I’m not a really big fan of owning a lot of gear. For the most part I try to keep my backpacking life simplistic for many reasons, though for the most part it’s because I want to spend more time in the outdoors knowing exactly what I own and how to use what I own, than spending hours in a gear shop or gear closet.
With that said I also love going on little mini adventures with my son who is soon to be four years old. In these adventures we usually look for trolls living in trees or rocks. (My bedtime stories usually involve a dad and son on a camping trip and a big friendly troll that lives in a tree… a story for another day). In any case these small bedtime stories prime my sons sense of adventure and every time I mention sleeping in a tent he’s racing out to the car with his backpack on. Like father, like son!
Me and Eric bring our kids out for a lovely evening by the lake. Right side of the pic my son and our yellow gear. Left side of the pic Eric, Klara and his Double rainbow and green hammock
But as I stated in the beginning, I don’t like having a lot of gear, and I certainly don’t like carrying a lot of gear. Kids gear to say the least is, shit. It’s heavy, expensive and rather useless. So I choose to build my sons kit around my own needs. For example, I own only two quilts and two sleeping mats. One quilt is a down quilt rated at -6 Celsius and weighs 630 grams, and the other quilt is a synthetic -2 degree bag that weighs 720 grams. I bought the synthetic quilt as a winter complement to my down quilt. This quilt combination brings me down to -20 in the winter. In the summer it’s a great bag for my son.
Is this big rock where the troll lives??
My two sleeping mats are a thermarest xl xTherm and an Xlite small. The xtherm is excellent for my winter adventures and the xlite is a great torso pad that weighs 200 grams for 3 season use. It’s also a perfect kids sleeping pad.
Our entire kit for the night. The duomid, two quilts, sleeping pads and more
The tent I use is the Mountain Laurel Designs duomid with no inner tent and two trekking poles setup in an apex at the top opening up the center completely. A great two man tent that weighs 700 grams with the perimeter netting.
I even bring along a tenkara fly rod and flies to do some fishing with total weighing in at 103 grams. A hammock for him to play in, a DD super light hammock that weighs 270 grams, food, and flashlights to go look for trolls with.
Depending on how where feeling we´ll even bring a MLD Trailstar.. Though it’s less accessible than the Duomid. It’s much larger floor space means no fast in and outs
Everything I need for me and him with extra clothes, food and gear fits in my HMG windrider with room leftover and weighs less that 6-7 kilos for all gear and food for an overnight trip. If we want to be out several nights we just pack more food. Simple as that. No shit gear, no wasted money, just great gear for all seasons and reasons.
Everything fits nice and snug in my HMG windrider. Well, minus my sons toys which he gets to carry in his own backpack.
My gear list when going out with the little one:
|Hmg Sidewinder 4400||34.2||970|
|Red 2l Pack Bag||0.7||21|
|Red 4l Pack Bag||0.9||25|
|Green Pack Sack 4l||1.1||30|
|Thermarest Pillow Sheet||1.9||54|
|Ti Tent Pegs||3.5||98|
|Mld Duomid Complete||26.7||756|
|Enlightened Equipment Quilt||22.9||650|
|Synthetic Sleeping Bag||24.7||700|
|Sea To Summit Long Spoon Ti||0.4||12|
|Ti Tri Fusion||3.2||90|
|Snowpeak Ti 900 W/lid||4||114|
|Sawyer Mini Filter||1.4||41|
|Zefa Water Bottle||3.5||98|
|Mld Waterproof Gloves||1.6||46|
|Wp 200g Pants||6.1||174|
|Haglofs Green Wind Jacket||2.3||65|
|Haglifs Lim Puffy Jacket||6.7||191|
|Ula Silnylon Rain Skirt||2.8||78|
|Patagonia Alpine Rain Shell||6.4||181|
|Ul Teeth Care||3.1||89|
|Iphone 6s Plus Ink Case||9.9||282|
|Thermarest Repair Kit||0.5||14|
|First Aid Kit||3.1||89|
|Tenkara Sawtooth Fly Rod||3.4||95|
|Food For A Day||26.5||750|
|Alcohol 5 Days||14.1||400|