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Postby teardropper » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:47 pm

How's that for hijacking a thread?
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Postby CapSmashy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:33 am

I would say that is a very successful thread hijack.

No worries teardropper, if you're bringing Crater Lake, I'll add your name to MY list for Tuesday night.
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Postby teardropper » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:31 am

Wow, Cap'n, very generous. You'll like the Crater Lake. Thanks.

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Postby Sentient being » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:23 am

[quote="VeganChoirGirl"]
They are a delicious, delicious snack. A very small tin of incredibly delicious and magical anchovies...they are an amazing snack. They are filled with fatty acids, salt, and protein!! :D[/quote]

Yum! Me like. I actually had a tin with me last year but wasn't brave enough to crack it early on, completely forgot about it (and eating for that matter) by Sun/Mon. I rediscovered it when packing to leave and ended up gifting it

If you don't mind my asking how do you deal with the moop, a sealable plastic bag? It just seems so messy with the oil and potentially smelly.
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Postby C.f.M. » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:44 am

Sentient being wrote:
VeganChoirGirl wrote:They are a delicious, delicious snack. A very small tin of incredibly delicious and magical anchovies...they are an amazing snack. They are filled with fatty acids, salt, and protein!! :D


Yum! Me like. I actually had a tin with me last year but wasn't brave enough to crack it early on, completely forgot about it (and eating for that matter) by Sun/Mon. I rediscovered it when packing to leave and ended up gifting it

If you don't mind my asking how do you deal with the moop, a sealable plastic bag? It just seems so messy with the oil and potentially smelly.


It is. /shudder

I tried them in a camp and they just rinsed out the tin and put it in their trash. If you were eating a tin out and about you'd def want something to stick the tin in, that wouldn't leak fishy oil all over you.
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:20 pm

C.f.M. wrote:
Sentient being wrote:
VeganChoirGirl wrote:They are a delicious, delicious snack. A very small tin of incredibly delicious and magical anchovies...they are an amazing snack. They are filled with fatty acids, salt, and protein!! :D


Yum! Me like. I actually had a tin with me last year but wasn't brave enough to crack it early on, completely forgot about it (and eating for that matter) by Sun/Mon. I rediscovered it when packing to leave and ended up gifting it

If you don't mind my asking how do you deal with the moop, a sealable plastic bag? It just seems so messy with the oil and potentially smelly.


It is. /shudder

I tried them in a camp and they just rinsed out the tin and put it in their trash. If you were eating a tin out and about you'd def want something to stick the tin in, that wouldn't leak fishy oil all over you.


So this is how i deal with the inevitable OILY and fishy smelling mess:

handy wipes.

I wipe out the tin when I am done and place it in a zip lock baggy

Then I wipe the outside of the baggie, then my hands, then put the wipe in the baggy

Then I seal it up and put that in my larger moop bag

Finally, some hand sanitizer and a piece of gum.

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Postby Trishntek » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:49 pm

I carry a "man purse" with goggles, cup, absinthe, small bottle of water, camera, leatherman, EL wire in case of darkness, flashlight, compass and either wear or carry an extra shemagh in the bag.

I have tools, air pump and extra tube on my bike. This year, we have some kewl miniature bottles of chambord for gifting. So I'll probably have that instead of the bottle of water. :lol:
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Postby dollid » Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:37 am

I think it is but your idea is interesting. I'd like to see pics anyway if you have them. Always like to share ideas. :roll:
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby Super Evil Brian » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:18 am

theCryptofishist wrote:
Shambala wrote:Swiss army knife.

Really? I find the leatherman to be more durable, and those pliers...Wow.


I haven't been on the playa yet, but when I'm on adventures or out on my bike, I stay prepared. On my bike I generally have a bike messenger bag (I used to be a NYC bike messenger) with a U-lock, 2 or 3 tubes, patch thing, Park emergency tire boot, Topeak Road Morph pump, front and rear blinking lights, shades with clear lenses, a 15mm wrench, Crank Brother M17 multi tool, two plastic tire levers, a red Moleskine notebook, an Austin and/or San Antonio bike map, maybe a street map (or a map of somewhere else) Dr. Grip pen (with black Pilot G-2 .38 ink), sometimes a steno or reporter notebook. I generally have at least one camera, sometimes two, maybe another lens and bag of film if applicable. I keep a camp towel and maybe a neck gator with me. If it's raining or I think it may rain, I have a rain jacket. Sometimes I have a Sigg bottle of water.

When not on my bike, I have a Camelbak Ambush or a Northface backpack with a name I can't remember. They both have the over-built military 3l bladders. They're packed the same, except no bike stuff. The Camelbak gets even less stuff, but they both have Powerbars or something similar.

As far as tools mentioned, I carry both a Leatherman Skeletool CX and a Wenger Swiss Army something or other. It has just a few tools, but a long locking blade and saw. It's also grey. Sometimes for fun it's just the Leatherman and a Gerber locking knife thing.
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby Irreverent Moniker » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:56 am

In my backpack on the playa:

Camelbak reservoir
toilet paper
hand sanitizer
a couple cliff bars
flashlight
extra dust mask/goggles
book
extra cigarettes/lighters
notebook and pen
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby illy dilly » Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:44 pm

On playa,
3l Camelbak, reservoir. (this year I plan to upgrade to the heavy duty military one, mine leaked very slow all week last year)
1 or 2 plastic baggies.
Ashtray- gonna upgrade this year had a coupon for a free 'camel snus' plan to throw away the chewing tobacco and keep the tin.
Smokes
lighter
Goggles
Face dust protection, scarf or piece of cloth, or little painters mask.
Sturdy little VERY SIMPLE plastic cup with a lid. Every 'sippy cup' or not simple cup I've tried eventually gets screwed up.
Multi tool, think the one I have no is a Gerber.

But most importantly,
Either a bottle or two of champagne
or 4 to 6 beers
and some sort of pre-mixed drink. Typically a electrolyte drink mixed with liquor, with the lid twisted tight back on.

My backpack is decorated with el wire so if sunset sneaks up on me and I'm caught out and about in the dark, I'm not a total darkwad.
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby AntiM » Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:15 am

I have a bag of various ashtray tins, find the Home for Wayward Art and get a decorated one. They also make great earplug holders.
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby unjonharley » Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:23 am

My kid has a back pack that's extra lite..

It's just a tote bag with draw string.. The draw string go's through the top and down to the bottom corners.. It would be light enough to have nylon wind breaker and still be comfortable enough to dance while on.. Might have to add a clip in the front if moving around fast..
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby wedeliver » Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:29 pm

Per hitchikers guide,
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TOWEL
Lube
Flavored Lube
Hot lube
cold lube
battery opperated lube gun
12" dildo
12 pack trojon condoms
14" dildo
14 Viagra pills
spare batteries
2nd towel
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby C.f.M. » Sun Jul 03, 2011 6:17 am

wedeliver wrote:Per hitchikers guide,
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TOWEL
Lube
Flavored Lube
Hot lube
cold lube
battery opperated lube gun
12" dildo
12 pack trojon condoms
14" dildo
14 Viagra pills
spare batteries
2nd towel


I got tired just reading that.
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby wedeliver » Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:52 am

Ok, above I posted a stupid list of things to have in your backpack as you travel the playa, but truly it was a joke. I don't bother with no lube, spit is good enough for me, and if spit don't work, then fuck it!

I also happen to know that Sham has a 90 year old woman who carries all his stuff for him. (god I hope he don't see this)
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby Sham » Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:51 am

wedeliver wrote:Ok, above I posted a stupid list of things to have in your backpack as you travel the playa, but truly it was a joke. I don't bother with no lube, spit is good enough for me, and if spit don't work, then fuck it!

I also happen to know that Sham has a 90 year old woman who carries all his stuff for him. (god I hope he don't see this)

Lookout for that 90 year old woman who will be using your 14" toy on you with nothing but spit for a lubricant! You may also like the fact that she has no teeth!
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby wedeliver » Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:12 am

Damn, thats how I like it! Yeah, promises, promises. you are just a big tease and you know it! :)

Sham, off subject, how is your friend doing, she was really nice and I thought it was so very cool that you brought her, this was what 2 years ago, maybe 3?
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby Sham » Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:31 pm

That nice lady is a local Gerlachian that I met many years back. I think she was 88 years old when she came to the M&G so I guess she would be about 90 now. Ever since I can remember she has been out to the playa. The woman is a true legend as she was a professional wrestler back in the day. Last year during the World Naked Bike Ride, I saw her coming directly toward us in her SUV and had to yell at her to put her car in park so she didn't kill someone. She really wasn't planning on stopping for us!
She is truly a very generous lady who cooks up fried chicken and feeds our camp every year, and you can find her in Gerlach on the way out passing out watermelon slices to anyone who wants one. She truly embodies the spirit of Burning Man.
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby wedeliver » Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:52 pm

Shambala wrote:............... She truly embodies the spirit of Burning Man.


as do you!
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby Sham » Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:01 pm

wedeliver wrote:
Shambala wrote:............... She truly embodies the spirit of Burning Man.


as do you!

Aw go on----REALLY, GO ON! :roll:
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby illy dilly » Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:58 pm

AntiM wrote:I have a bag of various ashtray tins, find the Home for Wayward Art and get a decorated one. They also make great earplug holders.

I might just have to stop by and trade you then!
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby junglesmacks » Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:57 pm

Bumpa rump.
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby swampdog » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:08 pm

I'm going to try one of these this year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbeRAkvs5M8. It seems roomy, comfortable, lots of ways to carry stuff. It needed some paint and other mods.
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby CapSmashy » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:26 am

I'm trying out a pod belt set up this year with an old army pistol belt, some M-14 mag pouches and first aid pouches.

2 Altoid tins fit nicely in a standard issue first aid pouch.
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby tattoogoddess » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:58 am

Bumping an old thread sense the burn is coming around the corner again-

2L Outdoor products hydration pack ( I also have a waist pack if i get sick of carrying this)
Outside of the pack on beaners- Small sharpie, LED stick, LED light bulb, LED flash light on the front strap for the johns, Swiss army knife
inside-
silicon collapse bowl,Spork/knife combo
Backup electro mix
some sort of snack
Medical tape
Medical gloves
Alcohol prep pads
Fricktion block stick (chafe)
travel wet whipes
waterproof bandaids
hand sani
ear plugs
chapstick
rubber bands
business cards ( not for work but has my phone, email and what not incase I come across someone I want to keep in touch with)
saftey pins
condoms
gum
pocket ash tray
notepad and pen ( has my info in it if i am injured or something major happens)
sunblock
photo copy of my id
Goggles
head wrap for dust storms
plastic baggie for johns
plastic bag for moop
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby lucky420 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:04 pm

beers... :P
Oh my god, it's HUGE!
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby jcliff » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:28 am

water bottle in outside pocket (or Camelback depending on if I'm using my bag or my belt pockets)
lip balm
lip stick
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock (spf 45) - this stuff works great on people who are burnt or over-heated. Really cools the skin. Simple gift!
decorated lighters for gifts
2 packs of cigs (in case I want to give one away) and tin for butts
little bag of almonds (great fuel on the go)
camera (got a new dust-proof one for this year - anxious to see how it does)
cocktail cup (metal cup w/ carabiner attached (hooked on bag or belt))
flask (Jim Beam)
condoms

Pretty simple but I've never needed anything else. This year I may carry a little notepad. It's getting a lot easier to stay in touch with people.

By the way, if you're going through Reno....Sak n' Save was selling these great cups for $5. I stocked up to give some away. Perfect playa cocktail cup!
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby gyre » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:35 am

That does look like a great cup.

Have to wonder why that hasn't been done before.
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Re: What's in your backpack?

Postby AntiM » Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:16 am

Cool cups, jcliff! I've seen similar in truckstops, in the shotglass section. Way overpriced compared to the great deal you found. Nice.
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