Exo Journal — Gear List

Life-Changing Lessons from The Exo Death Hike

Life-Changing Lessons from The Exo Death Hike

The phrase “life changing” is cliché, but that is the only way I know how to describe what it has been like to participate in the Exo Death Hike over the years. If I had not participated in these events, I would not be the man that I am today. Here are the 6 biggest lessons I have learned in 6 Death Hikes...

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The Essential Gear That Never Leaves My Hunting Pack

The Essential Gear That Never Leaves My Hunting Pack

Each hunt is a unique adventure. Just as seasons, animals, and conditions change — the gear and preparations you make for each hunt should also change. But what are the essential items that never change? What specific things should you carry on every hunt? That answer will vary for everyone, but here is what I carry...

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How To: Use A Basecamp for Better Backcountry Hunting

How To: Use A Basecamp for Better Backcountry Hunting

We are hunters that love to backpack deep into the backcountry, but there are times that a basecamp is an invaluable aspect of our hunts. Most backcountry hunters invest a lot of time and effort to carefully plan every item that goes into their pack for backcountry hunts, but it isn't as common for hunters to think critically about how they put together their basecamp. This article will help you consider how to plan and execute an effective basecamp for your next hunting adventure...

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How To: Load Your Pack for Backpack Hunting

How To: Load Your Pack for Backpack Hunting

Many hunters like to talk about the gear they bring on their hunts. The true gear nerds, like us, may even obsess over carefully-calculated spreadsheets that account for every item that enters their pack. (You can get a copy of our gear list spreadsheet.) Once you know WHAT to pack, don't overlook HOW to pack and WHERE to store each item that you bring. Consistency in the "how" and "where" will make a big difference in the comfort of your load, as well as in the efficiency of how you hunt...

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Our 2021 "Gear of the Year" Picks

Our 2021 "Gear of the Year" Picks

Like most backcountry hunters, we are passionate about the gear we use. At the end of each year, we like to highlight some of the favorite gear we have used for hunts throughout the year and discuss why those particular items made a difference for us personally. Here is our favorite gear from 2021...

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FREE Backpack Hunting Gear List Template (Spreadsheet)

FREE Backpack Hunting Gear List Template (Spreadsheet)

Over the years, we have used a simple gear list template to plan all of our hunts. No matter what, when, or where you'll be hunting, this free gear list will help you plan, prepare, and pack for your hunt. Download your free gear list template (spreadsheet) and create your custom gear list today...

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2021 Death Hike Recap: Fly-In, Hike-Out Adventure in the Frank Church Wilderness

2021 Death Hike Recap: Fly-In, Hike-Out Adventure in the Frank Church Wilderness

The 2021 Death Hike began with a flight into a remote airstrip, deep in Idaho's Frank Church "River of No Return" Wilderness. Two groups landed at two different airstrips, and upon waving goodbye to the Cessna planes, each group had the goal of hiking out of the wilderness over the next 48 hours.

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3 Free Ways to Lighten Your Pack

3 Free Ways to Lighten Your Pack

Reducing your pack weight doesn’t need to be a complicated and expensive exercise.  Here are three easy methods for reducing your weight immediately without making a single purchase…

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