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Testing my new hiking vest

Burtt, Mark, Cocoa and I took the day to go hiking.

I have a tendency to carry too much stuff. It is true in survival that the more you carry in your head, the less you have to carry on your back. However, even though I keep learning and trying new things and am very happy with my level of survival skills and outdoor knowledge (especially edible plants. Iím doing great with that and feel like I can identify most of the plants I see) I just canít seem to get it in my head to truly go light. Iím getting better and every time I pack for a hike or a weekend backpacking trip, I go over and over my gear and keep eliminating items, but I need more work. I bought the survival vest In this pic and have used it a few times. It really does help me cut back. Of course you see that Iím still carrying my Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack. I carry it for a few reasons. One, when I drop my pack and make a camp site, the versipack goes everywhere with me in the woods. It has my handgun, the first aid kit I put together in the front pouch and Quikclot blood stopper, fire starting materials, a canteen cup to boil water, a little food and shelter making items and some miscellaneous gear. So with my Versipack, I have enough of the basics to get by easily if I have a problem in the woods.

The biggest pocket you see stuffed on my left front side, is my shelter. All it is is a 10 x 12 ultralight tarp. It is large, but is very light and I can do a lot with it. I can made a large and simple A-frame shelter, a large lean too, or even fold the bottom in and almost make a little tent with a bottom.

Anyway, my new survival vest is great. The only bad thing about it is that a vest isn't as "normal" looking as a backpack. Depending on where I'm going, I still sometimes use a backpack. For example Mark and I did an overnight beach hike/camping trip last week (the pictures are below) and we parked in a state park, hiked along the beach including in front of some peoples camps and with the vest, I might look a little militant. Since we were parked in the state park and had to hike through some peoples camps and then sneak in the state park and camp overnight, I didn't want to push it.

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