My Gear Closet…

A couple of years ago I came across a video by Jason Klass in which he goes through his gear closet. Needless to say, I loved the video! I really enjoyed watching someone else just going through their gear, and seeing how they stored it. Since then, I have seen a couple of other videos that are similar, but not as many as I thought I would see on something such as this…

When I first watched his video, I will admit, I wanted my own gear closet, however, at the time, I was missing both the gear, and the closet… So, fast-forward a couple of years, and that has changed… at least somewhat. I now have the gear, but the closet is not quite there…

The house that we live in is an old house, which means that while it is relatively large, this is because the rooms are large and open and there is very little storage space. So, due to this, I have stuff scattered throughout the house… it is in numerous closets throughout the entire house. It is under beds in numerous rooms. It is in Tupperware bins throughout the house as well as in the one actual “closet” I put in the utility/laundry room… As well, there is also stuff stored in cabinets in the kitchen…

Typically, it is even more strewn than normal since I am usually messing with different stove set-ups, or setting up tents, or just whatever throughout the week. At this point, I even have stuff on random bookcases, kitchen tables, coffee tables, side tables and on night stands…

So, yesterday I decided to go through the house and get my stuff put back up. I am heading out on a trip this weekend, and I figured that it would be easier for me to pick through if it were where it is supposed to be. However, instead of just putting it back up, I went through it, got rid of some of the things that I held onto because I may have been able to use it for something else somewhere down the line, and sorted it better. As I was finishing doing this, I started thinking about Jason’s video. I also started thinking about all the people who have asked me to do a similar video.

So, I figured if I were going to do it, now would be the time. So, I did…

Thanks for watching!


About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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10 Responses to My Gear Closet…

  1. chalk23 says:

    Thanks Stick, it was very interesting to see all the gear you have.
    – Todd


  2. Ben says:

    How do you like that agg rain jacket, I was thinking of something for rain/wind at the weight of most wind shirts. I understand it won’t breath.


    • Stick says:


      Don’t get me wrong, it is a fine rain shell, but there are some things I wish were different, and I made one change to it. I wish that the sleeves were about 2″ longer and the back hem were a couple inches loner too. As well, I never liked the velcro closure system on the cuffs, so I ripped the stitches and removed the velcro and installed a cord with a cord lock inside the hem. I will probably also remove it and install a piece of shock cord…

      However, George was great to deal with. He was quick to respond to my emails, and even included pics of him wearing one so I could get an idea of fit.

      If you don’t have abnormally long arms, I would recommend them. However, if you do, it may be worth a shot to contact him and ask him if you can get one with a custom sleeve length. Not sure he will do this, but it never hurts to ask…

      Hope this helps some.



  3. Chad, looks like you are single handedly keeping the cottage industry alive with all that cuben fiber and cottage gear! Great to see what other people are using and their progression from their first cook kits to what they use now.


    • Stick says:


      Haha… I can only imagine that there are others out there with more… ๐Ÿ™‚ but I will admit, I do have my fair share of Joe’s gear… (And just an FYI…when it comes to MLD, check out yodaquicksilver’s YouTube channel…I think he has one of everything Ron makes!)

      And cook kits…those are soooooo much fun! I finally got to use my TD Sidewinder Caldera Cone with a 1.3L cook pot this weekend…and it was awesome…I will be taking this thing out again for sure! And yep, you read it right… I took a 1.3L cook pot on a solo trip… ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by!



  4. pure_mahem says:

    Cool vid! I enjoy watching these type of videos as it gives you not only insight to how to store stuff. But, insight on the gear others are using and lets you consider stuff you may not have seen or considered using before. You definately gave me some ideas for gear I want to try. Thanks.


  5. David Byrge says:

    Cool video. Really loved this. It’s always neat to see what all everyone else is doing as far as their gear storage. I finally got all of my items in a box and in the closet, but I’m looking at trying to come up with a better solution.


    • Stick says:

      Thanks David! I totally agree with you, I love watching videos of other people storing their gear. Every since watching the one that Jason made, I wanted to make one, but of course my collection needed to grow a bit more… ๐Ÿ™‚

      I really want an entire room though so that I could really spread it out, put a desk, or work bench or something so I can tinker with all my stoves and have a spot to actually work… then to be able to spread my gear out… at least at this point, all of my quilts, down jackets and sleeping pads are stored flat so at least there is that…

      Anyway, maybe in time… ๐Ÿ™‚



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