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 […]

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 […]

Online Walking Time Calculator

I came across a really useful online walking time calculator during my daily reading and decided to share it with you all.  It’s pretty flexible and can even help you adjust your times to account for ascents (Naismith’s Rule) and fatigue (Tranter’s Corrections). Worth checking out and bookmarking! Naismith’s Rule:Is named after the Scottish climber […]

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 […]

Bear Bags: Are The Bears Getting Smarter?

In more and more areas, bear canisters are becoming a requirement. The problem is, they’re bulky and heavy. Whenever possible I prefer the PCT method for hanging my food overnight because I need to carry very little gear for it and it’s a relatively easy and reliable technique. Or is it? I’ve witnessed first hand […]

Measuring Your Distance Using Strides

A useful way to estimate the distance you’ve walked or hiked for any given period of time is by counting the number of strides you’ve taken.  A stride (or pace) is the distance traveled by the heel of one foot to the next time that same foot strikes down – in other words, two steps, […]

Reusable Ultralight D-Ring

A while back Jason Klass created a video showing how to add an ultralight D-ring to your pack using a nylon cable tie.  I’ve used Jason’s technique for quite some time with great success but I’ve always been disappointed when I’ve had to occasionally move/remove the cable tie for various reasons and didn’t have another […]

DIY: Reflective Zipper Pulls

A friend recently remarked on the brightly colored zipper pulls that I have on several of my jackets, and it reminded me that this would probably be a good subject and backpacking tip to share with everyone else. The photo above shows three of my jackets with some of my DIY reflective zipper pulls made […]

Camping Classic – Waterproofing Matches

This will expose both my technology geek side and my backpacking nerd side in one blog post. So, just the other day, I was reading my self-made eBook version of Horace Kephart’s classic, “Camping and Woodcraft“, on my iPod Touch when I came across a beautiful little nugget of camping wisdom explaining how to weather-proof […]