GO-ID Personal Identification Kit

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A while back, Brian sent me a neat little thingy called the GO-ID. ( The “ID” is for “identification”, not the ‘Id’, which is the part of your unconscious mind that relates to your basic needs and desires. Let’s clear that up now to avoid any potential confusion.) In a nutshell, the GO-ID is a […]

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 […]

The Micro Tick Key – Hacking Gear Down to Size

Hacking the Tick Key

The Tick Key is the best Tick removal tool that I have ever used. However, in my opinion, its far bigger than it really needs to be. That is especially true if you want to carry the Tick Key in a minimal or ultralight pocket First Aid Kit (FAK). Most of the hacks I do […]

Altitude Adapt Review – Reader Testing Results

Altitude Adapt Lozenges

My name is Jeremy and I hate altitude sickness (furthermore referred to AMS for Acute Mountain Sickness). I grew up at the base of several ten-thousand foot mountains in sunny southern California, and most of my childhood was spent driving from where I lived (1,200 ft) to the beautiful snow capped heaven that was those […]

Mosquitno – All Natural Mosquito Repellent Wristbands and Stickers

Mosquitno All Natural Mosquito Repellent

Lets face it, as much fun as it is to be outdoors hiking, fishing, gardening, or playing in the back yard, nothing can spoil the fun faster than annoying, biting mosquitoes, flies, gnats or no-see-ums. Like many avid hikers I have my own solution for managing with biting bugs, typically consisting of a headnet and […]

Hydropel vs. BodyGlide LP | The Results!

It was recently brought to my attention that I did not report back on the results of my ‘Hydropel vs. BodyGlide Blister Challenge‘ post from Aug 2011, just prior to my trip to Mt. Whitney – shout out and thanks to ‘dkramalc’ on the BPL forums for keeping me honest. For those that are new […]

Hydropel vs. BodyGlide Liquified Powder

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Is Hydropel really as good as all the hype? I’m sure you’ve all read about it like I have and probably wondered if it’s really as good as everyone says it is, and more importantly, whether it’s worth $20 for a 2oz tube? That’s a lot of money even if it does last a long […]

Using KT Tape for Plantar Fasciitis

You may remember USA gold medalist Kerri Walsh sporting KT Tape during the Olympics. She used it to help with her shoulder injuries and in doing so propelled the product into the spotlight. Now it is readily available at most sporting stores and can help you with your muscle pains. I’ve been using Kinesiology Therapeutic […]

DIY – Single Use Antibiotics 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 […]

The Tick Key Tick Remover

I saw this the other day and picked one up for my first aid kit. It’s called The Tick Key® and is a really easy way to remove ticks that have already attached themselves. The Tick Key is made from strong 5052 anodized aluminum and is available in seven cool colors; green, blue, orange, purple, […]