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Tips and Tricks help you use your gear smarter and lighter. If you have a tip or a trick you would like to share with us, email it to us and we will post it to help all our tribe.

Infographic: Self-Tensioning Shock Cords

DIY Self-Tensioning Guy Lines

One of the popular fabrics for making lightweight tarps and shelters is silicon-impregnate ripstop nylon—silnylon or ’sil’ for short. It is valued for its light weight, strength, and waterproofness (and relative low cost compared with other options). But like all nylon-based materials, it has a downfall: it stretches when it gets wet. And it’s not […]

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K-Keg Alcohol Stove

Ode to My Alcohol Stove

Through snow, rain, wind and in the dry of the desert-you are always there for me. You never fail to perform your duties and ensure that I am warm and fed before I go to bed. Your simple design and smooth aluminum lines are what keep you light and true. There may be other stoves […]

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If I chickened out, look what I would have missed!

Finding the Courage to Solo Backpack

Love backpacking but have a hard time finding companions? You are not alone, and ultimately if you find yourself dreaming of trails, mountains, streams, wildlife, the smell of pine trees, or nature’s music, you’ll be faced with the decision to either solo or deny your dreams. Finding companions with the same desires, schedules, hiking style, […]

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Thoughts on Walking Straight

Over the years of my thru-hiking endeavors I have progressed in my ability to be a better hiker. I think most long distance hikers naturally strive to do the same, no matter the pace and skill level. Our skills and knowledge about the gear we use, the food we eat, management of our bodies and […]

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View from the Wonderland Trail

The Art of the Bail

Remember the Clint Eastwood movie, The Eiger Sanction? During the climbers meeting, Clint suggests that their planned route leaves no room for retreat and the head honcho snidely chides him for planning for defeat. Most of us want to think that our planned trips will go, well, as planned, but circumstances arise that can throw […]

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Seam Sealing

Seam Sealing Tarps and Tents

Seam sealing tarps and shelters terrifies many people. Honestly it’s the easiest thing you can do. A few ground rules: Seal the outside. That’s where the rain will fall and you need to seal the stitching there to repeal water ingress. Make sure its not too hot 6of/15c is ideal temperature to seal up your […]

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Cut a small water reservoir in half and use it as a water scoop in small streams

Water Dipper

Ever want to carry a scooping cup for those tiny pools and barely flowing water sources? You’ve probably also thought “I don’t want to carry another half Smartwater bottle or small cup for that purpose.” Too bulky and too much extra weight for the gram weenies. Well, here’s a light and refined solution: If you […]

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