Making the Suunto Vector better with Sugru

Suunto Vector Watch Hack with Sugru

The Suunto Vector is the quintessential rugged outdoor ABC watch and for the most part I am extremely happy with mine. However, there are a few things that I would love to see changed or improved that would, in my opinion, make the Vector the perfect adventure watch. Always Room for Improvement Some of the things […]

Easy Open Hack for DIY Single Use Antibiotic Packs

Easy Open Hack for DIY Anti Biotic Pouches

The DIY Single Use Antibiotic Packs article I published in June of 2011 is by far the most popular post on my blog. It has been shared, pinned, referenced, and republished over and over again because it is a simple idea with thousands of applications and uses. However, there is one question that gets asked […]

How to Anodize Titanium Using Diet Coke


So now you finally have that fancy titanium spork, tent stakes, or other piece of gear that you have been salivating over at your local outdoor store. The only problem, it is the wrong color. How would you go about changing this? Well, did you know that you can use Diet Coke to anodize titanium […]

Roundup of My Posts on


It’s always great to see other popular sites picking up my content and helping to spread the word about hacking gear, DIY projects, and general outdoor tips and tricks. One of the most popular sites that consistently does this is, so I thought I’d pull together a quick list of some of the my […]

EasyKlips Make DIY Tarps Much Easier


Like many of you I love sleeping under a tarp when I go backpacking. The benefits of being able to travel light are obvious plus there’s added bonus feeling of getting closer to my surroundings – being exposed at both ends like I am. Sure, pitching a tarp requires some practice (Rule #4) in order to get […]

A Kupilka Like No Other

I’m surprised at how perfect the Kupilka biomaterial (50% pine wood fiber and 50% plastic) is for carving and engraving. It doesn’t take very much effort, especially with a power tool like a Dremel, and the results are gorgeous. Since my first attempts at engraving my Kupilka 21 I’ve wanted to try something a little […]

DIY Skeletonized $3 Pot Lifter

Continuing on my gear hacking spree, the next unwilling victim is my aluminum pot lifter. I’ve been using an Open Country aluminum pot lifter for the past two years and really like the added security and safety it affords me when lifting my hot Snow Peak 600 cup up off of a stove or out […]

Kupilka Kustomizations

Once I get in the mood to start modifying gear anything is fair game. In fact you might want to brace yourselves for a flurry of mod/hack posts in the coming days. Ever since getting my hands on a Kupilka 21 cup I’ve wondered what it would be like to work with it as a […]

DIY – Single Use Antibiotic Packs

DIY single use antibiotic packets

The ongoing trend in the consumer market of providing small, ready-to-go, individual size packages of consumables has been a win-win for the lightweight and ultralight backpacking communities. Always looking to shave a few extra ounces or grams off of our overall pack weight, these individual servings are the perfect fit for trail snacks, drinks, condiments […]

What’s Your Biggest Gear Mistake?

We’re always showing off our latest and greatest gear and discussing the best possible ways to do things – usually based on our experiences gained through trial and error. So that got me wondering, what are some of the biggest mistakes (errors) you’ve made? Whether it’s a bad gear purchase that at the time seemed […]