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A Little Kifaru History (Written in 1997)

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As a foot soldier in the hunting fields, I’ve been carrying store-bought “hunting packs” for over 40 years. Not liking what was available to purchase, I started making my own. The first problem I had to solve when I began … Continue reading

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Flexible Hunting (written in 1997)

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I like things flexible. Versatile. Like my choice of rifles: keep them light and give them enough caliber to handle any situation you might encounter in the area you’re in. And so on, with all one’s hunting gear. When I … Continue reading

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4 Season Camping (Written in 1998)

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May as well start with summer. Ah, summer. A time of mid-day warmth and mosquitoes in the high country. You’ll probably want to open both nylon doors and close the mosquito netting doors. Don’t worry about pitching the floorless tipi … Continue reading

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Backpack Check List (Written in 1999)

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Here is my old checklist– backpack, boots, extra sox, extra underwear, bandana, rain/snow parka, toiletries (TP, handiwipes, tooth stuff, any routine medication), first aid kit, hat and gloves, fleece, appropriate sleeping bag for the conditions, foam pad(s) for above, spoon, … Continue reading

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Camp Cooking of Small Game (Written in 1998)

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This discussion will focus on general principles to ensure toothsome meat, especially small game, collected and prepared in the backcountry.#1–try for center of mass hits. This will usually place the bullet through the animals thorax (chest), not the gut. Gut shot … Continue reading

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Getting Further Back (Written in 1997)

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Good afternoon. Thanks for coming. I’ll set the tone for this talk by giving you a subtitle: “Making Meat on Your Own Two Feet”. I’m going to talk mostly about backpacking up and in to where the game is. We’ll … Continue reading

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Meditations on Hunting Backpacks (Written in 1998)

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As the founder, chief designer and former owner of Mountainsmith, one of the world’s best known manufacturers of technical backpacks, I spend about 200 days a year camped out testing designs. On almost every one of those trips, I carry … Continue reading

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The Possibles Pouch (written in 1997)

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Over several decades of wandering the backcountry I’ve developed a kit of “possibles”–items that can save my bacon, or just ensure comfort, wherever I roam. The term “possibles” comes from the intrepid Mountain Men of the Rocky Mountain West, who … Continue reading

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Arizona Outdoors Interview with Jim Solomon (September 2001)

Posted on June 23rd, 2020 by

Patrick  I’ve been backpacking and backpack hunting for about 45 years.I owned a wilderness survival school (Colorado School of Outdoor Living) from 1972 to 1980.I was a Certified Cross Country Ski Guide from 1974 to 1982.I founded Mountainsmith Inc. in 1979, … Continue reading

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Solitaire (Written in 1998)

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The reader who has perused a bit among my other “essays” knows that I am pretty much a solitary hunter/rambler. I do it by myself. Perhaps some probing of the ramifications of this style of wandering would serve the reader- … Continue reading

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