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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!

Conquer stress with Francis Tapon

For those interested in learning how to overcome unwanted stress on the trail and in your everyday lives. Trail Ambassador Francis Tapon recently created a new post on his website about how to overcome stress using a technique from pilgrims who walk the 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail. In their honor, he calls it the Pilgrim’s Perspective. […]

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Lithium vs Alkaline Battery Weight

It’s common knowledge that Lithium batteries outlast Alkaline batteries by about 50%. However, did you know one AAA Lithium battery weighs 33.3% less than the same brand of AAA Alkaline battery? What is the weight difference between the lithium and alkaline battery? In the picture below, on the left weighing in at 8 grams is […]

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How to build a G4

For those interested in learning how to build the G4 backpack. The following video is a great clip that was just recently sent to us about how to build the backpack. This can be a great video for any level hiker, as it can help educate or re-educate any hiker on the steps necessary to […]

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DIY Hiking Shoes

For those interested in learning more about how to make your own footwear. Trail Ambassador Diane Soini recently sent us a very descriptive email about how she designed her own shoe for her hiking trips. It was important to her that she try to make as simple a shoe as possible since it seemed to […]

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How to make a ‘cap keeper’

For those interested in learning how to make their own ‘cap keeper’ for their own water bottle. Trail Ambassador Jason Klass recently created a great step by step article on his website about how to make a ‘cap keeper’ with a normal plastic water bottle like a Gatorade bottle. The point in designing your own […]

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Homemade Energy Bars

My friend, the Onion of CDT yo-yo fame, was in Denver for a visit and he let me try his homemade energy bars. I had been looking for a cheaper alternative to buying bars from my local grocery store for a long time and was immediately sold on his bars*. I played around with his […]

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Re-threading a Stuff Sack

Did you accidentally pull out the string in your stuff sack?  It can be frustrating to try to get the string back through.  We here have used a number of techniques but this one here is the quickest we have seen.  Take a safety pin and stick it through your string.  Close the safety pin […]

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Seam Sealing Tips

Last month, there was some questions on how to seam seal one of our tarps so we thought we would post on how we do it and include some of the tips our users have given us.  Typically we make our own sealant out of a mixture of high grade outdoor silicone caulking and mineral […]

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