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I think I have a gear problem
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Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
PM on 03/17/2013 23:16:12 MDT Print View

Yes, I have not "yet" set up my pm. I have only been a member for about 10 years so I thought I would wait a bit. LOL

I'll do it now.

If there is enough interest I will post a short trip post in a better spot. Otherwise PM me. The info is nothing you probably couldn't piece together from what I said, but I may be about to help you figure out it is might be your kind of trip.

Edited by millonas on 03/17/2013 23:21:02 MDT.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Only Four Sleeping Bags? on 03/17/2013 23:44:40 MDT Print View

That barely cover the seasons. What about positioning for different humidity and dew points? I can't see how just four can cover everything adequately.

The name escapes me at the moment, but I KNOW we had a poster here a few years back who had TWELVE sleeping bags! I ain't making this up!

The Gear Enabler.

Josh Brock

Locale: Outside
12?? on 03/18/2013 11:33:43 MDT Print View

That is way more than me. I must catch up!!! Or risk not being as prepared as said member.

Edward Jursek

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Gear problem on 04/21/2013 17:27:13 MDT Print View

Recycle on the Gear Swap Forum and on Craigslist. I have ended up with a decent slush fund on Paypal from doing this. This keeps my wife from knowing the true amount of $ involved. In buying and selling I usually run at a small deficit as I am in it to cut my gear spending losses and keep up my habit. This keeps the true amount off the family books. Like a cross between a crack addict selling to support a habit and congress hiding the true deficit. BTW - I have an old Dana Designs ArcFlex Terraplane I will sell you :)

Edited by on 04/21/2013 17:29:07 MDT.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: I think I have a gear problem on 04/21/2013 19:06:59 MDT Print View

What was it that Dante wrote? .... Oh yeah, "Abandon hope all ye who enter here"

Too late, you're a goner.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Only Four Sleeping Bags? on 04/21/2013 19:10:40 MDT Print View

"The name escapes me at the moment, but I KNOW we had a poster here a few years back who had TWELVE sleeping bags! I ain't making this up!"

That was Sven Klingemann wasn't it?

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Re: Only Four Sleeping Bags? on 04/21/2013 21:53:09 MDT Print View

Man, he's a rookie--I have 17 sleeping bags, 11 pads, and 15+ packs. And then there are all these stoves, canisters, clothing for all seasons, pots and pans, titanium stock, and other miscellaneous unimportant gear detritus. What a garage sale this will be when I am finally forced to give it all up. But what about Dale Wambaugh--I'll bet he beats me all to heck...

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Re: Only Four Sleeping Bags? on 04/22/2013 04:23:38 MDT Print View

Actually, I'm pretty sure that was Jonathon Boozer with the twelve bags. I remember because he sold at least one of them to me, and shipped me another couple that I bought online. He did post up some very very impressive gear room pics though, which I immediately showed to my wife to down play my collection.

As far as Dale's collection goes, I've also bought some of it, but I get the feeling he keeps it much more in check. I spent a day gear shopping with him a few years back in Seattle, and I get the impression that he gets much more enjoyment from passing on the great deals he scores, than he does from hoarding it for himself.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Only Four Sleeping Bags? on 04/22/2013 06:14:40 MDT Print View

Mr. Boozer. Hope he did not have a gear avalanche.

I remember his gear garage photo now.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Re: Only Four Sleeping Bags? on 04/22/2013 06:30:52 MDT Print View

Rod, I expect that you right about Dale. He has an interesting ability to piece gear setups together, and then offer the extra leftover items on Gear Swap for a good price. I could certainly learn something from him about keeping things in check...

Steve Meier
(smeier) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Wish I hadn't sold... on 04/22/2013 12:44:23 MDT Print View

Last year I sold a Trailstar and Hexamid and regret it to this day. So keeping all that gear is a good thing as long as its used. I try to lend it out when I'm not using it so others are enjoying the outdoors. I have the funds to spend and they may not. Spread the love...

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Deep Frreze
Re: Wish I hadn't sold... on 04/22/2013 12:46:55 MDT Print View

Well said Steve:-)

Gerry Brucia
(taedawood) - MLife

Locale: Louisiana, USA
Too much gear? on 04/22/2013 15:44:27 MDT Print View

My wife teases me sometimes because of my mass of gear. But I recently outfitted my brother-in-law's whole family with tents and sleeping bags/quilts for a family gathering. And it pleases me to no end to loan gear out to people who then catch the lightweight backpacking bug. Finally, it is fun to give gear away, usually small stuff like pots, alcohol stoves, stuff sacks, and such to scouts or friends who appreciate it. Nevertheless I do need to get rid of some of my stuff this year...for one thing, it is easier to store and easier to find when you have less stuff!

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: I think I have a gear problem on 04/22/2013 15:50:03 MDT Print View

Too much gear? I'll take it off your hands and dispose it properly... because I'm just a nice guy.

Seriously though, put some of it up on the gear swap. There are many people here would love to buy gear at a discounted price.

Gerry Brucia
(taedawood) - MLife

Locale: Louisiana, USA
Re: Re: I think I have a gear problem on 04/22/2013 15:57:12 MDT Print View

You're right! I think I will make a formal "new year's" resolution to sell some more of my gear. Do you think I procrastinate?!

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Re: Re: I think I have a gear problem on 04/22/2013 16:47:02 MDT Print View

Or you can sell some of your gear as "spring cleaning". Perfect timing!

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Problem? What problem? on 04/24/2013 06:27:33 MDT Print View

All I know is that once I'm homeless because I've spent all of my money on gear, at least ill have the kit to live in the park in ultralight luxury.

Nate Boyer
(NateB123) - MLife
gear on 04/24/2013 11:36:50 MDT Print View

I'd like to see some of the insane gear room pics. We should make a thread for that.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: gear on 04/24/2013 11:42:09 MDT Print View

Like this
or this

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Only Four Sleeping Bags? on 04/25/2013 00:31:37 MDT Print View

I only have three bags: 50f, 32f and 20f and nothing like a $500 down bag, just simple effective stuff.

I try to keep my gear under control, but I do have duplicates on pocket knives and lights, but those items are inexpensive things. I don't have a drawer full of $500 knives, for sure. 90% of my gear is second hand. The stuff that is new came from eBay, close outs or some sort of deep discount. It is a hobby in itself really. You will rarely find me in a big box store or shopping mall.

If I upgrade some gear, I sell the other to help offset the cost, so it's a kind of serial gear-matrimony :)

I do have one of everything: puffy jacket and vest, mid layer, etc, and I'm well covered for 4 seasons. I wear hiking style clothing near 365, so that gives me plenty of excuse for having a few pairs of zip off pants and nylon button down shirts. I'm pretty much an Ex Officio poster boy. You will never see me wearing a suit and tie--- I think I have a blue blazer that fits and something approaching dress shoes (ick!).