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 […]

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 […]

Ranger Pacing Beads Giveaway

Don’t forget there are just a few days left to qualify for this month’s Ranger Pacing Beads giveaway.  You may recall my recent blog post about how to measure your distance using strides in which I described how to use pacing beads for keeping track of the number of strides/paces you’ve taken. These are sets […]

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 […]

Small Pens for Backpacking

I like to take notes and keep a trail journal while I’m hiking, so having a reliable pen or small pencil handy is a must for me.  For the longest time I’ve carried a standard #2 pencil cut down to size so that it fits along the spine of my Rite in the Rain notebook, […]