The Mystery Ranch Crew Cab backpack in the expanded configuration sucked up all the extra gear that had to be shed from two other packs to make room for the carry out. With this pack I can always take my basic gear and then whatever else needs to be hauled back to the truck. That’s why I love it.
My brother had a Coues Deer down in very rugged terrain and I rolled in to help carry it out but we also had another tag to fill, we were still hunting. I left the truck with my basic gear load out which would allow me to do a full day of glassing and bivy overnight if I needed or wanted to so my Mystery Ranch Crew Cab was in the compact, unexpanded configuration.
Here is the gear I used
WHAT I WORE
Lowa Tibet GTX boots
Danner Merrino Wool Flashpoint Over-The-Calf Socks
Arborwear Stretch Tech Pants
Yates Uniform Rappel Belt
Under Armour Loose Gear Long Sleeve t-shirt
Under Armour 9 inch Boxer Briefs
Hardcore Outdoor blaze orange cap
Maui Jim Ho’okipa sunglasses
ON MY PERSON
Mini Sharpie permanent marker
Storm Whistle on a 550 cord lanyard
Bannana Boat Lip Balm
Suunto M-9 Wrist compass
Black Diamond trekking pole with reflective decals and duck tape
IN MY HILL PEOPLE GEAR KIT BAG CHEST PACK
My home assembled first aid kit in an Aloksak waterproof envelope
My home assembled fire starter kit in an Aloksak waterproof envelope
ACR Firefly III Strobe Light
Petzl Tikka 2 Plus Headlamp
SPOT 2 Satellite Messenger
Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS receiver
Icom VHF radio with remote speaker mic and lithium ion battery
Zeiss Miniquick 5×10 monocular
Reflective tape squares
Bullfrog Sunblock gel envelope
Off Insect Repellant towelette
IN MY MYSTERY RANCH CREW CAB BACKPACK
Patagonia Micropuff Primaloft insulation layer jacket
Kuiu Chugach shell jacket
Hanz Nomex Gloves
Outdoor Research Balaclava
Wiggys Lamilite pillow (mostly for sitting on)
Camelbak 100 ounce Water Beast hydration bladder
Nalgene 32 ounce Cantene bag with Vitalyte drink
Nalgene 32 ounce Cantene bag with Wilderness Athlete Meal Replacement drink
Therm-a-Rest Pro Lite 3 three quarter length sleeping pad
Manfrotto Bogen 055CXPro3 Tripod with Outdoorsmans Pan Head and Binocular Adapter
Swarovski 15×56 SLC Binoculars
Surefire G2X Pro Flashlight
Oreo Cookies, Nature Valley Nut Clusters, Wilderness Athlete Peanut Butter Crunch food bars and Werthers hard candy
25 feet of 550 cord
Area topo map
Costco Baby Wipes
Game cleaning kit (Randall model 5 Camp and Trail knife, Havalon Piranta New Pro Trophy Skinner knife, P2 exam gloves, medium game bag)
Gerber Sportsmans Wood Saw
Spare lithium ion radio battery
I did not include my JetBoil Sol Ti stove, fuel and Ramen mix because it was so warm (low 80s to low 40s) but it would have been easy to add.
You might think I go a little too far on some things but I still have that old duty to act mentality and we were in a remote area. Also, because of my background, people will look to me if something bad happens so I have to be properly prepared, I wouldn’t forgive myself if I wasn’t. Truth is, I sort of like playing the support crew slash safety guy slash camera man role.
Everything worked very well, I am very pleased.
EDITORS NOTE – I got an interesting call this afternoon from a muckity muck in the industry who asked me if I knew what the total cost of everything on this list. I told him that cost was not a consideration in my evaluations but yes, as a matter of fact, I did have that number. As is the total retail cost of everything listed above is just under $7000.
If I were the one hunting and the weather were colder that number jumps to over $14,000. Pricey I know but that is absolutely the very best of everything I want with me in the field and not one single thing more. Add to that a $50,000 pickup, a $10,000 ATV, a $40,000 toy hauler, etc, etc and you understand why they call this market niche “the elite outdoorsman”.
Sorting through the fads and fashion of the outdoor equipment industry to identify and promote the very best wilderness gear for high end recreational users, backcountry professionals and government agencies.
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