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7/21/2016 6:26 PM
 
 
Introduction to Backpacking Course | $100
This course is designed to get first time backpackers up to speed on basic backcountry travel skills. It consists of an online learning component leading up to the event, 1 night camping at the trailhead, and 1 night out on the trail before returning to the trailhead. For full information and to sign up, click here. (some spaces still available)
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We are finally back to regularly having just about everything in stock all the time. Newly available products include: As always, if we're out of stock on something you want, email us at info@hillpeoplegear.com specifying the product and color you want and we'll email you as soon as we have it back in stock.
Slot Pocket Survival Kit | Coming Soon
We've teamed up with our friends at SOLKOA to come up with the Slot Pocket Survival Kit. The goal was to hit as many bases as possible in a kit that would go in one of the internal slot pockets on a Kit Bag. We made it TSA friendly so you could carry it anywhere, with the understanding that our customers always carry a good knife when they can anyway. "Slot pocket size" also is great for a variety of other places such as a pants or jacket pocket. Here are it's characteristics:
  • TSA friendly
  • 5 oz
  • 4.5 x 5.5 x 1"
  • x2 mini fastfire fire starter
  • x4 rubber patches fire starter
  • x10 waterproof storm matches
  • ferrocerium rod
  • saw blade / striker
  • 1 liter water bag
  • x6 Aquamira water purification tabs
  • ACR Rescue whistle
  • signal mirror
  • Photon LED micro light
  • Orange signal panel
  • 15 ft 400lb test cordage
  • x4 write in the rain paper squares
  • pencil
  • 2 ft duct tape
  • magnification lens
  • Type A (highest quality available - made in Japan) button compass
If you would like notification when this is available, email info@hillpeoplegear.com.
in the field video | Robinson Roundabout
A great adventure with 2 owls, 3 bears, and a passel of elk. What more could you want? Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
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10/24/2016 2:24 PM
 
M2016 Butt Pack | $135
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We've answered the requests of customers and persuasive friends with an updated version of the venerable M1956 / M1967 military butt pack. For many in the US, a moldy military surplus M1967 on an alice belt with a couple of canteen pouches (and sheath knife if you were lucky!) was a first field setup and still holds a special place.

Just like the originals, the M2016 Butt Pack can be used as a shoulder bag or mounted on a belt with or without H-Harness. Unlike the original, HPG's new offering is also designed to mount securely on the top of a full sized pack as a floating and compressible top pocket. It comes with a shoulder strap with other carriage options offered separately.

The exterior has 4 different surfaces comprised of First Spear's proprietary 6/12 PALS grid fabric. There are both top and bottom compression straps for adding additional items. The interior is accessed via a full panel opening secured with a #10 zipper and additionally protected with side release buckles. Internal organization consists of a full 6/12 velcro / PALS field next to the removable HDPE frame sheet and a mesh zippered pocket opposite that.

Available in mid-November for $135 in two tone ranger green / khaki and two tone manatee grey / foliage grey. To be notified when it is available, email info@hillpeoplegear.com. Please specify color choice.
Longhouse instructional video series
We've just launched a new instructional video series on YouTube. The Longhouse Instructional Series goes hand in hand with the equipages section of our website with more hands on information including gear and techniques based on our time on the trail. There are folks who have more experience than us, and folks who have less. Whichever camp you're in, we hope you find something of value in this video series. We've also organized our YouTube channel into playlists. In addition to the Longhouse playlist, there is also a product playlist and an in the field playlist.
Product Updates
We have a number of limited runs on the way. Here is a full list of what is in stock now: And here is what is coming in the next couple of months. If you're interested in one of these, click the product to email us and get on the notification list: For those who have been patiently (and even not so patiently) waiting for Mountain Serapes, we have ranger green in stock in both sizes. We'll have multicam in the next couple of weeks.

Temperatures are starting to drop and we're re-stocked on long sleeve logo thermals. We also have an order for polartec logo beanies placed and we'll have those within the next month.

We're discontinuing a couple of items. We have Runner's Harnesses and Pocket Harnesses in stock now, but won't be reordering them due to minimal sales. Gotta keep room on the shelves for things we sell a lot of! So if you've been considering either of those, now is the time.

Want a multicam HPG backpack? The blaze orange palspockets have worked out so well for changing the bulk of a pack's color that we're considering doing a run of multicam Palspockets for folks who want to make their pack multicam from time to time. If you're interested in this, email and let us know.
Changing of the guard
During her tenure with Hill People Gear, Brooke Edwards saw her responsibilities and time commitment grow to the point that her family was often getting the short end of the stick. Finally it got to be too much and she decided to fully clear the way for someone fresh to take over her responsibilities and help grow the company. Brooke is doing well and still very much a friend of HPG. You can follow her photography on https://www.facebook.com/BEdwardsphot....

Kevin McDowell is joining us to take over Brooke's responsibilities as well as a few other things. Kevin was raised in the Mojave Desert of Arizona and joined the Marines shortly after high school. During his time in the Marines, Kevin's duties included deployment to Iraq as a Combat Advisor conducting patrols and raids with the Iraqi Police, loading bombs on FA/18 aircraft on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, and Forward Observer in the Marine Corps Reserves.

After getting out of active duty, Kevin worked as a Range Safety Officer at a shooting range while attending school for forestry. After his studies, Kevin worked for the US Forest Service doing fuels mitigation, timber sale operations, and wildland firefighting -- including a season as a crew member on the San Juan Hotshots.
Training Opportunities
Winter Skills Feb 17-19 2017
Como, Colorado
This course gives participants a solid introduction to winter backcountry travel in a safe environment. It consists of an online learning component leading up to the event, 2 nights of cabin / bunkhouse lodging and all meals, hands on skills classes, and a day trip integrating lessons from all of the coursework.
Intro to Backpacking April 7-9 2017
Desert - Western Colorado or Eastern Utah

This course is designed to get first time backpackers up to speed on basic backcountry travel skills. It consists of an online learning component leading up to the event, 1 night camping and coursework at the trailhead, and 1 night out on the trail before returning to the trailhead.
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We are fortunate in this matter that your conduct will be your marker and, thus, your reputation. The conduct of others on this forum has been, and will continue to be, their marker, and thus, their reputation. In the west, a person invests in one's reputation carefully. - 112Papa
 
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