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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.

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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How to increase comfort of the NightLight™ torso pad

Here is a simple way to increase the comfort of your NightLight™ torso pad, both in the pack and on the ground, which even lightens it up a bit! It allows you to nest your torso pad more completely when you fold it up so it fits in the pad holder pocket more cleanly.  Click […]

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How to convert your Lightrek™ poles to collapsible poles

Ever wish you had markings on your Lightrek™ poles to instantly know which length to extend them to without the old “holding them next to each other” ritual at the trailhead? Here’s a simple solution: use a silver-metallic Sharpie marker. Since the poles are black, you need something that will stand out against the graphite […]

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Hold your polycryo down when it’s windy

When it got windy I had a hard time keeping the polycryo groundsheet on the ground while setting up my tent. To help keep the groundsheet in place, I attached two corners of the groundsheet to the tent. Putting a tab of duct tape on the ground sheet, cutting a hole in the duct tape […]

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Pack Modification for a Bear Can

To better hold my Bearacade Bear canister, I sewed two thin strips of Velcro on the underside of each of the Y straps and affixed 2 strips of adhesive backed Velcro on the canister…Perfecto …bear canister stayed just where I wanted it to! –submitted by Peter Ireland

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Shoulder Strap Pockets

I added two small holders (out of ripstop nylon) to the shoulder straps, one for a small digital camera and the other for my GPS. The holders held the bottom half of the unit and then I had small elastic that prevented the units from bouncing out. I had one piece of elastic going around […]

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Toothpaste dots

Are you not quite ready to use Dr. Bronner’s soap for toothpaste? Do you have a favorite brand or need a special one for sensitive teeth? Consider making toothpaste ‘dots’ by drying little dabs on your dehydrator while you’re dehydrating some food for your next trip. If you don’t want to run the dehydrator, just […]

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