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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 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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SpinnTwinn in the Snow

If you ever wondered if you can set up a SpinnTwinn in the snow.  Hendrik Morkel recently created a great post on his site Hiking in Finland.  It shows lots of pictures and describes how to do it.  He goes over what types of stakes to use, how to support the poles, what types of […]

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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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