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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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How to avoid the duct tape stickiness on poles

I don’t like sticky duct tape residue stuck to my hiking sticks. So, to prevent my Keeper strings knots from sliding down my slippery hiking poles (or to mark where to attach tarp lines), I just rolled a 7/16″ faucet O ring up the pole to the desired height to act as a stop. Available […]

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Spectra line holder

Spectra lines can be a pain if you take them on and off your shelter, or move them around to adapt to particular conditions. To keep the lines tangle free, take a small piece of blue foam out of one of those spare sleeping mats, or similar source of material, cut some slits in the […]

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DIY Pack Water Bottle Holders

If you prefer to have water bottles attached to your shoulder straps for easy access, you can easily construct a pair of water bottle holders with some shock cord and cord locks. Use the shock cord and cord locks to construct two loops above and below the sternum strap, going through the webbing that the […]

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