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37 minutes ago, Phil Lilley said:

Cool.... thanks.  I'll take a look.  Square things...

Packs great kinda the new thing

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Thermarest camp pads are the best. Feathered Friends makes the best sleeping bags. Tent depends on how many per tent. Might want a thermacell to keep away the mosquitos, plus deet. Take bear precautions if in the bush in bear country.

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What kind of weight are you needing to stay under with your camping gear? I can live for a week out of my backpack with 35lbs weight total, water being the only thing not included. 

Could give you a gear list for that but if you have more weight to work with, that only makes things more and more comfortable. 

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Babler and I are floating the Holitna River central Alaska in August. Haven’t been told what our weight limit is yet but I’m looking for things like a sleeping mat, bag and cooking equipment. Bill has a lot of it but I want to consider upgrading some of it. Also I need solar chargers for cameras. 

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NEMO, Sea to Summit and Thermarest are the main brands for sleeping pads. I recommend getting one that is 3” thick when inflated. Depending on your weight requirement and budget, they could be $75-175, but these things go on sale frequently. I just got a NEMO Field Tensor for about $85.

For sleeping bags, a lot of people are switching to quilts because they are half the weight. I haven’t yet because I haven’t found a good deal yet. Marmot Trestles Elite are the best value option there is to be had in the bag world. For ~$75, you get a ~2.5lb bag. To save any weight off that, you would need to spend $200-300 at least for a down bag and then still only save maybe .5-.75 pounds. On the quilt side, 1.5lb quilts rated down to the mid 30s can be had for about $150 (thermarest chorus 32). 

Cooking. I use a 8” folding frying pan that can be found at Walmart and academy and one of those burners that sit atop a Coleman 1lb propane bottle. If I had to do it again, I’d get something that sits on the ground and connects to the bottle by a hose. That setup is probably three pounds. My backpacking setup, which is just meant to boil water really, is less than a pound. 

Also, I use a website called Active Junky that gives you cash back at many popular camping type stores (Backcountry, Cabelas, Moosejaw, etc.). Can send you a link if interested that gets us both bonus cash. The cashback goes up to 12-15% at times. Other good sites to save money are Sierra.com (owned by the Marshalls/TJ Maxx folks) and CampSaver (who runs 20-30% off coupon codes on the reg). 

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I double a lot of the suggestions of troutringer. A thicker or more insulated pad is always a plus. I ended up with the Klymit Static V insulated and have no complaints. I use a Teton Tracker +5F bag. This combo has allowed me to be very comfortable into the low teens. The only problem is with mummy bags if your not use too them they are awkward. I have a small camp set of pots and pans that nest together that you can get at almost any outdoor store and they work for me along with an MSR pocket rocket. Once again I'm likely only boiling water or warming soup. I carry a 4 person tent for me and my wife because the room is nice to have.

I found when buying my gear the big rage was trimming lbs/ounces and while that's great it's a great way to add hundreds of $ to gear. At the end of the day, I was never intending to through hike the App. trail and I'm 230lbs so I could cut more weight off my body than I ever could by spending hundreds more. My pack fully loaded is 50-60lbs. and I have no problem hiking 10-15 miles per day over multiple days at that weight. 

Since your floating, you're going to be in a similar situation from the standpoint of a couple lbs here or there shouldn't be a game changer provided your under whatever your weight limit is.

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When we floated the Kelly 10 years ago, Bill and I mailed our stuff up there a month before but had to leave some of it at the hanger because the plane only carried so many pounds and we were over.  Once on the river, the rafts will carry whatever we take so that's no issue.

I want to take more video cameras, batteries and SD cards on this trip.  Probably new camera mounts... will try to be creative.

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