A Peek Inside a Hiker’s Pack – Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day

SoCal Jack gives us a look inside the pack he took on a recent hike. Sure, it’s not technically a pocket dump, but you get the idea. The P229, while a tad on the heavy side, isn’t a bad choice at all. Anything missing?


  1. avatar Richard Revoir says:

    Fire starter striker , etc.

  2. avatar Nigel the expat says:

    Salted pickles.

    What? That’s just me? Damn.

    1. avatar Saran Wrappe says:

      Internet win of the day.

  3. avatar Rob in utah says:

    SoCal Jack is tougher than me, and good on him for it.
    On Canyoneering trips, I pack an lcp and small folding knife. The weight of the wetsuit, ropes, and rappelling equipment helps me keep other gear to a minimum.

  4. avatar auldzalt says:

    When hiking the Sierras I carried an AR-7 and a Charter Arms Bulldog.

  5. avatar ironicatbest says:

    I’m interested in that compass. I’m always misdirected.

  6. avatar Paul Mcmichael says:

    Like everything I see. I’ve been thinking of putting together something like that myself, but haven’t gotten around to it. He be the gear, just haven’t done it. Some small changes based on where I live, but overall, yeah. At least there’s a spare mag.

  7. avatar BN says:

    I don’t see a Med kit or a tourniquet.

  8. avatar Rokurota says:

    .458 rifle

  9. avatar Gun Owning American says:

    The kitchen sink.

  10. avatar Nevada Smith says:

    Way too much weight for a hike of any length and not enough utility. Also I don’t see an IFAK.

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      WTAF are you talking about “too much weight”?

      Apparently some TTAG commenters, along with a lot of America have gotten fat, lazy and soft.

      1. avatar Joe in San Antonio says:

        It’s not too much weight but you could get far more utility for the weight he is packing.

  11. avatar Haymaker farm says:

    Like all that’s in pack but I think should also have small knife, fire starter, backup gun, first aid kit, emergency blanket, 100ft of 1/2″ rope,hand gel type that has alot of alcohol because you can use to help start fire besides for clean up ,CD makes better signal mirror won’t brake like glass,water filter strall or water tablets ,metal cup for boiling water or cooking

  12. avatar strych9 says:

    A better compass and a map to go with it.

  13. avatar Bloving says:

    CRKT Chogan Woods Tomahawk.
    I refuse to set foot in the woods without it.
    Tropical fruit trail mix and some toilet paper would be nice too.

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      A damn fine choice of hawk.

      TP? Naw. Biodegradable baby wipes are where it’s at.

  14. avatar Hannibal says:

    What is missing depends on what type of hike it is. But any hike requiring that kind of knife would probably require other things first.

    I used to be the kind of guy that would carry around a knife like that when hiking. It gets old. A smaller, lighter one works just as well for pretty much anything unless you’re planning to go around taking out sentries quietly. There’s pretty much nothing a big old knife can do that a smaller one- or a gun- can’t do better. Sure, you might be able to more easily baton wood or something but his pack doesn’t look like it’s set up for firemaking for warmth or food.

    1. avatar Joe in San Antonio says:

      Validate observations

    2. avatar Brewski says:

      This looks like a bushcrafting setup. Which makes sense to carry a big ol’ knife. And there’s a smaller multitool (in blue) for all those folks saying this person should be carrying a smaller knife…

    3. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

      Truth. I usually carry 2 knives in the boonies. My belt knife is a Mora Companion and then I have a SAK with a swedish firesteel on a bootlace around my neck. Both are light and useful around a camp.

      Batoning is the tactikewl crowds contribution to wood craft.

  15. avatar Kap says:

    give the guy a break that Mark II is probably his Bear Back up
    Para cord = fishing line after jacket removal, make a wood or bone gorge
    sinker out of bullet- use case and powder for fire starting

  16. avatar Barry Rosenschein says:

    I always carry a small first aid kit. Small bottle of Iodine (cuts and water purification), Luekotape (great stuff), snack bar and lighter.

  17. avatar A O says:

    Food, in case you get stranded

  18. avatar Chuck Bellaeux says:

    I see he packs a Sig. I too like to live dangerously.

    *Downs raw egg.

  19. avatar Justin Case says:

    Where’s the Field Notes & Space Pen?

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