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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.

How to keep from losing Ti Stakes

How many times have you lost a tarp/tent stake, the thin 6-inch Ti 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 Ti stakes hard for me […]

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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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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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Overseas air travel with the Mariposa™

Miniposa and Mariposa™ can be taken as cabin baggage on airline flights, just watch the fatness and be sure to remove any tent stakes, pen knives or cutlery. You are normally allowed 10 kg in the cabin. And it ensures the bag chuckers don’t trash your ultralight pack. Put your other gear in a cheap […]

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Inflatable sleep pad inside Mariposa™

Instead of putting my inflatable pad in the pocket against my back, I used it to line the pack as shown in the attached Inflatable Pad Backpack Diagram. It provides rigidity and “splices” the joint between sleeping bag and other pack contents. I stopped using a stuff sack for my down sleeping bag and just […]

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