterproof stuff sack. Both use Polarguard 3D insulation which is way more compressable than fleece. Throwing on the DAS Parka and Micro Puff Pants as my insulating layer then the Rain Shadow Jacket and Micro Burst Pants as my shell layer has gotten me through some pretty nasty winter weather. I find that I’m addicted to my neck gaiter in cold weather. With all those vessels close to the surface I can really regulate my temp via the gaiter. As many of you already know WindPro or Windstopper Fleece is the shit! Hats, gloves, jackets, pants, hell yeah. For those really cold outing I’ll strap on my Sorel Conquest boots that are rated for -40F.

SHELTER; With several back injuries making sleeping on the ground less and less desirable finding the Hennessy Hammock a few years back was a God send! I now have the Survivor model in woodland camo. Spent many nights kicked back in this baby during some wicked bad weather. Always stayed dry as a bone. I sometimes use my Ridgerest Pad inside it when the weather cools off. I can’t say enough about how well I sleep in it and how good my back feels in the morning vs ground sleeping. You might not think it because the hammock’s up off the ground in the trees but it does make for a very “low profile” camp site. I use it almost all year until it gets too cold. I do not have nor will I be buying any of the extras to make it into a “4 season” shelter. I use my Integral Designs SilTarp II (8X10’) all year round. It’s big enough with several set up options for use as a shelter but light and small enough to carry all the time regardless. Combine the SilTarp with some mossi netting and you have a cool, secure, weatherproof ultralight summer shelter. My mossi netting of choice currently is the Pro Force, Double Combo 4 Way Net. This netting comes pretreated with Permethrine, is olive in color and sets up in about a million different ways. The Ti stakes I use are very light weight and strong but wouldn’t be good for sandy soil. That is not an issue for me around here. In winter my Integral Designs Exp. Unishelter in woodland camo is the best bivy option for me. Small, light, very low profile, totally waterproof, and opens down the side. Bivy’s that are “top loading” are one giant pain in the ass to crawl into and out of! Be careful when buying bivy’s and sleeping pads. Make sure both the bivy zipper and your sleeping bag zipper are on the same side. Also have to make sure that your sleeping pad will fit into the Bivy. Learned this the hardway. 25” wide luxurious Thermarest pad that wouldn’t fit into the UniShelter stuffed with my winter sleeping bag. I use a chunk of British, Individual Protection Kit, tarp in olive as my ground cloth. I also use cut to fit chunks of IPK’s as footprints for all of my tents. It has been waterproof, light, and tough as nails! It’s always on the bottom and doesn’t have even a small hole or tear after many years of use.

SLEEPING; Most of the year I use my Ridgerest or ProLite Short sleeping pads. The Ridgerest is strapped to the outside of my pack normally on the top. On the top helps keep it from getting torn when I un-ass my pack. A plus for the ProLite Short is that it fits neatly and completely inside my packs. All the way down to a 3-day assault pack. The bright orange color is a little much for me but it’s only out of the bag a short time before it’s covered up. In the winter months I run a “pad combo.” On the bottom is a cut down Mil Issue closed cell foam puss pad. On top of that is my Thermarest Luxury Camp Regular. That is a lot of padding and insulation. I do not get cold while sleeping in the winter. I haven’t upgraded to the Exped down pads due to the fact that as stated I already have several Thermarest pads and haven’t had any trouble or issues with them. Summertime sleeping bags I’ll go over warmest to least. Wiggy’s FTRSS Overbag in black is plenty warm enough to get me into the fall. In the morning the black color really soaks in the sun’s rays (heat). Very nice after a damp chilly night. I have two Softie 3 Merlin bags. One is Olive the other is Tan. I have a Softie fleece liner that adds about 10-15F to the Merlins but when stuffed together the resulting bulk is the same as one of my lower rated bags. One of my favorite pieces of kit is my Kifaru Woobie! Wrapped up in this lil’ slice of heaven is as warm as the Merlin bags easily. WARNING: Do not leave your Woobie lay out at home! Too many stories of wives, girlfriends, kids, and dogs stealing them!
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Normally I have an AMK ThermoLite Bivy II that resides in my various kits and bags. The ThermoLite is a nice bit of protection in a small bundle. When winter comes and the merc drops I have several options but my hands down favorite go to bag is my Wiggy’s Ultima Thule FTRSS. This is a black main bag with a black overbag that when combined are rated to -60F. I have a North Face 0F Goliath bag, a North Face -20F Tundra bag, a used Mil Issue 3 Part MSS, and a brand new Mil Issue 3 Part MSS. All eleven of my sleeping bags are synthetic. I do not own any down bags. They are too expensive and I want/need the ability of my gear to keep me warm even when wet.

FIRE; Very important to survival. Fire can do a lot for me. Dry my clothes, keep my ass at 98.6F, thaw my frozen water, boil to purify my water, cook my food killing off all the “cooties,” keep preditory animals at bay, and raise my morlae. You get the point, it does a lot. I keep multiple disposable, adjustable flame lighters stashed throughout my gear. They are in my fire kit, in my cooking kits, with my stoves and of course in my pocket. My bottles of lifeboat matches are the same way. Placed in various places throughout my gear. The Gerber Strike Force is a large unit that takes two hands to operate but the size of this unit is also a help. It’s larger size is easier to grasp and manipulate with cold numbing hands. The Strike Force provides quite a shower of sparks. The Spark-Lite System can be used one handed which is nice should I get injured. The Spark-Lite is small, quick and easy to use. The Tinder Quick Tabs work great. They really take a spark and work even better when fluffed up a bit. Of course cotton balls are cheaper and can be supped up by soaking but I got the Quick Tabs so that’s what I pack. A large Magnesium Block with embedded striker is always thrown in my bags and kits. The two candles are made of edible oleo stearin, (vegetable fat), a food source, and burn for 10Hrs each. The Fresnel lens was cheap and helps with splinters etc.

WATER; I have not been a heat casualty but probably should have been several times. I have run many missions in the 125-135F heat of Iraq. I have set in hides for 12, 24, to 36hrs in this type of dry heat. I’ve also run missions in the jungles of the Philippines in 110-112F heat with 90-100% humidity. Point is, I know how the body works and how important water is to survival. When heading out my 3L camelbak is full and loaded in my pack. I also have two filled 32oz Nalgene Bottles. The Nalgene bottles get their own parkas during the winter. If there’s any chance of the water in my bottles freezing I’ll store them ass up so the mouth freezes last if at all. The two Nalgene 96oz Flex Cantenes take up little space when empty, weigh nothing but are robust with the added advantage of their wide mouth matching up with various filters. These I use when hauling water or just maxing out my onboard capability. That would be a metric fuck ton of weight and I only carry what is manageable. The 6L MSR Dromedary Bag is for base camp and top off operations. I do not run around the countryside humping 100lbs of water! My water treatment plan is redundant like most of my other important items. I use an MSR Mil Issue MIOX pen, and a Katadyn Hiker Pro Micro Filter model. I picked up the microfilter back when it was still under the PUR name. If I’m under the gun and on the move I carry AuqaMira tabs, dropp’em in and keep on rock’en. Coffee filters thrown in, no weight or space used. The Bandana is already in my kit and helps to support the coffee filters while passing water through.

FOOD; Simple, easy, and filling. What can I say, brother likes to eat!

COOKING; When it comes to cooking I can roll with foil straight on the coals or using a stick, to baking with my stove and Outback Oven. All of the food items I have listed have little to no prep and minimal cook times. While on regular outings and camping trips my menu’s vary and can be quite complicated. I enjoy relaxing and seeing what I can turn out in the backcountry. I’ve had several stoves over the years. After giving my MSR Dragonfly to a friend I picked up an Optimus Nova multifuel stove. It goes from blast furnace to simmer specialist as good as the Dragonfly. When packed it takes up less space than the Dragonfly and I really like the fuel line to bottle coupler. This is my main winter and extravagent meal stove. For fast and light trips the JetBoil and a couple Mt. House Pro Pak meals hit the spot! Of course I kick’em up a bit with cheeses and spices. When humping a JetBoil in the winter remember to keep those canisters warm. The single pot that I have been using the most for many years is my MSR Stowaway Pot. It’s a simple stainless pot with a locking handle that secures the lid with a clasp when closed. This pot has been indestructable. It provides a good amount of protected storage inside it when the lid is secured via the handle. When used with the Esbit Stove and a foil windscreen I can boil up some Ramen and Chicken in a few minutes with plenty of fuel block left for a hot drink after. When the Titanium revolution hit I jumped on the band wagon and bought a Snow Peak Mini Solo set. I have used it and keep it packed ready to go but………simply put, shit burns on the bottom without constant stirring! There just isn’t enough bottom surface for the heat to spread out. Even with stirring I’ve had food burn. I use the same set up as with the Stowaway Pot. Time after time my Mini Solo gets left behind. When it comes to utensils my current favorite is the Guyot Designs MealGear Utensils. They are light, super robust, and offer several features in just two pieces. They are sized perfectly for use with the JetBoil and Pro Pak meals. I love it when I finish a meal and my knuckles are clean! I also keep a Snow Peak Ti Spoork on a 550 cord lanyard along with a P38 and a flint and striker. I like having a thermal container in the winter time. The Stanley Outdoor food jar is great for hot drinks and can handle hot foods easily with its wide mouth. Works really well for late morning hot drinks or a warm boost on the trail.

NAVIGATION; Plenty of redundancey here. GPS is a Garmin Rino 130, nuff said. Lots of experience with the GI Lensatic compass (Tritium). I Keep my “pace count” written on a piece of luminous tape that is affixed to the inside lid. (With a proper pace count and good terrain association anybody can land nav like a pro.) I like the lightwieght smaller size of the Silva 4B. I normally loop the lanyard through a belt loop and keep it in my pocket. It is tritium as well. Never know when you’ll be covering ground at night and laying up during the day. The Suunto M9 goes on my wrist, around my belt or on a pack strap. Throw in a couple of the NATO survival compasses with the luminous dots and bobs your uncle. No pun intended. Map case keeps them dry and in one piece.

LIGHTING; This ones simple. Headlamps, Petzl, and LED sum it up. For any high power needs (spotting) I go to a Surefire. The ones that get the most use are my TacTikka XP, and my E1e Executive Elite. Lastly the Guyot Design Firefly LED Nalgene lid gives off plenty of light for me to work in my tents, bivy, and around my hammock. Great battery life on the Firefly as well.

COMMUNICATION; Garmin Rino 130 FRS/GMRS radio with NOAA weather channels built in. For getting info I have a Grundig Porshe Design SW radio. I will be upgrading this to one of the SW radios out there that have a self power option. Finally my Motorola cell phone with extnded battery.

POWER; Technology needs power, period! I have a Brunton SolarRoll 14 that I use on extended outings and pulk sled outings during the winter. Just to big for hauling everywhere. My go to source is my Solio. This is not only a charger but has an onboard battery that holds a charge for up to a year. I head out with it fully charged from home. It’ll fully charge my cell twice before it needs recharged. On a nice clear day it doesn’t take all day to recharge either. I rigged up a way to mount it on the outside of my pack so it charges while I’m on the trail. I keep my batteries safe and organized in PowerPax Caddies. I really like these from an organizational standpoint. Read OCD.

TOOLS; Basic cutting impliments. Multi-tool, folder, fixxed blade, camp saw & axe. Have to have a small Gatco diamond sharpener to keep all those blades sharp. I keep a shovel around for digging in and whacking motherfuckers when the ammo runs out. One Etool for earth and rock digging. I also have a Voile Avalanche shovel for ecivating large amounts of snow. It has a snow saw stored in the handle but I doubt if I’d ever get to use it around here. When I opted for trekking poles a while back I was skeptical. Well now I’m a convert. They help with my balance, take tons off my back and legs, and make great poles for various tarp set up's. Other tools listed are basic items covered in everyone else’s kits. I do have several ways to procure food from the wild listed here as well.

SIGNALING; For those times when I want found, picked up or rescued. Also good for signaling others in my party should we become separated. A handheld Launcher that stores multiple flares. Old standards, the signal mirror and whistle. I also carry a cut down chunk of VS17 panel and an ACR MS2000 military strobe light. Only high speed item here is the Adventure Light’s, VIPIR beacon.

HYGIENE; Small zippered hanging kit bag, loaded. An MSR personal towel and travel TP all bundled into an Aloksak. Nice, neat, and complete. Won’t leak inside my pack either. Picked up a love of wet wipes while deployed. Don’t forget to follow up dry, nobody likes swamp-ass!

WEAPONS; These are in levels as well, small to large. Non lethal options amount to OC Spray (mace,) and ASP collapsible baton. Firearms start with a Smith&Wesson snubby, 340PD with Laser Grips. Reload ammo on several Bianchi Speed Strips. This is my pocket/pouch gun. Many better options for my holster gun but I have time on the Beretta’s trigger and of course being the sidearm of the US Military I figure I can get spare parts easier over the long PAW haul. Assault Rifle is a Colt LE6920 (M4.) It has some accessories but nothing crazy and I am intimately familiar with all of them. One of them is sporting a couple layers of Krylon and it’s damn sexy! For straight up Zombie blasting my semiautomatic Benelli M4 has no peers. 8 rounds of whatever 12ga ammo you can get your dickbeaters on and it’s go time! Fast as you can pull the trigger you’ll be laying waste to the undead legions. Maintenance and cleaning of these weapons is made easier in the field via my KitMat, Otis Kit, eFECT tools. My cleaning chemicals are all made by SLIP2000. Hands down this is good shit, and the Carbon Killer has a great orange scent!


Finally, on to the list………………!!!!!!!


BOB 72Hr. (EXTENDED STAY!)
3 Minutes Without Air/Medical. (1st Aid/Trauma)
3 Hours Without Protection. (Clothes/Shelter/Fire)
3 Days Without Water. (5L To Start)
3 Weeks Without Food. (25,000cal)
3 Months Without Hope. (Knowledge/Experience/Skill/Faith)


PACK:
3 SEASON: Kifaru, ZXR, XTL Top, Multi Cam, 3800ci.
2X, Kifaru, Hybrid Long Pockets, Multi Cam.
2X, Kifaru, Liter Plus Pockets, Multi Cam.
2X, Kifaru, Stash It Pockets, Multi Cam.
Kifaru, E&E Pouch/Pack, Multi Cam, 1000ci.
Kifaru, POD, Large, Multi Cam.
2X,Kifaru, PullOut Sets, Coyote.
3X, OR, Dry Sacks, HydroLite, Black.
3X, Pack Mate, Roll Bags, Sport.
EmDom, Strobe Pouch, Multi Cam.
Tactical Tailor, E&E Pouch, Horizontal, Multi Cam.
Web Dominators, All Straps, Coyote.
OR, Pack Cover, HydroLite, Coyote.
WINTER; Same Set up Only Kifaru EMR, XTL, OD, 7500ci.
Same Pouches All In OD.
OR, Pack Cover, HydroLite, Black.
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MEDICAL/FIRST AID:
Adventure Medical Kits, UltraLight Pro, Stocked, (Augmented).
Trauma Upgrades; 2X, 6” Izzy Dressings, Mobile Pad.
2X, PriMed, Compressed Gauze.
Nasopharyngeal Airway, 28F, Lube Packet.
CAT Tourniquet, Black, Mil Issue.
2X, HemCon Bandages, 4X4.
Decompression Needle, 3.25”, 14Ga.
2X HyFin Chest Seal.
7.25” Trauma Shears, Black.
QuickClot ACS+.
Lactated Ringers, 1000ml OR 500ml, Giving Kit Complete.

Non-Trauma Add Ons;
2X, CERA Lyte, Rehydration Salts, Lemon.
Surgical Tape, Roll, White.
Purell Hand Sanitizer, Bottle, Mil Packaging.
Talon Gloves, 4 Pairs, Black.
NARP, Combat Casualty Reference Card.
Petzl, TacTikka, LED, headlamp, Black.
2X, N95 Respirator Masks.
4X Dermabond Vials.
24X, Butterfly Closures.
2X, Chemical Handwarmer Packs.
Dental Floss, Waxed.
Ben’s, 100 Deet, Small, Spray Bottle.
Medicines 24X; 800mg, Motrins, Ibuprofen.
2mg, Diamode, Loperamide.
20mg, Prilosec, Omeprazole.
5/500mg, Vicodin, Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone.
10mg, Flexeril, Cyclobenzaprine,
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CLOTHING:
3 SEASON- BallCap, (BF, or LaRue Tactical).
OR, PS50, Beanie, Black.
Bandana, Cravat, “Drive-On Rag.”
Silk Weight, Poly Pro, Top, Mil Issue, Black.
2X, Under Armor, Loose Gear, Tee, Tan.
GoLite, Stealth Shirt, Gore N2S, Olive.
Patagonia, R2 Fleece, Jacket, Alpha Green.
Patagonia, Sling Shot, Soft Shell Jacket, Alpha Green.
Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket, Alpha Green.
Patagonia Stretch Micro Burst Pants, Alpha Green.
2X, Under Armor, 9”, Boxer Jock, Black.
6X, Wigwam, CoolMax, Hiking Socks, Tan.
Danner, Acadia’s, Gore-Tex Black, Non Gore-Tex Tan.
Mt.Hardwear, Transition Tights, Windstopper, Black.
5.11 TacLite Pro Pants, Khaki.
The Wilderness, Ti, Instructor Belt, CSM, Tan.
Gloves, Leather Work/Fire, Mil Issue, Tan.
WINTER-Under Armor, 9”, Boxer Jock, Black.
Silk Weight Poly Pro Set, Mil Issue, Black.
Exp. Weight Poly Pro Set, Mil Issue, Brown.
Stretch Fleece Union Suit, Sleeveless, Mil Issue, Black.
6X, Socks, Liner, Poly Pro, White.
6X, Smartwool Mountaineering Sock, Gray.
OR, 6X, Wigwam Below 40’s, Wool, Olive.
Fleece Jacket, 300 Series, Mil Issue, Black.
Fleece Bibs, 200 Series, Mil Issue, Black.
ECWCS Parka (Gen I)/Pant (Gen II) Set, Mil Issue, TriColor Desert.
OR, Patagonia DAS Parka, Alpha Green.
Patagonia Micro Puff Pants, Alpha Green.
Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket, Alpha Green.
Patagonia Stretch Micro Burst Pants, Alpha Green.
Neck Gaiter, Fleece, Army Brown.
OR “Beanie”, Windpro Fleece, Black.
OR Gorilla Balaclava, Windstopper Fleece, Black.
OR Guillotine Fingerless Glove, Windstopper Fleece, Black.
OR Gripper Glove, Windstopper Fleece, Black.
OR Modular Mittens, Gore-Tex, Double Fleece Liner, Black.
OR Gaiters, Exp Crocs, Gore-Tex, Black.
Gloves, Leather Work/Fire, Mil Issue, Tan.
ESS, NVG Goggles, Tan, Mil Issue.
3X, Chemical Handwarmer Packs.
Sorel, Conquest Boots, -40F, Black.

(Hats, Gloves, Mittens, Gaiters, & Balaclava)
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(Ex.Poly-Pros, Silk W Poly-Pros, Stretch Fleece Union Suit, Stealth Shirt, & Transistion tights.)
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(Wigwam 40 Below, Wigwam Canada's, Wigwam 2 Coolmax Hikers, & Smartwool Exp.)
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(Civvie Shell, Arcteryx Theta sumthin, & TNF LW Pants. No need to be militant all the time.)
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(ECWCS Parka, ECWCS Pants, Fleece Jacket, & Fleece Bibs.)
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( Patagonia Shell Rain Shadow Jacket, Micro Burst Pants, DAS Parka, & Micro Puff Pants.)
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SHELTER:
Hennessy Hammock, Survivor, Asym, Camo.
OR, Integral Designs SilTarp II, (8X10), Olive, 10 Ti Pegs, (All Seasons.)
OR, Integral Designs Exp. Unishelter, Woodland, 4 Ti Pegs, (Add In Winter/Ext Cold Weather.)
ProForce Combo Mossi Net, Olive, (Spring/Summer Only.)
Individual Protection Kit, Ground Sheet, Cut Down, 72X25”, Olive.
50’ Seven Strand 550 Paracord, Olive.

SLEEPING:
SUMMER- PAD: Ridge Rest, Regular, 20X72X.625”, Green/Gray
OR, ThermaRest ProLite, Small/Short, 20X47X1”, Orange.
BAG: Kifaru Woobie, AMK’s Thermo-Lite 2 Bivy.
OR, Wiggy’s FTRSS Overbag, 35F, Black.
OR, Snugpak, Softie 3 Merlin, 41F, OD/Tan.
WINTER- PAD: ThermaRest Luxury Camp, Regular, 20X72X2.5”, Blue.
AND, Mil Issue Closed Cell Puss Pad, Cut Down, 23X72X3/8”, Gray.
BAG: Wiggy’s Ultima Thule, FTRSS, -60F, Black on Black.
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FIRE:
3X Bic, Disposable Lighters.
Gerber, Strike Force, W/ 1 Tinder Cube.
Spark-Lite, 8X Tinder Quick Tabs, Olive.
Magnesium Block, W/ Embedded Striker.
NATO, Lifeboat Matches, Bottle.
Fresnel Lens, Card.
2X, Oleo Stearin, Edible Survival Candles, 10Hr Burn Each.

WATER:
STOWAGE- Camelbak HotShot, 3L, Olive.
2X, Nalgene Widemouth Bottles, 32oz.
2X, The North Face, Bottle Parkas, Black. (Winter Only.)
2X, Nalgene, Flex Cantene, Wide Mouth. 96oz. (ZXR Slot Pockets.)
MSR Dromedary Bag, 6L, Black.
TREATMENT- MSR Miox Pen, Access Kit, Mil Packaging.
Katadyn Hiker Pro Micro Filter, Pre Filter, Carbon Cartridge.
20X, AuqaMira Tablets, Mil Packaging.
Coffee Filters, Bandana.
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[b]FOOD:(Minimum 3500Cal Per Day, Plus Reserve!)[/b]
1X, Mainstay, 3600 Food Ration, 3600cal.
6X, Mountain House, Pro-Pak, 1 Serving, Meals, Various, 500cal Each.
3X, Tyson, Chicken Breast, Chunk, Pouch, 245cal Each.
3X, StarKist, Albacore, White Tuna, Pouch, 140cal Each.
2X, Spam, Bacon, 12oz Can, 1080cal Each.
6X, Ramen Noodles, Picante Chicken.
1X, Velveeta, Shells & Cheese, 1080cal Each.
4X, Clif, Builder Bars, Chocolate, 270cal Each.
4X, Nature Valley, Sweet-n-Salty, Peanut, Bar, 170cal Each.
12X, Jalapeno Cheese Spread, Packet, MRE, 170cal Each.
12X, Cheese W/Bacon Spread, Packet, MRE, 180cal Each.
12X, Peanut Butter Spread, Packet, MRE, 260cal Each.
6X, Chocolate Dairy Shake, Pouch, MRE, 410cal Each.
6X, Strawberry Dairy Shake, Pouch, MRE, 410cal Each.
10X, Crystal Light, Immunity, Pommegranet/Cherry, Packets.
10X, Crystal Light, Hydration, Berry, Packets.
10X, Crystal Light, Hunger Satisfaction, Strawberry/Banana, Packets.
8X, ButterFinger, Hot Cocoa, Packets, 120cal Each.
Multi-Spice Shaker, 5, Black Pepper, Salt, Garlic Powder, Curry Powder, Wing Dust.
20X, Sedona Trading Co, Southwest Gourmet Capsules.
24X, Centrum Performance, MultiVitamin, Tablets, Bottle.
(Approx. 25,000cal, Total.)



COOKING:

Optimus Nova, MultiFuel, Stove, 2X 0.6L Fuel Bottles, WindScreen.
OR, JetBoil, PCS, Black, 3X 100g Fuel Cartridges, Guyot Microbites Utensils (On Cozy).
OR, MSR, Stowaway Pot, Stainless, 1.1L.
INSIDE- Esbit Stove, 15X Esbit Fuel Tabs.
Bic Lighter, Bottle Lifeboat Matches.
SnowPeak, Ti Spoork, P38 Can Opener.
Heavy Duty, Aluminum Foil, (Windscreen).
Scrubby Sponge, 1oz Dish Soap.
Bounty, Towel, Travel Roll.
OR, SnowPeak, MiniSolo Ti, Mesh Bag.
INSIDE- Esbit Stove, 15X Esbit Fuel Tabs.
Bic Lighter, Bottle Lifeboat Matches.
SnowPeak, Ti Spoork, P38 Can Opener.
Heavy Duty, Aluminum Foil, (WindScreen).
Scrubby Sponge, 1oz Dish Soap.
Bounty, Towel, Travel Roll.
Guyot, Squishy Bowl, Slate.
OR, GSI, Fairshare Mug, Green.
OR, Nesters, Space Saver Cup, (Bottom Of 32oz Nalgene.)
OR, Stanley, Outdoor, 20oz Food Jar. (Winter Only).
Guyot Designs, MealGear Utensils, Green.
OR, GSI, Tekk Utensils, Lexan, Blue.
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NAVIGATION:
Garmin, Rino 130, GPS.
GI Compass, Tritium, Mil Issue.
Silva, 4B NATO, Tritium, Mil Issue.
Suunto, M9, Wrist Compass.
4X, NATO 1605, Survival Compass, Francis Barker Model.
AO Maps, Aloksaks, Spec-Ops M/D Cell, (Mapcase), Olive.
Protractor
Pens/Markers/Pencils, RIR Notebook.
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LIGHTING:
Petzl TacTikka XP, Tan
Petzl E-lite, or Petzl TacTikka, Camo.
Surefire, E1E, Exec Elite.
Surefire, 6P, LED Defender.
Guyot Design, Firefly, LED, Bottle Lid.
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COMMUNICATION:
Garmin, Rino 130, GPS, FRS-GMRS Radio, Elec Compass, Altimeter, NOAA, Gray.
Grundig, Porshe Design, AM/FM/SW1/SW2, Alarm, SW Chart.
Motorola, Razor VE3, Cellular Phone, Extra Battery.
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POWER:
Brunton Solar Roll 14, Various Adapters. (Planned Extended Outings, Winter Only.)
OR, Solio, Solar Panel, TAD Gear Edition, iPOD/Cell Phone Adapters, Black. (Holds Charge Also.)
PowerPax Caddy, 8-AA Batt., Tan.
PowerPax Caddy, 8-AAA Batt., Tan.
PowerPax Caddy, 8-CR123 Batt., Tan.
OR, PowerPax A9 Caddy, 4AAA, 8AA, 1-9V, Green.
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TOOLS:
Leatherman Multitool, Wave, Black.
Emerson CQC7, Serrated, Limited Edition, Green.
Gerber LMF II, Infantry Knife, Tan.
OR, Emerson/Nealy, Timberline, Spec War, Knife.
Gerber Gator Saw I.
Gerber Sport Axe.
Gatco, TriSeps Sharpener, Diamond.
E-Tool, Mil Issue, Black.
Voile T6 Avalanche Shovel, Snow Saw in Handle. (Winter Only)
3X, Chemical Handwarmer Packs.
Leki Trekking Poles, Super Makalu, Core-Tec, PA, AntiShock. (Year Round)
Otter Sled II, Small (54X26X10”), Black, W/Cover, (Used as My Pulk.)
2X Locking Carabiners. (On Outside Of Pack.)
Nalgene Bottle, 32oz, Wide Mouth, Firefly Yellow. (PISS BOTTLE ONLY, WINTER ONLY)
100MPH Tape, Roll, Olive/Tan.
50’ Seven Strand, 550 Para Cord, Olive/Tan.
Emergency Fishing Kit, Gill Net, Speed Hook Mil Version.
50’ Snare Wire, Soft Brass, 24ga./Thompson Survival Snare Set.
M24, 7X28, Binoculars, Ranging Reticle, Mil Issue.
Spare Eyeglasses, Hard Case, Micro Cloth, Retention Band.
Watch, Casio Gshock, Tough Solar.
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SIGNAL:
Aerial Flares, 2 Red, 2 Green, Hand Launcher.
Star Flash, Signal Mirror, 3X5.
Storm, Safety Whistle, Black.
VS-17 Panel, Cut Down.
ACR MS2000 Strobe, Vis/IR, Mil Issue.
Adventure Lights, VIPIR, Light (IFF).
4X, Cyalume, ChemLights, 12hr, Green.
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HYGIENE:
OR, Toiletry Kit, Hanging Bag, Small, Black.
CONTENTS; Small Mirror.
Crest Total Care Paste, Travel.
Toothbrush, Folding, Travel.
Head&Shoulders Classic Clean, Travel.
Neutragena, Razor Defense Gel, Travel.
Gillette Mach 3Turbo, 4X Blades.
Gold Bond Powder, Regular, Travel.
Johnson & Johnson, Baby Oil, Travel.
Dr Bronners, Liquid Soap, Peppermint, 8oz, Bottle.
Dermatone, Lip Balm, 30spf, Stick.
Dermatone, Skin Protector, 30spf, Tin.
8X, Breathe Right Strips.
4X, Zeiss, Lens Cloths.
2X, Tide, Liquid Clothes Detergent, Sink Packs.
4X, Purell, Hand Sanitizer, Wipes.
4X, Oral B, Brush Ups.
Meds (Small Vial): Ibuprofen
Prilosec
Diamode
MSR Packtowel Personal, Tan.
2X, Charmin Travel Rolls, TP.
Charmin, Roll, TP, Vaccum Packed.
35X,Wet Ones, Big Ones, Citrus.
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BOB, DEFENSE/WEAPONS: (If Bugging From Home.)
Pack/Pouch Gun, S&W, Airweight, 340PD, HiViz Sight, Crimson Trace Laser Grip, 5 Shot.
4X, Bianchi Speed Strips, (20rds), 38Sp+P, or 357Mag.
First Defense, OC Spray, Mk4, 3oz, 20X 1 Second Bursts.
Beretta, 92FS, Trijicon Night Sights, Hogue Wrap Around Grip.
Safariland, 6004 Leg Holster, Black, Kryloned Tan, Lanyard.
ASP, Baton, 16”. (Mounts On Safariland 6004 Holster.)
3X, Beretta Magazines, 15rds, 9mm.
Colt, LE6920, 5.56mm, Scope, BiPod, FVG, Omega Rail System, Flashlight, BFG Redi-Mod, Sling.
8X, Pmags, 30rds, FDE, Windowed, Mag Plate, Grip Pads.
Benelli, M4/M1014, 12ga., Scope, Extended Mag, Sling.
12ga. 52rd Bandoleer.
AMMO- 25X, 38SP+P, 129gr, Federal, Hydra Shok .
90X, 9mm, 124gr, Federal, Hydra Shok.
240X, 5.56mm, 62gr, LC M855, FMJ, Penetrator.
45X, 12ga, 00Buck, 9 Pellet, Federal, Tactical, Full Power, Flight Control Wad.
15X, 12ga, HP Rifled Slug, Federal, Tactical, Reduced Recoil

WEAPON MAINTENANCE; EmDom KITMAT, Multi Cam, Stocked.
Gerber/Otis, Tool, Cleaning Kit, Black.
BCM SOPMOD Bolt Upgrade Kit.
Gerber, eFECT Tool, Black.
Sentry Solutions, Marine, Tuff Cloth.
SLIP2000, 2oz Each, EWL, Carbon Killer, 725Cleaner/Degreaser
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PAPERWORK: I use lists from various sources to make sure I’ve covered all my bases. Way too many to list here. Already covered indepth in many threads.[/size]
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omg how long did this take you to write??

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My God it looks like 1/2 the shit I own. Great post!

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WW did you read the Disclaimer at the top? :mrgreen:

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Well, the first question I have, is, is everything you've presented here, the contents of a 72 hour BOB, or closer to an INCH bag? If it's a 72 hour kit, I'd say there's far too much, for instance, in knives, flashlights, and firearms. If it's an INCH kit, or just your home bug-in kit (ie, what you have on hand to work with if TSHTF), then I'd say you're really doing well and you're rather prepared in many areas and seem to be considerate of all your needs and options. The camping/backpacking thing helps, obviously, since it lets you shake down your preps, so I see a lot of useful stuff here and less chaff or toys which a lot of bags can suffer from.


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That's one hell of a toybox, Mags. 8)

Thanks for sharing!

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:shock: Best post I have seen anywhere on teh internets in forever . Bravo!

I am gonna take my time and read this in the morning with my coffee . :D

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Thanks Mk.!! I know it's long but I think it's a good read. You'll get a lot more out of it instead of just meat gazing on the pics. (Not that you'd gaze! :wink: ) again thanks. I got pissed on here previously and quit posting but I figured, fuck it. Maybe I can help some one to save money before they buy junk. Lord knows I've wasted. WW's posts make me wanna whip mine out too! :lol:

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man.. that's a lot of nice gear... :) love that rifle..

i bet it took you quite a while to write this post... :o i hope you have it all saved...

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No I missed that. :lol: I use a fold up solar charger for AAA/AA that powers all my stuff. I need to upgrade my original 72-hour BOB post for some of my new gear that has replaced the older stuff. I used the Zebra light H50 this weekend on the AT. Rained ice/snow all day so had to weather the storm. My Micro spikes saved my ass from a few near falls that never happened. Going down mountains is far harder than up despite the less work involved. Anyways the Zebralight worked great as it can run 3.5 days regulated on low using a single AA. I can recharge 2 in ten hours and use the headlamp maybe 2-4 hours a night so guessing it would run a great many days on one 2xAA charging cycle. I don’t have a woobie and your post may have pushed me over the edge.

Looks like you have been doing this for some time and any replication within our gear is because we spend the money and time finding the very best the market has to offer so all roads goes to Rome so to speak. I have gravitated more to the heated shelters for winter as it offers options like taking a warm sponge bath during very bad weather as I did this weekend and unlimited water from melting snow when protected from storms. The downsides are longer camp setups and the expense. Also good gear does not equal knowledge nor expertise in application of that gear. Experience is what makes all the difference. Your stuff is shown used in the field so guessing there is no lack of experience on your part. This is a big difference over stuff that still has the price tags attached that often plagues BOB posts. Once a year I go out with minimal gear during winter. It is always a sleepless cold rotten time however feel the need to practice this so not to become dependent of my growing pile. One of these days I will create a minimal winter campout post but it is not all that fun and not sure if anyone wants to look at photos of a guy freezing his ass off. :oops: Much nicer to look at food cooking on a wood stove.

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Funny you'd mention a LW winter outing. Got a list & pic for that too.

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3 DAY WINTER LIGHT

TRAVEL: BACKPACK
PACK COVER
TREK POLES
SNOW SHOES

SHELTER: BIVY
SLEEPING BAG
SLEEPING PAD
GROUND CLOTH
TARP/CORD/PEGS

CLOTHING: FLEECE BEANIE
NECK GAITER
SW POLY PRO TOP
HW POLY PRO SET
FLEECE JACKET/BIBS
GORE-TEX SET
FINGERLESS GLOVES
MITTENS/LINERS
GAITERS
WOOL SOCKS
LINER SOCKS
WINTER BOOTS

GEAR: HEADLAMP/X BATT.
SHOVEL
SOLAR PANEL
T.P./WET WIPES
TOOTHBRUSH/PASTE
DIGITAL CAMERA/X BATT.
CELL PHONE/SOLAR ADAPT.
HEAT PACKS
FIRST AID KIT/MEDS
CAMP SEAT
GPS/RADIO/NOAA
LEATHERMAN TOOL
EYEGLASS CASE/CLEANER
AXE/SAW
HANDGUN

COOKING: JET BOIL/STAND
FUEL CANISTER
LONG UTENSILS
THERMAL FOOD JAR
POT/LID
FIRE GLOVES
PAPER TOWELS/SPONGE
FIRE STARTER
H.D. ALUM. FOIL

FOOD: HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
CRYSTAL LIGHT MIX
4 FREEZE DRIED MEALS
RAMEN NOODLES
CHICKEN POUCH
OATMEAL
POP TARTS
INSTANT SOUP
GORP/SNICKERS
BABY JACKS
HOT SAUCE

WATER: 2 NALGENE BOTTLES
2 BOTTLE PARKAS
10L DROMEDARY BAG

Being Cold SUCKS!

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Ellie With An Axe wrote:
:shock: :lol:

Well, the first question I have, is, is everything you've presented here, the contents of a 72 hour BOB, or closer to an INCH bag? If it's a 72 hour kit, I'd say there's far too much, for instance, in knives, flashlights, and firearms. If it's an INCH kit, or just your home bug-in kit (ie, what you have on hand to work with if TSHTF), then I'd say you're really doing well and you're rather prepared in many areas and seem to be considerate of all your needs and options. The camping/backpacking thing helps, obviously, since it lets you shake down your preps, so I see a lot of useful stuff here and less chaff or toys which a lot of bags can suffer from.


I think he is showing all his gear options. Things change with the seasons. Do you think he is packing a Hennasy Hammock and USGI 2-man tent?

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Nice setup man! I see a lot of my gear pictured in this thread too. I'm in my final semester of nursing school and look forward to graduating and finally having time to hit the woods again.

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Nice Gear.
Nice Presentation.
Glad to see that there is another person that doesnt buy all thier gear at Walmart.

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Woods Walker wrote:
I think he is showing all his gear options. Things change with the seasons. Do you think he is packing a Hennasy Hammock and USGI 2-man tent?

Do I think he is, or are you saying he is? I'm not sure what you're asking. Or is that sarcasm? :( I was just unclear whether he was packing a 72 hour kit, or several kits/an INCH bag, that's all.


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Looks like a nice winter camp. I have used a bivy/tarp combo in the past and beyond the tipi this is my most used winter system. Only I like to pitch the tarp as an A-frame over the bivy’s front. But for the UL winter camping I am talking about involved only items that can be fit into a Kifaru E&E. Big fire and protection from the ground is key. I use cheaper tarps for these adventures as often I get pin holes and don’t want to mess up more expensive gear. It is suck city and still have not done it this year but somehow someway fear it will happen. After which I will tell myself this is the last time....... :?

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Ellie With An Axe wrote:
Woods Walker wrote:
I think he is showing all his gear options. Things change with the seasons. Do you think he is packing a Hennasy Hammock and USGI 2-man tent?

Do I think he is, or are you saying he is? I'm not sure what you're asking. Or is that sarcasm? :( I was just unclear whether he was packing a 72 hour kit, or several kits/an INCH bag, that's all.


No sarcasm here. Sorry I misunderstood your question. I was thinking that you believed he packed all that gear which is clearly impossible.

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Fucking Stud! E&E for a winter outing..........I'm your huckleberry!

Although tempted via your great threads I have not yet bitten from the forbidden fruit that is heated winter camping. I am weak, and I will cave. When I do Mel will get a phone call!

Ellie, quit meat gazing and read the thread it explains itself. Assume nothing.......

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I think that an REI and Kifaru went out to dinner one night, got crazy drunk, went home and threw up all the gear in this post...

It's like Christmas... without the reindeer for target practice... or the fruit cake. You left out the fruit cake.

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Mags wrote:
Fucking Stud! E&E for a winter outing..........I'm your huckleberry!

Although tempted via your great threads I have not yet bitten from the forbidden fruit that is heated winter camping. I am weak, and I will cave. When I do Mel will get a phone call!



Once you get into the heated shelters there is no turning back. This weekend I was curled up in my UL V-bag with down vest and fleece liner drinking hot coffee watching the stove pipe turn cherry red listening to the ice pelt off the Paratipi thinking holly crap this is a cake walk. Add in the 4 inch loft of the downmat 9 DLX and my stud days are over. Darn junk is turning me into an f@cking candy a@@ and that is the real reason why I have not gone out this year for hard core stuff. :( Still I feel the calling and somehow it will happen.

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What model is the Eureka dome tent? Did I miss it being mentioned?

I have one very similar, but it's at least 10 years old...yours might be a "re-vamped" version of the same tent. Mine's the K2 XT in a dark green color.

Good looking gear...better looking girlfriend! 8)

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Holy. Crap. I am now depressed over my tiny about of preps! Great posting, and I see some of my gear there too, which is a good sign I suppose. Now to get rich so I can afford the rest.....


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Gotta be $50/ $60 bucks wortha gear there.

(perhaps more dan dat)



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More info on the hawt womanz .... STAT.

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