Rural Lifestyle

Life in Rural America

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.

Maxpedition Vulture II

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.

Maxpedition Vulture II Contents

  • 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

There was just enough room in the Maxpedition Vulture II for a warm weather overnight camping trip.

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