Swamp video, hanging with CarolinaRiverRat

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by Joezilla, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Joezilla

    Joezilla Moderator- Wilderness and Survival Skills Moderator

    Jul 22, 2005
    Got to hang out with River Rat just recently, had a great time. We spent time down in the swamps near Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, played with Condor goods, and a totally awesome Hanwei Banshee, and traded stuff for his kukris (hazaa!) Also, we went down into the deep swamps to test out some of the gear for my upcoming amazon trip with amazon 5000. Once again, its absolutely crazy how quickly forum members get comfortable and start talking like we've known eachother for years. I had a great time with him and can't wait to go swamp stomping again.

    Last edited: Sep 13, 2012
  2. caine


    Nov 9, 2003
    Guess I am going to have to get off my butt and get out the Engineer Bolo out and show people LOL. I hear you Joe on the Forum people. Meet and its like you known them forever.
  3. tknife


    Mar 18, 1999
    Great video, I love the big bags o' knife goodness!
  4. averageiowaguy


    Mar 22, 2011
    Thats fun! I've been readying my gear for Amazon 5000 too. I think I've got a good pack put together. LOL at your swamp treking. Mud indeed.
  5. Joezilla

    Joezilla Moderator- Wilderness and Survival Skills Moderator

    Jul 22, 2005
    Did you get that brazil stuff sorted out? Did you get the list too?
  6. averageiowaguy


    Mar 22, 2011
    I'm staying in Peru. We're doing the Iquitos to Tabatinga leg but I'm stopping short of the border and catching a boat back to Iquitos. I did review the gear list and I made a few changes based on what works best for my particular jungle style. Here is what I came up with broken down by function

    Fire Steel
    Vaseline cotton balls in an ibuprofen bottle wrapped with ranger bands
    3 bic lighters


    MSR Titan Pot
    Snow Peak spork
    two 32 ounce nalgene bottles
    Coleman's water purification tabs
    4 ounces soy sauce
    4 ounces Sriracha

    Outback single rectangular mosquito net (just in case)
    MSR E Wing Tarp
    Blackbird Warbonnet single bottom hammock
    Gossamer gear ultralight sleeping pad
    ear plugs

    Altama Domestic jungle boots (without the steel plate)
    2 pairs of thin wool socks (one to be kept dry)
    I'm also bringing some thin nylon dress socks to try

    REI convertible nylon pants
    Exofficio Geotreker shirt
    Arcterix nylon short sleaved shirt
    5.11 tactical nylon belt
    Condor baseball style hat
    3 bandanas

    My newly modified Altoids fishing kit (updated after much experimentation in the field)
    Fenix LD-20 with head band and red cap
    two AA Lithium batteries for extra
    Base plate style compass
    Garmin Rino 655T GPS/Radio
    95 feet of orange paracord - one 25 foot length and the rest in 10

    My lawnmower blade parang/sheath

    The rest are luxury and trade:
    BK16 modified for jungle
    HEST 2.0
    Leatherman Juice 2

    First Aid
    4X4 gauze pads
    Various band aids
    mole skin
    duct tape
    athletic tape
    my modified ball point pen needle safe with needles/thread
    a big tube of petroleum jelly
    a container with ibuprofen/benedryl
    sun screen
    baby wipes
    malaria pills

    write in the rain notebook with pens
    Loksak bags of various sizes
    Marathon Tritium watch with date

    For a pack I am switching from the Junglas pack to a Maxpedition Vulture 2. They are very similar packs. The reason I switched is because the Vulture 2 has basically the same capabilities but has more room and weighs a lot less. Both are fine packs.

    I haven't weighed the pack but I've hiked hours with the thing and it is extremely comfortable. Certainly well under 20 pounds. I think this is the lightest I've ever gone but I have all of the same functionality. It was just a matter of finding better, more purpose suited gear. The MSR E-Wing was a HUGE improvement over my last 2 jungle packs.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  7. Joezilla

    Joezilla Moderator- Wilderness and Survival Skills Moderator

    Jul 22, 2005
    I'm having a cuben fiber version of the MSR Ewing made, I love it so much.

    Did you see he had a bivy sack in there. Bivy sack in the jungle.....Might as well make a human tamale.

    I'll be posting up my list as well, with a video here soon. Check out Grand trunks mosquito net
  8. Joezilla

    Joezilla Moderator- Wilderness and Survival Skills Moderator

    Jul 22, 2005
  9. averageiowaguy


    Mar 22, 2011
    Here is a video of my stuff. Not sure whether anyone would be interested.

  10. averageiowaguy


    Mar 22, 2011
    What is a Cuban fiber version of an E-Wing? And yeah, some of the gear choices they made had me scratching my head. But then I remembered that they were crossing mountains and everything else during the expedition. If you take the whole of the trip as the guide for a gear list, it makes a lot more sense.
  11. Joezilla

    Joezilla Moderator- Wilderness and Survival Skills Moderator

    Jul 22, 2005
    You are spot on with your gear, it mirrors mine very well. I'm waiting for the tarp (weighs half as much as the e-wing) before I get the video. That gear list was just for our jungle trip. He has one for mtns, desert, and the other environs too
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2012
  12. Joezilla

    Joezilla Moderator- Wilderness and Survival Skills Moderator

    Jul 22, 2005
    Hah, just watching the video now. I'm bringing the Titan, Soy sauce, trade goods, crocs
  13. averageiowaguy


    Mar 22, 2011
    You still rocking the Fenix LD-20?
  14. Joezilla

    Joezilla Moderator- Wilderness and Survival Skills Moderator

    Jul 22, 2005
    Just got a new light today, a THROW MONSTER on 2 AAs... The dereelight javelin. You know how I am on wanting to spot animals far off...I'm liking it only it weighs a bit more with a huge head.
  15. averageiowaguy


    Mar 22, 2011
    I'm gonna go with the old standby for this trip. The thing works. If it ever breaks or wears out I will be shedding tears. Hopefully I'll be able to find another light that is comparable in quality.
  16. Carolina River Rat

    Carolina River Rat

    Oct 29, 2008
    Had a great time wandering around the swamp with you Joe. Hadn't been able to get much woods time in this summer.

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