Planning for Unplanned Hikes

Planning for Unplanned Hikes


GORUCK GR1 for hiking Do you ever get the sudden urge to just hit the trail and get going? No planning or gear gathering, just get up and go because the weather is nice and you 'need' to get outside. I do, more than you'd know.

GORUCK GR1 packed and ready to go!

To be able to do this at a minute's notice, I keep a rucksack that is already packed with the bare minimal amount of gear I need to get out on a hike, ready and waiting by the back door. It's not a bail out bag, it's a get out and hike bag! Lately it's been my GORUCK GR1 because I am totally digging this ruck even though it's not lightweight. A GR1 review is coming for all of you that have asked :)

GORUCK GR1 urban backpacking

Here's what I keep in my GR1 rucksack, ready to go:

  • Western Mountaineering Ultralite 20˚ bag
  • GG SpinnTwinn Tarp + Ti stakes
  • MLD Bug Bivy
  • Backcountry Boiler
  • First aid kit + water treatment
  • Socks | WrightSock Coolmesh II
  • Patagonia Capilene2 | Baselayer
  • Golite Dakota Wind Shirt
  • Montbell UL Down Parka
  • Food for two days
  • Fallkniven F1 knife
  • Water bottle, spork, Kupilka cup

GORUCK inner pockets

It's a pretty basic and simple set of gear for sure, but it's enough for me to be all set for a 2-3 day hike if I really feel the need to grab-and-go. And that's exactly what I am going to do right now after posting this!

GORUCK - Coco looking less than impressed

It's felt like a very long week this week and my office buddy/trail partner, Coco the chocolate lab, is as eager as I am to get outside and hit the trails. I hope you all have a great weekend and think about the benefits of having a pre-packed rucksack near your backdoor so that you're ready to go when the urge hits - you won't regret it. Cya! ~Brian

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