Gear List

I love being in the wilderness. I also love great outdoor products. While writing The Solve I felt it would be fun to include a gear list. Here is a quick list of what I typically bring with me when treasure hunting in the woods.


  • Camelbak M.U.L.E 100oz Hydration Pack
  • Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp
  • Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
  • Arc'teryx Atom Shell
  • Smartwood mid-layer
  • Prana Stretch Zion Pants (layer of wax for water-proofing)
  • La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX boots
  • Ruger 1911, Ruger .357, or Glock 43 (depending on the area and size of bear in the area)
  • Spyderco Knife - Para 3


I also carry a small homemade survival kit that fits inside a sandwich bag

  • Yard sized trashbag (for emergency shelter)
  • Three fire starting methods (lighter, storm matches, ferro rod)
  • Small backup knife
  • One chem light
  • Backup keychain light
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Small first aid kit with rubber gloves
  • Water purification tablets
  • Fishing hooks
  • 10 feet of para cord - 550
  • Dryer lint, and fire starting tinder
  • Compass, whistle, magnifier, thermometer combo
  • Small candle