Ultralight Fly Fishing Box

I’ve been on a bit of a Tenkara kick lately, every since receiving my new Iwana rod and other pieces of Tenkara fishing gear from Daniel at TenkaraUSA just a few weeks ago. Unfortunately for me there aren’t any specialized fly fishing stores near where I live in North Carolina, unless someone knows of any? […]

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 […]

Fisher Space Pen Refill | Ultralight Hack

I know a lot of people that carry a Fisher Space pen refill (not the whole pen) as their ultralight writing solution for taking notes along the trail. Let me first say that I’m not a big fan of the Fisher pressurized ink refill, it constantly globs up and is slow to dry, but it […]

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 […]

Terra Nova 20L Quick Mods

The more I use the Terra Nova 20L, the more I like it. However, there are a few small improvements or modifications that I’ve changed from the way the bag came that I think are worth sharing. Larger Stopper Knots on Shock CordsAs I mentioned in my earlier detailed review of the 20L, the basic […]

Leave No Trace – Cathole Trowels?

So here’s an interesting and somewhat “delicate” topic of conversation, cathole trowels. If you practice Leave No Trace (and you should) then your familiar with digging your “hole” in order to take care of business and covering it back up. But what do you use to dig your hole, if anything? I know people who […]

Dan Koster Bushcraft Knife Modifications

I’ve been using my Dan Koster Bushcraft knife for several months now and for the most part it’s really good quality knife, albeit a slightly heavy one . However, one of the design characteristics that I’ve been disappointed with from the day I received it was the shape, and specifically the thickness, of the natural […]

DIY Ultralight ‘Faraday Cage’ RFID Blocking Wallet

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There has been a surge of new RFID blocking wallets and other products on the market that are designed to block cellular phone or RFID chip signals in order to prevent their transmissions or stored data from being maliciously intercepted, scanned or used to track your location. Two recent examples of these types of products […]

Ultralight Cooking | Altoids Mini-BBQ

I had to share this. Wired’s Gadget Lab has a great DIY Friday article on how to make a mini-BBQ from a round Altoids tin and a few other odds and ends.  The end result is a pretty good representation of what a classic round Weber BBQ grill looks like, only super small – maybe […]