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For those who have "been there, done that". found things that work and those things that don't. Tell us about one thing that you have that has made your backpacking experience easier or added pleasure and comfort to them.

I am an off-trail backpacker and one who uses trekking poles. One problem I have always had is trying to hold and use a compass while bushwhacking.

My purchase of a Moscow thumb compass eliminated that problem completely and has made wilderness navigation much more comfortable for me.

Tell me one thing that you found made your backpacking experience better.
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That's a tough one. So many thinkgs I decided I could live without, and then rediscovered.
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A comfortable seat. Very heavy but worth it for the comfort. In the middle of the day when I stop to rest I open it full length and use it as mattress for a nap. Campfire seat. Place it under my sleeping pad to raise the head.
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I would have to say either my trekking poles or my Thermarest  chair. The chair is really nice after a long day on the trail in front of the campfire or just staring up at the stars in.
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Pee bottle.

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Pee bottle and trekking poles are at the top of the list, but for me I think it's a very lightweight EMS wind jacket, which was on sale years ago and I bought on a whim, that packs down to nothing.  I find it perfect for cutting the wind on that blustery but not especially cold day or on that high ridge as you come out of the shelter of the trees.  Not much to it, but it does the job. I hardly ever go on a hike without it.

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Right now my favorite piece of gear is my newest piece of gear -- a Warbonnet Blackbird hammock. After decades of backpacking with a tent I finally made the switch to hanging, and my biggest regret is not doing it sooner.

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My Granite Gear Packs.

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Tie between my ULA Circuit and Feathered Friends sleeping bag (Grouse).

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I'll have to go with my Clark Hammock.  Boy, do I sleep good in that thing.
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The hammock I use for taking naps on day hikes.
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Osprey's Exos series packs with ventilated backs.
I was dubious about packs with suspended mesh backpanels, but a couple of years ago decided enough was enough after hiking in a short sleeve t-shirt with sweat pouring down my back and between my butt cheeks in February. It's warm here most of the year, and the ventilation has made a huge difference in my comfort.
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The hammock I use for taking naps on day hikes.

Now there is man who thinks and plans. :)

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Berkey Sport Water bottle.
I carry that thing with me every where.
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My Chair Kit, followed by a Platypus 1L filled with nice wine... And my wife.

As long as she has her own chair kit and another Platy full of nice wine........


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No one favorite piece of gear anymore. I have too many favorites.

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I never would have said trekking poles but the more I think about it.....at my age.....

trekking poles.

W/the ITB in my right leg flaring up I do not think I could go down a long hill anymore w/a pack without them.


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My Moment is my favorite. Solid, light, and well built.
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It can change depending on season, location, weather and activity. The one item that I always carry regardless of situation is my Suunto Vector. The features I use the most are  the watch and altimeter. It always me to hit targets in distance traveled per hour, vertical feet per hour and inconjunction with a topo map and altimeter, location. After much thought and dileberation this is "That one piece of gear."
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Ive used the same primus stove since 1996, over 1000 backcountry nights.  Its still kicking too.

Also, gregory packs, and western mountaineering sleeping bags.  Everybody is different, but these 2 brands hit my comfort zone with everything they make


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A $4.00 Instaflator.  So simple, so light, and so effective.

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Sea to Summit folding bucket and Icebreaker wool t-shirts. Couldn't get down to one.
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My shoes...my feet feel great during a long hike

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