Triple Aught Design and the founder Patrick Ma goes different ways….

I’m disheartened to hear the news today of Patrick Ma separating from Triple Aught Design, the company he founded in 1997. The press release states the reason for the break as “unresolved disputes with the two remaining managers… Brett Eisenberg and David Cahill,” who along with Patrick, formed the entity known as Triple Aught Design, LLC in August of 2010.

Read more at ITS Tactical.

Well, lets see what the future brings for TAD Gear then. I personally feel like they were more “hot” a year or so ago and now all they do is produce knifes and almost never keep any of the other softer stuff in stock like clothing and backpacks… To be honest, I’m very happy with all my Triple Aught Design things that I’ve bought. Everything from t-shirts to my Fastpack Litespeed so I hope that they’ll keep producing that stuff.

More photos from my latest trip

Here’s the last batch of photos…

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Stretching it out?

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Need… coffee… now….!

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Zebra horse?

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We’ve found water! Fjällräven Vidda Pro pants.

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Out and about with my Mystery Ranch pack and TAD Gear pants.

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Took this one right after we’ve filled up our Nalgenes with water.

More photos from my latest trip

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Good morning. Great view!

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Me waiting for the water to boil. My watch, Suunto Ambit HR, says 08:04.

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Jon is having some morning brew.

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Perfect breakfast. Two year old freeze dried, Real Field Meal, porridge. It still tasted great 🙂

Surviving in the Wild: 19 Common Edible Plants

ITS Tactical just posted a little something about edible plants. It was a good read. It’s nice to touch up on the old skills and once again to be reminded of what to eat and not to eat in case of an emergency.

So you’re stranded in the wilderness. You consumed the last nub of your Clif Bar two days ago, and now you’re feeling famished. Civilization is still several days away, and you need to keep up your strength. The greenery all around you is looking more and more appetizing. But what to nibble on? Some plants will keep you alive and are chock full of essential vitamins and minerals, while some could make you violently ill….or even kill you.

Read more at ITS Tactical.

And oh, I almost forgot! Grey Group Training has got a sale on Arc’Teryx gear this week.

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More photos from my latest trip

Mooaaar photos!

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Boiling water for our freeze dried food with my Primus OmniLite Ti. In the back you can see my Mystery Ranch NICE Frame Wolf Alpha.

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Triple Aught Design (TAD Gear) Force 10 Cargo Pants are being dried.

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My home away from home.

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Nalgene bottles. They are the best!

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Where we swum on the last day of our little adventure.

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It’s dangerous in the Swedish backwoods….

More photos from my latest trip

My friend Jon took these pictures with his phone – I think they deserve their own post.

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At our camp after the first day. Relaxing. At the back you can see my Fjällräven Abisko Lightweight 2 tent. Mystery Ranch packs on the ground, SATL & Wolf Alpha.

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Swimming on the last day. Was nice since it was like 30 degrees outside.

More photos from my latest trip

Here are some more pictures from my latest trip. I have a few more to post but instead of just making a post with a crap load of photos I’ll just post a few at the time…

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Wind turbines watching over Hästholmen

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Gear picture on the first evening of the hike. Was just about to prepare dinner. Pack weight 22.5kg.

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Wet socks need to get dry – Found this sticky wall to pin them to 🙂

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The evening sun is setting behind the clouds. This is my favorite picture from the trip.

Backwoods first aid kit from GearScout

A little something about an outdoor IFAK.

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I’m heading out for a couple of days of backpacking with my son and had to throw together a suitable first aid kit. Considering the activity and the scope of my training as an emergency medical responder (EMR), I chose a bit more than a handful of gear that I could use to treat just about any traumatic injury we might encounter on the trail. I’ve centered on slip and fall injuries: scratches, lacerations, sprains, strains, fractures and head injuries. All the things that would result from taking a tumble down a slope.

Read more at GearScout.

Back from a 3 day trip

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Me on the last part of the trip near our destination, Gränna.

Took a four day trip with a friend but it only took us three days to complete it – we apparently walk fast 🙂 We had a great time and the weather was good, almost too good! I think I’ve never been that sweaty ever before…

The picture above is taken by my friend with my camera and I gave the picture some loving when I got back home.

More pictures will come soon!

Latest Acquisitions

Patagonia Torrentshell jacket & pants. Underneath I have my Patagonia Nano Puff jacket that I’ve had for some time – it’s a great jacket! Buy it now 🙂

Both of the jackets are in size small even though all the charts says I should have a medium. Got the pants in medium even though I could have gotten the small but because in general I have more bulky pants than my sweater/jacket I went with the medium and I think it was a good choice.

The Torrentshell jacket stows away in the left hand side pocket making it really easy to pack.

The color of the jacket is Classic Tan that I think that you can’t really buy anymore. It’s listed as a ‘sale product’ at patagonia.com but that was the one that I wanted.

Before I went with this set I was very close to buy the Marmot Precip set but the fact that the guys at the store said it couldn’t be stowed in it’s own pocket and that the hood doesn’t have a draw cord to cinch it down I went with the Patagonia (The Precip has got a velcro closure that people have complained about, not working well). The Marmot Precip is also a tad bit cheaper.

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Details

  • H2No® Performance Standard shell with waterproof/breathable 2.5-layer nylon ripstop
  • 2-way-adjustable hood with a laminated visor rolls down and stows
  • Microfleece-lined neck provides comfort and protects waterproof/ breathable barrier
  • Center-front zipper features minimal welt storm flap that creates a zipper-garage chin guard
  • Pockets: two zippered handwarmers and venting pit zips; all with welted exterior storm flaps and DWR-treated zippers
  • Self-fabric hook-and-loop cuff closures and adjustable drawcord hem seal out elements
  • Stows in self-stuff handwarmer pocket with carabiner clip-in loop
  • H2No® Performance Standard shell: 2.5-layer, 2.6-oz 50-denier 100% nylon ripstop with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 346 g (12.2 oz)
  • Made in Vietnam.