What's in your field kit?

We had one occasion where just the sound of the safety being pulled was enough to cause an unsuspecting approaching grizzly to change course by 90 degrees and high tail away.

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Of course the main is husband with flashlight. :D
But usually at daytime it’s 2 cameras with macro and tele lenses (Nikon D750/5100). If on a vacation I take a bag with me for cameras, food, water, smartphone for quick plant shots. If anyone asked me I also bring containers for collecting insects.

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A few things that haven’t been mentioned, which I keep in the car:

  • small (26") shovel
  • tire plug kit + pliers
  • jump-start power bank
  • 12v tire pump
  • folding pruning saw
  • hatchet
  • ratchet + socket set
  • 10,000 lb tow strap
  • emergency space blanket
  • lantern

With the exception of the space blanket, all of these have either been used to get out of a sticky situation, or were bought because they would have gotten me out of such a situation much faster/easier if I’d had them available at the time. Always good to be prepared if you are going solo out on rugged roads and/or out of cell coverage.

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Small kit: 10x Coddington loupe, forensic scale, smartphone.

Large kit: as above but add; longer ruler, 14x hastings triplet loupe, pad and pencil, micro tweezers from the hardware store, scalpel, piece of cork, mounting pins, reading glasses

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You carry a phone and a phone? :wink:

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Yes, one is a xylophone.

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I have a net, petri dishes (for close up shots), kneeling pads, a magnifying glass, notepad, pens, pencils, headlamp, Canon Rebel T6 a macro lens and a 75-300MM Lens, I also have a nature vest with extra pockets to carry a whole number of things like a first aid kit, tissues, and certain tools. I also have a fanny pack full of extra stuff. I also have a trusty hiking stick to point out things to other naturalists and people. I even have wide range of hats just in case. I never leave home without my phone just in case the camera dies or if I have an emergency. I also have a pair of hiking boots from Colombia which are pretty good. I also carry around with me my pair of Bushnell Binoculars. I have a binocular harness and a new camera shoulder strap for better range of motion of the neck and body. I That is basically all the gear I have that helps me on a hike. I gave you the full list of what I carry around. I also wear long pants when I go bushwhacking. It is not a lot but it is good. I do sometimes carry a few guides on my just to use in the car just as reading material to and from my destination.

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What app do you use for gps files? I haven’t been able to find a good one - I have an iPhone.

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Something called Geotag photos. It’s free for 3 tracks then it costs $12 for unlimited tracks

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I use viewranger (on Android but there is an iOS app too). It’s free to record tracks. You can pay them for maps if you want (or use the free maps which include open street map which is fairly good in my area).

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I highly recommend iHikeGPS (on iOS) for all GPS type operations - keeping a track, waypoints, etc. I have used their products since way before smartphones and they really understand users. The help function (built into the app, doesn’t need connectivity) is crystal clear and covers everything. Once you pay for the app, all map downloads are free (in the US - I am not sure elsewhere). The interface with other apps is also sterling. They also answer email – often the same day, even on holidays. Great company.

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I use Motion-X GPS on my iPhone, it works quite well. iHikeGPS sounds pretty cool though.

As a place for corralling invertebrates so that i can get a photo of them without their running away, i use a basic sandwich container (or, as we call it, a TOS or “Tupperware of Science”). Due to the smooth sides most species can’t climb out, other than long-legged harvestmen and some spiders. I also tape down a piece of graph paper along one edge, so that the ruled marks provide a ready scale within the photo. In this case each square is 6mm long on a side.

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I’m slightly curious: Does anyone here carry nets and beat sheets as well? I always have trouble finding the best way to take a massive sheet and sweep net (maybe even a lighter net) as well as binoculars and a camera with two lenses all in a way that allows me to easily access any. I have tried to do the whole disassemble the kit and fit it into a backpack, but I am by far too lazy to pull it all out and set it back up every time I see a mesquite, acacia, or oak.

Any suggestions as to carry the whole set in a more easy manner?

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I use a white tray, doubles as a sweeper and beatsheet. Roughly A4 sized and fits in my satchel

A white plastic bowl or tray works well, just hold it under a branch, do a little shaking and catch what comes out. You can also drill a hole in it and clip it on to your pack or belt while hiking.

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I’ve used Motion-X and it’s ok; will it import and export, say from Google Earth and Google Maps? IHikeGPS will.

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Possibly similar to @tiwane, i’ve used a white plastic dishpan to beat branches over, or to knock it against the underside of shrub branches so that insects/spiders fall into it. Can also put leaf litter into it to sort through, looking for spiders, pseudoscorpions or other organisms.

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For recording gpx files? I currently use the Trails app and I’ve found it to be pretty good. It’s fairly easy to export gpx files so that you can use them elsewhere. It’s free to record a small number of tracks (I can’t remember how many) but requires a subscription to record an unlimited number. The subscription is pretty cheap—something like $8 per year—or I think you can pay monthly or quarterly if you don’t anticipate using it all the time.

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Ok, ty!

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