The list author says: "Here is a list of some of the more useful and best gear that i have had the opportunity to use and test. I have long abided by the philosophy that when backpacking, "less is more and the little you take with you needs to work well and consistently." This list will help you find the products that do just that. Enjoy."
"This is a great bomb-proof cook set. You only need to bring one pot if you want. The MSR stove on my list fits on this pot so its a great space saver (put the stove and its parts in the pot, close, and stick in the pack). Also, use the lid as a pan when you need one, or just use the pot. It's a great versatile, light kitchen set."
"This is all you need to start a fire, stove, or the like. It works when damp (and by damp i pretty much mean wet). Its light and small. It does take some patients to build up enough shavings to get the fire started and you still need to collect some good tinder. I would suggest practicing one or two times before you go out on the trail."
"This is the seating sleeve for the pad. You may not think you need it but its fantastic for when you just wanna sit by the fire after a long day of hiking. It takes up no room or weight. It also can help protect the actual pad."
"This was a recent upgrade from the standard therm-a-rest. This packs down much smaller, only weighs about 1lb, and as its the "plus" its has a bit more insulation which i like for winter snow camping."
"This is an amazing bivy. Its durable, and breathable. I have had other's but this one seems to keep the the most dry and also results in the least amount of internal condensation. I have has this in 1 foot of snow, hard rain and it was a beast. Its also light (1.9lbs) and with only one pole it packs down very small."
"This is a great all purpose survival knife. It has a skeleton handle which you should wrap in 550 cord (paracord). It comes with a great sheath, and is extremely sharp right out of the box (you can shave with this knife). Comparable knife, which i also have but is not on amazon, is the rat izula."
"Survival cord. super light weight and can hold 550lbs. Good for stringing your pack up or food bag at night. you always need some good cordage and what is nice about this it takes up minmal space. i would say you cary about 50ft with you."