Author Cody Wright

There will always be certain essential pieces of gear that a hunter takes with them in their pack. Other items are taken based on a few criteria such as; depending upon the time of year, the weather, the terrain, the season, the species, and hunting location relative to the trailhead.

We have found throughout the years that being able to track what gear we plan to have with us with a gear list allows for easy planning beforehand as well as keeps us from forgetting any necessary items or packing in anything extra.

It doesn’t matter if you’re headed out for a weekend high country mule deer archery hunt in August, a weeklong September archery elk hunt, or a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Alaska, using the gear list template to plan and prepare for your trip will guarantee that you will have everything you need packed and ready come time to go hunting.

Your free gear list template

We have made our Gear List Template accessible with the list below:


Once you open the spreadsheet, you can create a copy to modify for your gear...

  • Computer & Web Browser: Select File, then "Make a copy" or "Download" from the menu

  • Mobile Device & Google Sheets App: Open the Menu by selecting the three dots in the upper-right corner of the screen, then select "Options > Share & Export"

  • If the spreadsheet opens in the web browser on your mobile device and you don't see either of the previously mentioned options, try installing the free Google Sheets app on your device.

Once you have your copy of the spreadsheet, modify each item as needed to build your customized gear list.



At the top of the spreadsheet, you will see there are areas for your Base Pack Weight, Full Pack Weight. There are also weights per category of items, such as the Pack & Accessories category. These numbers are all calculated for you, and will be explained below. The Base Pack Weight does not account for food, fuel, or water since those are subject to change. Once you enter how much food, fuel, and water you will be carrying, those numbers will be added to The Base Pack Weight to provide you with The Full Pack Weight.


When you check "INCLUDED" next to any item, that item will be added into your pack weight totals. This feature allows you to compare the weight of different items to meet your needs dependent upon the trip. If we are hunting archery elk in a mostly timbered area, we will not pack a tripod and spotting scope, but those items will be in our pack for a high country mule deer hunt. Other examples are different boots and clothing dependent upon how cold or wet the forecast predicts. By changing the "INCLUDED" status of those items, we will notice how our pack weight changes accordingly by category and total.

Once we have all of the items included for a specific hunt, we will often print off a paper copy of the gear list to use as we pack our gear before leaving home. That's where the second checkbox column — "PACKED" — is used. You can also mark items as packed using the digital spreadsheet if you don't want to or need to print a hard copy of your gear list. Keep in mind, the “PACKED” column is to determine whether the task is completed or not and does not change the pack weight numbers; only the “INCLUDED” column is considered into the pack weight calculations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Current Split


- Chest/Shoulders/Triceps + Easy Run


- Back/Biceps + Fartlek run


- Legs + Recovery Run


- Chest/Shoulders/Triceps + Tempo Run


- Back/Biceps + Easy run


- Legs


- Long Run

Training 101

PERIODIZATION - The specific structure of training over time.

PROGRESSIVE OVERLOAD - The gradual increase of stress placed upon the body throughout the training cycle. This means increasing the overall load lifted during a workout. ie. more weight at same reps, more reps at same weight, or more reps and more weight during the span of the training cycle.

TEMPO - The speed at which the lift occurs. 

ROM - Range of motion.

RPE - Rate of perceived exertion. A measure of how difficult a set was on a 1-10 scale, with 10 meaning muscular failure was achieved.

RIR - Reps in reserve, RIR 1 = 1 rep left in the tank; RIR 5 = you can complete 5 more reps. 

EFFORT - How hard you are pushing the set relative to failure. Measured with RPE or %1RM.

LOAD - The weight of the external resistance.

INTENSITY - Effort and load.

VOLUME - Total amount of work performed. Usually figured as sets x reps x load.

FREQUENCY - How often you directly train a given muscle per 7 days 

HYPERTROPHY - The growth of muscle tissue / muscle mass. 

AMRAP - As many reps as possible (with good form). Often performed as a max strength test.

Types of Sets

Circuit - Group of exercises to be done together without resting unless specifically stated.

Compound Set - 2 exercises that work the same muscle group to both be done before resting.

Superset - 2 exercises that work opposite muscle groups to both be done before resting.

Giant Set - 3 or more exercises to both be performed before taking a break or resting.

Drop Set - Drop = after completing the initial number of reps, lower your weight and complete the next set of reps, then lower weight after that number of reps and complete the next set number of reps, and so on.

example: 8 drop 12 drop 12

example: 8 drop fail drop fail

Set to Failure - This means you will perform each set of the movement until muscle failure.

Descending Set (12,10,10,8) - Any time you see a descending set you should aim to increase weight each set when reps decrease.

Pyramid Set (12,10,10,12) - Any time you see a pyramid set you should aim to increase weight when reps decrease and lower weight as needed when reps increase.

Straight Set - Any time you see straight sets, regardless of the number of reps, they are going to be tempo based, so increasing weight each set isn't necessary.

21's / 30's - The first 7/10 reps will only be half reps beginning at the starting position to halfway contracted, the second 7/10 reps will begin at the halfway contracted position and go to full contraction, the last 7/10 reps will be full range of motion reps.

Attachments / Equipment

DB - Dumbbell

BB - Barbell

KB - Kettlebell

Movement Positions

Eccentric - “Negative” portion of rep / target muscle lengthening / stretching

Concentric - “Positive” portion of rep / target muscle shortening / contracting

Isometric - Target muscle engaged in current position without moving

Sticking Point - Transition between eccentric/concentric “bottom of the rep”

Grip / Stance

SA - Single Arm

SL - Single Leg

Alternating - Switch back and forth on which side to perform the movement at a time.

Pronated - Thumbs facing each other

Supinated - Thumbs opposing / also called reverse grip

Neutral - Thumbs parallel facing forward

Close - Inside Shoulder Width Pronated grip.

Snatch - Extra Wide Pronated grip.

Cannonball - Heels together, knees and toes angled out slightly.

Sumo - Extra wide stance with toes pointed outward, knees should be over the heels when at the bottom of the rep.

Feet Touching - The balls of the feet are together, toes facing forward knees close together or touching.

Toes Raised - Weight plate underneath toes/ball of feet to better isolate hams/glutes.

Heels Raised - Weight plate underneath heels of feet to better isolate quads.

Toes Out - For calf exercises only. Heels hip width or closer, toes pointed away from the other foot.

Toes In - For calf exercises only. Heels hip width or closer, toes pointed towards the other foot.

Toes Straight - Regular Stance For calf exercises only. Heels hip width, toes pointed parallel to the other foot.

Movement Tempo

1st number: How long the negative portion of the rep should last

2nd number: How long should pause on the stretch

3rd number: How long the positive portion of the rep should last

4th number: How long should pause on the contraction

Negative is always the stretch (muscle lengthening)

Positive is always the contraction (muscle shortening)

example: Leg Press (4:0:1:0)

4 seconds on the negative, no pause on the stretch

1 second on the positive, no pause on the contraction

example: DB Incline Fly (4:2:1:2)

4 seconds on the negative, 2 second pause on the stretch

1 second on the positive, 2 second pause on the contraction