Traveler’s Gear

Here is an ongoing selection of gear I’ve acquired, made, or find useful in travel.  I will try to limit this to things I actually use and are specifically for camping.  Much of it will be “classic” stuff but I make no attempt to portray a “period” of history.  I live in the world as it is but I tend toward the older, often simpler, high quality goods of the past.

Questions, ideas, and submissions are definitely welcome.

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My “Possibles” Field Bag.

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This is most of the contents from the above bag; things I don’t like to be without. Clockwise (more-or-less) from the upper left: Brunton pocket compass, Moleskine notebook, pencil, folding knife, whetstone with bag, belt knife, wooden spoon, 550 paracord, insulated mug, hand lens, sunglasses.

 

Above is my Svea 123R by Optimus.  A design dating back to the mid-1950s that has withstood the test of time.  Like others from my generation, I strayed into canister fuels and more high-tech alternatives but came back to this through a mixture of nostalgia and a sense of the aesthetic in this simple little beauty.  More information on vintage liquid fuel stoves can be found here.

I picked this up on a whim and it has made me very happy.  The Optimus 80 is based on (almost exactly copied from) the highly successful Primus 71.  Possibly the only stove I have owned to actually work better than the Svea 123.  The canister is a little awkward but makes for a clever design nonetheless.   More about this acquisition can be found in an earlier blog post.

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With a gasoline stove you must carry a funnel.  For years I had a nice little tinned copper one I picked up somewhere many years ago.  One day, while haunting a little antique store in Lubbock, Texas, I saw this little gem sitting on a shelf, tarnished until it was almost unrecognizable.  I gave $4 for it and put it back into commission for it’s next stage in existence.

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Some of my camping gear based on the period from about 1745 – 1812.

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Folded for travel or storage.

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Unfolded, ready for use.

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Rear view, showing hole for wall mounting.

A LINK to the lantern can be found HERE.

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Willow pack basket I made several years ago. The straps were obviously new then.

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Dopp kit and some leather working tools I use to create items like this.

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Treadle lathe turned bowl and plate made by Mick Robins in spaleted alder (I think). The spoon is Osage orange carved by me.

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My traveling bucksaw.  Find out how to build it HERE.

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My huarache experiment. Still going strong after many years and several different soles.

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