Alpine Hammock | Help Fund a Cool Project

I’m a big fan of Kickstarter. I’ve backed several projects, such as BioLite CampStove and UL A-Z Video Series, via that were successfully funded and are now in full production. So I thought I’d share another project that is currently on Kickstarter with all of you because I think it’s worth funding and getting into production. […]

Are Dome Tents Best For Mountain Hiking?

I’m considering buying a one-person tent. I think I’m going to need it for my second trip to Mt. Whitney later this summer, but that’s sort of a new thing for me having gotten used to a tarp and bivy combo and before that a hammock. The only tents I have are for ‘family’ camping. […]

Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 – Smashes Guinness World Record

Terra Nova has smashed the Guinness World Record for the lightest commercially available tent, with the Laser Ultra 1. The company recently received confirmation that the tent, which weighs just over 21 ounces (600 grams), is now the record holder. It snatches the title from the Terra Nova Laser Photon, trimming over 7 ounces (200 […]

Ceramic Coated Ti Stake Prototypes

I’ve recently been field testing some prototype 6-inch, high-visibility 6g (0.2oz) titanium tent stakes manufactured by Gossamer Gear. These stakes are a new (unreleased) version of their popular Tite-Lite titanium tent stakes, with one major difference – they have a bright yellow, high-visibility ceramic coating. If you’ve ever lost one or more of your tent […]

Taking The Tarp Plunge

I’ve been toying with the idea of switching over to a tarp as my primary shelter for quite some time, but for reasons that escape me right now, I have never quite been able to fully commit to taking the plunge. My current solution is a Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym, which is by no means […]

Gear reviews in progress

Here’s a sneak peak of some pieces of gear that I am in the process of reviewing.  From left to right: Terra Nova Laser 20L ultralight pack, Helle Harding hand-made bushcraft knife, and the Terra Nova Bothy 2 superlite emergency shelter. Laser 20L: One of the lightest fully featured packs of it’s size currently available. […]

Home-made Stuff Sacks

Ever since I stumbled across the excellent instructions of how to make a silnylon stuff sack on Thru-Hiker’s website, I’ve wanted to try making some for myself.  The only problem was I didn’t have a sewing machine.  I had bought a couple of yards of inexpensive 1.1oz ripstop silnylon fabric from Quest Outfitters in anticipation […]