15 days

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Little Bear (aka the kid) is due in 15 days. With no immediate signs of arrival, but with very hot weather, a very pregnant M, and some caution due we took a 28 hour vacation to a cabin up the North Fork, and around Glacier generally.

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When it’s 99 and you don’t have air conditioning the last thing you want is an oven pumping out heat, so I gathered wood and roasted our pork shoulder, corn, and garlic scapes outside. This shoulder was the cheapest boneless cut the store had: little more than a dollar a pound. It got a dry rub of salt, white sugar, and curry powder and sat in the fridge for four days. At the cabin I rinsed the meat, let the wood burn down to hot coals, and slapped it on the grill. The first four flips each got a generous amount of BBQ sauce. The key here is to never cook it with flame, just heat. I didn’t have a second feeder fire and a shovel to refresh the coals, which would have been ideal, but I made due. After almost two hours it was nicely blackened and dripping with juice and flavor.

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Other activities included reading, fishing, shooting cardboard, sleeping poorly, and a much needed rain shower at Logan Pass which dropped temperatures down into the 60s.  If summer continues this hot I will not be pleased.  Now we’re back home, with not much to do and everything to wait for.

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5 thoughts on “15 days

  1. Congrats on your new status as a Dad. Sorry to hijack this post, but wanted your thoughts on a 10 day wilderness hunting pack for hauling a boned out mule deer. A Paradox pack would seem to fit the bill. I need the pack to double as a light day pack as well. Your recommended pack size with options would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and love this blog.

    • Thanks Mark, I appreciate it.

      The pack question is complex as a lot of the details boil down to style preferences and body type. The Paradox suspension is pretty much perfect for me; in the last 20 months of using it for all sorts of things it just works. I haven’t used any of the other major hunting frames, so I can’t comment comparatively. Stylistically, the Unaweep also works well for me. I spend enough time in the woods to have my systems dialed, and am a pretty organized and planned person generally. I never really want anything more than a big bag, two side pockets, and a single or dual back pocket (Talon, in this case). It the Paradox suspension appeals but you want more organization, you can get a pocketed lid, and/or a side zipper. For your application I’d look at either the 4800 or 6300 Unaweep in X33 multicam. Not because you need camo, but because its the best strength/weight blend.

      The Unaweep is the lightest hunting suspension, period, so it has that going for it when it comes to being a daypack. The articulating frame is also the real deal, making it comfy with only 10 pounds in it. When day hunting I compress the bottom and lower sides straps all the say, and keep kill kit, layers, and spotter/tripod in the main bag, with smaller stuff in the Talon. About as small as a big pack can get, I think.

      • Thanks Dave. Your response really helped me zero in on my requirements. My research suggests that the Unaweep is the simplest system available. Placing meat into a bag and then tightening straps is even easy enough for a simple man like myself to comprehend. A 6300 offers all the volume I could need without a material weight penalty. The X33 also offers easy cleanup if things get messy given its water resistance. I also believe that the X33 material compresses down much better than 500d cordura making this a legitimate day pack. The pack also appears to be rated to 120 pounds in the UL frame. In the end, I don’t believe that the weight penalty of the Evo is worth the added load shelf. I’d rather have the ability to carry more volume at less weight, and a simple way to load and unload gear without bothering with frame/strap/bag adjustments. Thanks again for your feedback and best wishes to you and M in the days ahead.

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