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All the Gear a Guy Could Want

I like gear. I collect gear with an almost rabid enthusiasm, and I almost always have a place to put it.

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by Ryan Jordan | 2009-10-06 00:00:00-06

All the Gear a Guy Could Want

Editor's Note: This feature originally ran in Issue 3 of the BackpackingLight Print Magazine.
"Store your gear in a big plastic box," writes Matt Colón in his "Get Out Now!" article.

His favorite box: a 110-liter Rubbermaid storage bin. The presumption is that organization and tidiness of your gear store will decrease the time required to plan a backcountry trek, improving the chances that you'll actually take one.

I started out with one of these boxes, full of all the gear a guy could ever want.

But my duties as a product tester eventually moved me to two, and then three boxes, which eventually occupied a closet. Finally, I invested in a box caddy, which of course expanded to hold twelve boxes and now enjoyed its own space in the garage. It too, held all the gear a guy could ever want.

When the prospect of adding another twelve-box unit to the garage threatened Stephanie's ability to park her car inside on those negative-thirty-degree Montana winter days, I was demoted - no, wait, promoted! - to my very own off-site storage unit. This, of course, greatly simplified matters. When it came time to prepare for a trip, enjoy some time alone, read a book, or just kick back and drink a glass of milk, all I had to do was drive a few blocks to my storage unit and enjoy any one of these activities surrounded by, what else? That's right: all the gear a guy could ever want.

Until the storage unit got full.

Backpacking gear, day-hiking gear, winter backpacking gear, ski gear (randonee, tele, and alpine), pontoon boats, fly rods, sleds (and pulks - why, yes, of course there is a difference), and more.

So I moved into a warehouse. And then a bigger warehouse. At one point, my office occupied the top floor of the warehouse and I was again surrounded by... all the gear a guy could ever want.

And for 90% of my trips, I fit what I actually need into a thirty-liter backpack. And once I'm on the trail... it holds all the gear a guy could ever want.


"All the Gear a Guy Could Want," by Ryan Jordan. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2009-10-06 00:00:00-06.


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Scott Chandler
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Locale: Northern California
The closet on 10/20/2009 21:40:54 MDT Print View

I got lucky when we moved into a house with a couple of spare bedrooms and I got one of the closets and my wife got the other. I only have as much gear as I can comfortably fit in there, and if I adopt a new piece of gear that usually ends up going on trips with me, the old stuff heads for ebay or the Salvation Army. It's a great system. Get something new, put out something old to make room. That works for skis out in the garage too. Just enough hooks for all the different types of skis I need (one pair for when the barometric pressure is above 29.7 and another pair for when it's below... at least that's what I tell my wife when she asks.)

Michael Sagehorn
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gear in a bucket on 10/25/2009 00:05:37 MDT Print View

When I moved I was confronted with a blend of gearfrom 28 years of outdoor hobbies, military equipment, outdoor education and Scout leading.

The Scout gear went to the troop, gave away a few things, and yes even tossed a few things. The system I have now is putting all equipment into a series of covered Home Depot buckets.

Bucket 1- Has everything for a trailhead camp in 3 season weather supported by my Subaru including spares and repair tools including fuel

Bucket 2-Has everything less food, water, and sleeping bag for backpacking that will be transfered from the bucket into my pack.

On most trips I throw both buckets in the back, select a sleeping bag and a pad, pack some food and a small cooler and steer the Subaru to the trailhead.

When I get back to the car, the two empty buckets filled with nearby stream or lake water hopefully near where I parked make a serviceable dump shower before getting into the car.