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Gear List for Odyssey 1998


 

The Main Dwelling

 

Storage Shed - Kelty Redwing (Large). 3-1.6

Garage - Slumberjack Summer Bivy with Fly. 2-8.2

Bedroom - Mountain Hardware three season synthetic bag, 3-8.6,  Thermarest ¾ by ¾ pad, 1-1.2  closet and chest of drawers (bread wrappers and various stuff sacks).

Kitchen
- One quart aluminum pot, 0-3.0, aluminum bowl, 0-1.0, stainless steel spoon (handle bent for pot-holder), 0-0.8, aluminum cup, 0-0.6, wood-burning stove (homemade hobo “little dandy”), 0-4.0, (eat your heart out John!) butane lighter, 0-0.6, Gerber 400 single-blade lockback, (dunno) no water purification or filtering.  Pantry (bread wrappers).

Bathroom - Threadbare regular towel, ¾ cut lengthwise; also used as a bandanna, 0-3.6, (the other serves as a sweat band, large splint/bandage wrap), 0-0.6, comb, 0-0.2, no soap, no toothpaste, no toothbrush, no toilet paper.  Medicine cabinet (bread wrapper containing first-aid kit…see Jitney repair kit).

Laundry Room - Fifteen feet of parachute cord for clothesline.  0-0.4

Library - In bookcase (bread wrappers) maps, topos and data books, (Thru-Hiker Handbook, 0-5.2, ATC Data Book, 0-1.6) Bible, (New Testament + Psalms + Proverbs, 0-2.0)
In desk drawer (zip-locks) pencil and logbook, 0-1.0, phone/address book, 0-0.8, driver’s license, debit card, calling card, small amount of cash, 0-1.0.

 

For The Old Jitney

 

Tires - Adidas XLR8R Off-Road Running Shoes, 1-8.8, Limmers, 4-7.8, Vasque Sundowners, 2-5.8

Innertubes – Two pair wool rag. 0-2.2 each

Trim Package
- Nylon pants, 0-3.6, nylon shorts, 0-4.6, homemade nylon gaiters, 0-2.6, shirts (one short sleeve poly mesh, REI, 0-2.4, one long sleeve button-front wool, 0-8.6).   Note: also have thermals, gloves and wool cap for winter hiking. Thermals, tops, 0-6.4, bottoms, 0-5.0.  Wool gloves, 0-1.4, unlined leather overmittens, 0-2.6, wool cap, 0-1.8.

Convertible Top - Gortex jacket with hood, 0-8.0, garbage bag pack cover, 0-1.0

Accessories - audio (Panasonic microcassette recorder/player), 0-6.6, lighter (see kitchen) speedometer (L.E.D. watch, (dunno), Silva type-3 compass, 0-0.6) glove box medicine pouch w/charismatic artifact, 0-0.0 keychain thermometer by REI, weighed with pack).

Rear View Mirror
- Plastic coated 3" X 4" by REI. (Not carried)

Headlight/Dome Light - 2AA Micro by Petzl, 0-3.2, small candle, (dunno)

Windshield - Oakley Blades, 0-0.6

Under the Hood - Radiator (one quart Rubbermaid with squeeze spout, 0-1.8, 20oz. plastic pop bottle, 0-0.6, one liter plastic pop bottle, 0-0.8 in hip-belt pouch, 0-0.6), oil and lube (multiple vitamins, enteric coated aspirin and Osteo BiFlex for the ol’ chassis, engine and U-joints, week’s supply, 0-2.0).

In the Trunk - Repair kit: (Band-Aid assortment, triple antibiotic, alcohol/iodine prep pads, adhesive tape, moleskin, medicated powder, tooth picks, latex exam gloves, spare CL, 0-2.8). Spare tires, none!

For the Fuel Tank
- Rice (not instant), bread (not white), canned fish steaks/sardines, peanut butter and jelly (in plastic shelf containers), cheese (individually wrapped), coffee, pudding (instant okay for pudding but not coffee), gravy and seasoning packets, pop tarts, candy, cookies.  And for the first day back on the trail…apples, bananas, oranges, ground beef, etc.

 

(Background music: "Somewhere Over The Rainbow")

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