Zero day gear....
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Ben Whitsett
(BenWhitsett) - F
Zero day gear.... on 02/21/2012 09:05:57 MST Print View

What is that one or two pieces of gear you only carry for a zero day? Regardless of weight or lack of use, you carry it to enjoy on that lovely day off resting in the back country.

P. Larson
(reacttocontact) - F
Re: Zero day gear.... on 02/21/2012 09:28:51 MST Print View

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John Jensen
(JohnJ) - F

Locale: Orange County, CA
Re: Zero day gear.... on 02/21/2012 10:05:49 MST Print View

Tenkara rod?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Zero day gear.... on 02/21/2012 11:00:40 MST Print View

In the Sierras, sometimes a fishing pole.

Binoculars.

Camera, since I don't usually take one.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Zero day gear.... on 02/21/2012 12:05:52 MST Print View

For me, I don't carry anything for enjoyment. The hike itself is the enjoyment! Yeah, I once took my mp3 player with me -- and found that songs I liked to listen to at home became somehow annoying and distracting. YMMV on this one, definitely.

Serge G.
(sgiachetti) - M

Locale: Boulder, CO
good reading on 02/21/2012 12:45:34 MST Print View

a kindle is a nice thing to have on a zero or low mileage day.

Noel Tavan
(akatsuki_the_devil) - MLife
re on 02/21/2012 13:35:56 MST Print View

What is a zero day? sorry for being clueless ...

Patrick S
(xpatrickxad) - F

Locale: Upper East TN
Re: re on 02/21/2012 14:53:07 MST Print View

A zero is a day off from a long hike. Zero day = zero miles. Nero = nearly zero.

I don't really carry gear for a zero, but I guess I use my journal and camera on zeros. Also my sleeping pad for a lot of lounging around.

Michael Levine
(Trout) - F

Locale: Long Beach
Zero day gear.... on 02/21/2012 14:55:48 MST Print View

Noel: It's a day where you don't log any miles. So say you're doing the 212 mile John Muir Trail, you've gone for five days and you're sore and in need of R&R, you decide to just "hang out" and not move to the next camp. That's a zero day

Samuel Kau
(Skau)

Locale: Southern California
Read a book on 02/21/2012 15:04:35 MST Print View

+1 on bringing a kindle and reading outside!

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Zero day gear.... on 02/21/2012 15:10:45 MST Print View

@ Michael:

Thanks for the definition. I mistakenly assumed "day trip". But using your definition of a day's break from a long trip, I can't imagine lugging a Kindle (etc.) all the rest of the time (and somehow keeping it charged).

But even with this definition, for me, I still wouldn't bring anything extra.

Edited by ben2world on 02/21/2012 17:50:05 MST.

Richard Fischel
(RICKO) - F
two or three things on 02/21/2012 15:14:08 MST Print View

a book which can be swapped, deck of cards and red and black poker chips for playing checkers.

Ultra Magnus
(Ultra_Magnus) - F
Re: Re: Zero day gear.... on 02/21/2012 15:16:24 MST Print View

Dunno what you are thinking, but e-ink e-readers have very long battery life, unlike LCD e-readers like the kindle fire and B&N nook, which are essentially crippled tablets.

BM

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: re on 02/21/2012 15:21:56 MST Print View

Patrick,

I'm with you. Wash some clothes, lounge, swim, maybe fish. Usually it is a little bit of exploring too. Books/Kindles... nah. There is too much other stuff to enjoy. I can read at home.

Kurt Suttell
(krshome) - F
0-day on 02/21/2012 16:04:44 MST Print View

I bring a basic hammock to chill in after a lazy lunch.

Edited by krshome on 02/25/2012 20:01:05 MST.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Zero Day Gear on 02/21/2012 16:11:42 MST Print View

Fishing gear and a IPOD with small speakers and listen to some chill-out music.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Kindle on 02/21/2012 16:20:48 MST Print View

E-Ink Kindle weighs 6-8 oz depending on model and have a month or more of battery life. They're on par with a paperback for weight but much more functionality.

That said isn't carrying zero day gear like carrying bivy gear on climb "If you bring it, you'll use it" ;)

Granted I've never done a long hike but I find boredom with no indulgences is a great motivator for moving around!

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Zero day gear.... on 02/21/2012 17:12:03 MST Print View

"What is that one or two pieces of gear you only carry for a zero day?"

Nada, zip, nothing. Zero gear for zero days. In the places I visit, simply wandering around experiencing the "unbearable lightness of being" provides all the enjoyment I could possibly ask for. About as SUL as it gets. Actually, I have always allowed for a substantial number of such days when planning my trips. It is a major reason I go to the mountains. Some go to pick 'em up and put 'em down; I go simply to be. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, I guess.

Tyler Barcelli
(youngster) - M

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Zero day gear.... on 02/21/2012 17:40:01 MST Print View

Although I rarely bring it, if I know I will be taking some zero days then a nice bird identification book is what I bring. Although I tend to take short walks from camp when doing this so not sure they are technically zeroes

Edited by youngster on 02/21/2012 17:41:04 MST.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Re: Zero day gear.... on 02/21/2012 17:42:55 MST Print View

"Although I tend to take short walks from camp when doing this so not sure they are technically zeroes"

That would be a perfect zero. A little exploring of whatever strikes your fancy.