Eyedropper Bottles: An Ultralighter’s Friend

One of the easiest and quickest ways to shave some weight off your pack is by reducing the quantity of a given item that you carry. For most items that’s relatively easy, you just carry less, this works for most things including toiletries, but for liquids like soap, toothpaste, or water purification drops it requires […]

Plastic Soda Bottle Lid Capsule – Recycle, Pack Light!

A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a discussion board that talked about and showed a small, lightweight reusable container made out of the necks and lids of two plastic soda bottles.  I haven’t been able to find that same post ever since, but remember enough about it to want to give it a […]

Terra Nova Laser 20L Backpack

The Terra Nova Laser 20L pack is a lightweight frame-less backpack designed with a “lightweight-but-full-of-features” approach for day use or overnight hiking trips. Specifications: Manufacturer: Terra Nova, UK Model: Laser 20L Backpack Weight: 11.6oz (328g) Measured Weight: 11.4oz (323g) Capacity: 20L The pack is designed with a single main compartment, accessed by a long, vertical […]

Evernew Water Carry Bags

As you reach the point where you pretty much have all the gear you need (and then some) for backpacking and hiking, your focus typically shifts to improving on the gear that you already have or tweaking it to be more effective or to shave off weight.  I’m always on the lookout for new or […]

Nalgene Duct Tape Mod

Here’s a photograph of my favorite Nalgene OTG bottle that as you can see I’ve slightly modified.  I’ve been carrying short lengths of duct tape on my backpacking drinking bottles for a long time now, it comes in very handy in a pinch and my water bottle is typically always within easy reach unlike carrying […]

Simple pack weight reductions

Reducing the weight of your pack doesn’t have to happen quickly or be a drastic overnight change. It can happen over the course of several months by making incremental reductions to what you pack as you become more aware of what you are carrying and what you really need or use. However, reducing the number […]

Gravity Water Filter

Usually when I go hiking I take along my portable Katadyn Guide water pump and use it to fill up one or two 2-liter Platypus bags for later drinking. While the Katadyn works extremely well and I’ve never experienced any problems resulting from the water I’ve pumped and later consumed, I’ve noticed that it is […]