Neil and I are the kind of people who like nice things that don’t fall apart, and when possible, made in the USA. Camping is no exception. Before this trip we spent a lot of time searching the web, and getting tips from people like my brother Paul and his rock climbing crew, to put together a batch of camp stuff we could use forever, and be proud of using. Here we present to you, the Future Road Maps camping gear, from a mans perspective.
First off, I picked up this “Feathered Friends” down sleeping bag that you can wear as a smock. “Feathered Friends” make serious down sleeping bags in Seattle since 1972, you call them up, discuss colors, and they make it for you and ship it out. Now that is what I am talking about. Super light weight and super warm. 2 thumbs up.
1985 FJ60 Toyota LandCruiser with TLC converted diesel engine, and ARB roof tent that makes us feel like Snoopy. Also adds peace of mind when surrounded by bears at night.
Early 80’s (era correct to cruiser) new old stock Coleman stove and cooler. Classy and simple. Take note people, you don’t need space age graphics and plastic parts to “get the attention of the young people”, we are young people and we think most of the new coolers and stoves suck.
Vintage Swedish military 4 gallon water jug for our dish water, acquired at a surplus store in Jerome, AZ. Also pictured, a classy ethnic summer hat from a Cottonwood thrift store.
We are completely in love with the Swedish company Primus and their compact butane stoves and lanterns. This stuff all collapses into the smallest bag, and changes our lives for the better every time we break them out. The little pan is a lid for the bigger pan too. Epic.
Speaking of love, we are really keen on the Snow Peak stuff too. They are a stylish Japanese company with really smart and tight camping gear. The fold up cutting board and knife kit is the main player in our daily kitchen set up.
Made in Tennessee, the Kermit chair is already a classic in BMW motorcycle circles because of how compact and light it is once collapsed, this is the end all be all in well made, camping chairs. There is nothing that even comes close.
While sensible Neil chose a compact Kermit chair, I ended up finding a vintage “Gold Metal” US made wooden butterfly chair off of ebay. This thing is sweet on account of folding down pretty tightly, while being a little long, and also looking sharp in your living room at home.
As far as I’m concerned, these were the find of the trip. Vintage linesman boots acquired from an Arizona antique store. $39.00 bucks. Already broken in and pretty darn handy when your in rattle snake country tromping around in knee high brush with a bunch of camera gear.
For those of you who know Neil and I, you know that we are full of love for everything, in fact, we are pretty much neo-hippies. While we were in Arizona, Neil’s father gave Neil his grandfathers hand gun. We are not gun people, but I’ll tell you what, when you are in the bush, surrounded by nothing but bears, cougars, and rattle snake markings, there is a certain peace of mind that comes from having a little heat along. This little round up here is pretty funny to us, because we do have all these things in the truck, but we are not exactly chain smoking, whiskey drinking, gun and knife toting good ol’boys. From top left to right. Journal book by Ramsey Dau. USA made Ka-Bar brand knife. Coors, (what else would you have in a Coleman cooler while camping)? Woodford Reserve Kentucky bourbon. TSOVET watch. Blue speckled camp mug. Petzl head lamp. Leica M6 camera. Initium Aviator glasses with Polarized lenses. American Spirits yellow box. Browning 9mm classic hand gun. We just want Clint Eastwood to be proud.