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    Default Ghost Towners Check List

    I am new to Ghost Towning and wanted to know what some of the experienced member would suggest bringing along when going to a site. What are the essentials and such?

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    Here’s my short list, think survival!
    • A plan and folks back home who know where you went.
    • Capable vehicle. I prefer a Rubicon. Any purpose built 4x4 will do well. Factory “Cute-Ute’s” are not capable, sorry L ( lockers = less winching )
    • Full tank of gas, GI cans are good insurance. Mount them high and outside the vehicle to guard against fumes and rear end collisions.
    • Larger caliber revolver with extra ammo. I prefer a 686.
    • Extra canned food and water. Tape a p-38 to the lid of your canned stew.
    • A good map and a good compass. An eTrex after you have a good map and compass.
    • Hat, blanket, dry socks, winter gear ( even in July )
    • Shovel, to dig yourself out when stuck.
    • Spare tire, Tire plug kit with small but effective 12v compressor.
    • Hi lift jack and chains to use as a manual winch, and a dirt anchor.
    • Many flashlights and many batteries.
    • 100’ climbing ropes, the “real” kind.
    • A compact but capable tool kit.
    • Extra U-joints and a hand press.
    • Pipe strap, duct tape, butane lighters, dry matches, vice grips, nuts and bolts, zip ties, fluids, rags, hatchet/mallet, leatherman tool, binoculars.
    • Digital camera, so you can post cool pics on the forum.
    • Tarp with bungie cords.
    • Jumper cables and a fire extinguisher.
    • Bug spray
    • CB Radio. ( understand that a CB will only reach 5 miles line of sight )
    • Token first aid kit. Kids feel better when Band-Aids are put on their boo-boo’s.
    Extra credit items. Mucking boots, metal detector, gold pan, fishing pole,
    electric winch, snatch blocks, D-rings, tent, folding chairs, Topo/Nav computer,
    good friends and a cooler full of beer or soda.

    If you don’t carry all of the above, tag along with someone who does.

    Welcome to our family!!

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    OMG XLNT list Dan! But this is more for 4 WD'ers. If ya don't have 4wd, there are still plenty 'O ghost towns you can visit, without all the 4wd gear. Pare Dan's list down about 2/3, and select the necessary items from it.

    I have 2wd, Rand McNally Atlas instead of GPS, and been gt'ing for about 30 years. Ya know, the "dinosaur" age.

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    Like BB, there are lots of GTs I'll never get to, because of 2wd and, now, because of age considerations. I'm fairly comfortable if I'm satisfied I've done all I can to avoid being stranded. When going into a remote area, that is, one with very little expected traffic, and no way of contacting the outside world, I call a couple of folks, make sure they understand when and where I'll be, and when I expect to be back in touch. I carry plenty of water, food, and meds. My plan is to stay with the vehicle if the hike out is more than a few miles. Other than that, gun, cameras, binoculars, batteries, maps and the normal amount of safety stuff have gotten me by without a problem for many years. And, I don't expect to run out of interesting places to see, even if they're not as remote as some.

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    Toilet Paper,
    sealable bucket (I have a fire dept. issue hazmat bucket)
    light sticks
    firearm
    extra storage cards for your camera
    thumb drives for transfering pic for safe keeping

    the list is endless! Sometimes its easier to check in to a motel in the area and day trip to your sites. this eliminates having to bring a lot of camp equip and clothing on each excursion...
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    If I'm in a hurry or lazy, I just bring a gun and hold up someone that has all that stuff.

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    Wow, how did I forget to list toilet paper?
    "Wet Wipes" are the finest piece of trail
    equipment ever invented! Never leave home without them.

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    Couldn't have done it better,Laura!

    BTW, there is a new project in my garage. First the Kublewagon, then little Sammi,now?

    In a week or 3, all will be revealed.

    BS

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian10x View Post
    Couldn't have done it better,Laura!

    BTW, there is a new project in my garage. First the Kublewagon, then little Sammi,now?

    In a week or 3, all will be revealed.

    BS
    My curiosity is killing me. Is it something capable of going to the Black Diamond or Blue Bird?

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