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Getting the maxpedition vulture II ready for a camping trip

The other weekend I took some time to get my maxpedition vulture II ready for a camping trip. Over the next few months, my family and I have a couple of camping trips planned. One is supposed to be next weekend, on March 13 to Dam B in Jasper, Texas. There is supposed to be another camping trip on the river, and another camping trip along the Sabine River sometime this summer.

Regardless of where your going on a camping trip, its best to be prepared.  On my camping trips, I like to be comfortable, that might include bringing a hammock and a tri-pod stool, or even both.  That way I can get off the ground for a little while and relax.

There is nothing quit like laying in a hammock, in the woods, in the middle of nowhere.  No phones, no cars, no noise pollution to bother you, just the relaxing sounds of nature.

Contents of the backpack:
One man tent
Sleeping pad
Sleeping bag
Hammock
3 eversafe meals
Rain poncho
Garmin GPS
TOPO maps
Map Compass
Maglight flashlight

The maglight flashlight could probably be replaced with a good quality LED flashlight that uses AA batteries. I have a 2 watt rayovac flashlight that the maglight will probably get swapped out for. Years ago I got in the habit of bringing a maglight that uses 3 D size batteries. Its just so nice having a good solid flashlight in your hands to light up the woods, as compared to a AA LED flashlight. But some of the LED flashlights on the market today seem to be just as bright as my 2 D LED maglight.

Here are some specs of the Vulture II from the Maxpedition website.
* Main Compartment: 20.5″(H) x 16″(W) x 7.5″(D)
* Front Pouch: 15.5″(H) x 12″(W) x 2.75″(D)
* Slip Pocket: 15.5″(H) x 12″(W)
* Capacity: 2810 cu. in. / 46 liters
* Weight: 3 lbs , 8 oz
* Hydration: Up to 100+ oz Bladder
* Support: 1″ Sternum Strap, 2″ Integrated Belt (min 19″ strap alone / max 52″ strap alone; min 34″ loop / max 67″ loop)
* Optional accessories: Hook & Loop Modular Accessories and Grimloc Carabiner, Hydration reservoir
*1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant light-weight ballistic nylon fabric
* Triple polyurethane coated for water resistance
* High tensile strength nylon webbing
* High tensile strength composite nylon thread (stronger than ordinary industry standard nylon thread)
*AS-100 high grade closed-cell foam padding material for superior shock protection
* Internal seams taped and finished
* Paracord zipper pulls
* Stress points double stitched, Bartacked or “Box-and-X” stitched for added strength

Please post your comments in this forum thread on the Maxpedition Vulture II.

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Maxpedition Versipak or Back pack
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Comparison of the Maxpedition Falcon-II and Pygmy Falcon-II Backpacks
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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock

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