OscarDelta Hybrid Kevlar SERE Cord 1505

I do like me some good cord. Some people have a passion for tents, backpacks, stoves, or maybe even a running/hiking shoe fetish. I like some of those too, but cord and knot tying has been a part of my outdoor activities even as a kid. I’ve been testing a sample of a custom made […]

Rainy Day Projects | Paracord Bracelet Kits

The weekend before last was rainy and miserable here in North Carolina, so Jack, Maggie, and I weren’t able to get outdoors to explore and burn off a little steam after a long week. We discussed a couple of things we could do to pass the time (for some reason tidying their bedrooms did not […]

Turk’s Head Knot Paracord Woggle

Ok, so this is not strictly backpacking related, but it involves 550 paracord, knot tying, some creative use of wood glue, and the final result is pretty darn cool, so I thought I’d share it anyway. A woggle, for those of you that have never heard the term, is a device used to fasten the […]

Cord Weight/Strength/Cost Comparisons

Over the last few months I’ve been slowly pulling together a spreadsheet of specifications about different types of cordage that are commonly use by backpackers and hikers with the intent of being able to slice and dice the information in several different ways, by weight, strength, diameter, etc. I’ve recently completed the comparison table using […]

Ranger Pacing Beads Giveaway

Don’t forget there are just a few days left to qualify for this month’s Ranger Pacing Beads giveaway.  You may recall my recent blog post about how to measure your distance using strides in which I described how to use pacing beads for keeping track of the number of strides/paces you’ve taken. These are sets […]

Ranger Pacing Beads Giveaway!

I have three sets of Ranger Pacing Beads to give away this month.  You may recall my recent blog post about how to measure your distance using strides in which I described how to use pacing beads for keeping track of the number of strides/paces you’ve taken. These are sets that I have made using […]

Measuring Your Distance Using Strides

A useful way to estimate the distance you’ve walked or hiked for any given period of time is by counting the number of strides you’ve taken.  A stride (or pace) is the distance traveled by the heel of one foot to the next time that same foot strikes down – in other words, two steps, […]

Custom-made Dan Koster Bushcraft Knives

Last month, after a longer than anticipated wait, I finally received my custom-made Dan Koster Bushcraft knife! I had wanted to write a review the very next day, but with some much going on I’ve only just been able to finish writing it. As I said, the knife was custom-made for me by well known […]

Mini pocket prybars

I’ve recently been looking for more affordable and available alternatives to Peter Atwood tools and gadgets and think I have come up with a really nice little custom tool myself. Well, when I say “myself” what I really mean is an existing mini prybar tool that I added a Peter Atwood style custom cord wrap […]