Urban Packing | 8 Days, One Mean Rucksack

One Mean Rucksack

At the end of the week my wife, kids, and I will be heading overseas to England to visit my family. It will be the first time my two small kids have ever been to England and their first time meeting their aunts, uncles, and cousins. It’s going to be exciting. I’m sharing this because […]

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 […]

Ultralight as a Lifestyle?


Have you ever noticed how the ultralight, minimalist mentality seeps into almost everything that you do? Or maybe it’s that you were always a minimalist and are just now applying that to your passion for backpacking and hiking? Either way you may have noticed this in other things that you do and when you make […]

How Much Knife Do You Need?

When it comes to knives there are only two types of people – knife fanatics and everyone else. As much as I like my knives, I probably still fall into the “everyone else” category. If you are a knife fanatic, then everything I am about to say will most likely upset or offend you, but […]

P-38: An Ultralight Jack-of-all-trades

A comment from Mattexian on a recent blog post of mine (Something I Never Hike Without) reminded me of one of my favorite little gadgets that I take for granted, the U.S. ARMY issue P-38 Can opener. I’ve carried one of these on every set of keys that I have had for as far back […]

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, […]

Spyderco Delica – EDC Perfection

I’ve carried a plain edge Spyderco Delica as my EDC blade for the past 14 years and have come to completely trust and rely on it as my go-to knife. My original Delica was the very first iteration of that model (Delica Clipit) which came with an integral, nonadjustable, plastic pocket clip and basic waffle […]

Swiss Army Rescue Tool x2

I just received two of these that I ordered using reward points from work. Why two? Well one for each vehicle we have. I’ve never been a big fan of Swiss Army knives or their tools and have never owned one because of that, but I have to say that I am blown away by […]

Mini pocket prybars

I’ve recently been looking for more affordable and available alternatives to Peter Atwood tools and gadgets and think I have come up with a really nice little custom tool myself. Well, when I say “myself” what I really mean is an existing mini prybar tool that I added a Peter Atwood style custom cord wrap […]

Gasbaby’s little brother

I wanted to share some pictures of my Atwood Mini Area 51 Keyton. It’s a wee small little fella, but ever so handy to have in your pocket. This one has the same stonewashed finish as my Gasbaby. Enjoy the pictures!