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These hiking tips will help you use your outdoor gear smarter and lighter. This advice has been submitted by customers, ambassadors and our editor. Have a trick you would like to share? Contact us and we will consider publishing it!

Ultralight Tic Tac Fishing Kit

It’s just an empty Tic Tac box with a small foam pad inside. The foam holds the lures. My favorite for mountain trout is a small Panther Martin and a small Super Duper.  Flies or your favorites can be added.  The outside of the box is wrapped with 50 feet of 6 lb. mono-filament line.  […]

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Hiking Tip: Collecting Water

Have you ever needed to fill your water container only to find there wasn’t enough clearance for you to get the opening of your container under the flow?  When water levels are low the flow doesn’t always shoot out far enough to catch the water, it rolls around the contour of the rock making it […]

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Bad Weather under an Ultralight Tarp

Have you ever been caught in a vicious, windy, cold rainstorm? It can more dangerous and less comfortable than being in a snow storm. What if your rain gear and/or hiker umbrella isn’t providing enough protection in such conditions? Unless your rain jacket is thick and not breathable, moisture is going to find a way […]

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Water is Heavy in Pack

This advice is primarily for hikers on established trails with good knowledge of their water sources.  Please read comments below for a number of other perspectives. Fears tend to drive what we carry.  The three hardest fears I have dealt with are getting cold, hungry and thirsty. I want to talk today about water management.  […]

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Put Rocks on Tent Stakes

When setting up a shelter, I pick a location where there are rocks. Rocks can be used to add support to lightweight stakes.  Push the stake until it is all the way into the ground and then put a rock on top of the stake. The next time someone trips over a tent line or […]

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Losing your Titanium Tent Stakes

How many times have you lost a tent stake, the thin 6-inch titanium hook stakes to be precise? I live in the southeastern part of the US where dead leaves from various hardwoods and pine needles are on the ground year around. I’ve found the nondescript gray color of this titanium stakes hard for me […]

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Hip Belt Pockets: Other Uses

This photo shows how a hiker is using his Hip Belt Pockets when not wearing his pack. He just slides his belt through the elastic loops. –Submitted by Paul Cronshaw Last updated:13th April, 2015

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NightLight Torso pad into holder

Insertion of the NightLight™ pad into the back of your Mariposa™ Plus backpack can be made much easier if you first place the pad in a 6″ gallon ‘small-size’ plastic waste can liner. The liner – 22″ x 2′ – is available in all grocery stores and only weighs 0.4oz. When in camp, the liner […]

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