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Dayhike: Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Went for a quick dayhike around Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. It was about a 6-mile hike. 3 miles in, 3 miles back. Give or take. My favorite place to go rambling through the woods (when it isn’t hunting season). These are just some random spliced shots filmed with a Flip video camera anchored to my backpack strap using a Gorillapod tripod.

Wanted to test out my new bag, a Spec Ops T.H.E. backpack, which I reviewed here. Also wanted to practice setting up another tarp shelter.

Total pack weight couldn’t have been more than 20 or 25 pounds, which included:

* Two 8″x6″ tarps (.5 mil) and 8 tent stakes
* Two 50-foot lengths of paracord and other miscellaneous cordage
* Leatherman Wingman multi-tool
* Ontario Air Force survival knife
* Tri-fold shovel
* First-aid kit
* Fire-starting kit
* Stainless steel 1-liter(?) water bottle
* Half-gallon of water (which I didn’t use)
* Snugpak jungle bag
* Electronics gear (Flip video, digital camera, GPS receiver, cell phone)
* Gorillapod tripod
* Full-length tripod
* Compass
* Back up pair of eye glasses
* Two pairs of gardening gloves
* Small notebook and a few pens/pencils
* Wallet/ID
* House and car keys
* Lunch was a tortilla sandwich made with hummus, salami, and swiss cheese

Setting up a tarp tent shelter in the backyard (somewhat clumsily and mostly failing)

But I finally got it looking right in the end. Anyway, it’s good to practice. A few things I learned: 1) Need 6 or more tent stakes (two to stretch out the sides), 2) On warm days, that thing’s an oven. It probably helps to raise the back part up a little to let in some air.

TUFF SHED: Storage Buildings & Sheds | Standard Ranch

TUFF SHED: Storage Buildings & Sheds | Standard Ranch

With my luck, if I built one of these on my property in West Texas, it would probably just be stolen or towed away on the back of some dude’s Ford F150. But still interesting to me. I lived in a 10’x12′ “efficiency” studio in downtown San Francisco for 7 years. I would fit right into one of these nice and snugly.

Still thinking of going the school bus or shipping container route.