Miniature Pens:

Some of these would make an interesting stocking filler. Whilst nowhere near as Ultralight as my own http://www.theultralighthiker.com/ultralight-pen/ some of them are quite interesting. Being able to have a pen handy on your keychain is a good idea, as is … Continued

I’ll Take the Low Road: Canoe Hunting:

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A canoe (or better yet, a pack raft) can get you to many spots which would be almost impossible with a 4WD or just on foot (even just across a swollen river, or much further along a lake), and it … Continued

More about DIY PFDs: 114 grams

You can make a lighter non compliant PFD which you fill with other inflatable items, eg Platypus bottles (I carry a 1 and 2 litre bottle, pillows (I carry the Exped Ultralight), wine bladders (who doesn’t have a few of … Continued

Ultralight Pack Rafting Life Vest:

PFDs are often pretty heavy. Alpacka have this one http://www.alpackaraft.com/product/astral-v-eight-pfd/ at 554 grams which is (I imagine) about as light as they get. I discovered that inflatable PFDs you buy from boating supplies shops have an airline PFD inside them. … Continued

Gippsland Pack Rafting Routes:

It’s summer already, so time to get out and about and get wet all over. I want to suggest some interesting pack rafting that you can do by public transport (eg from Melbourne). Some of the following you can mix … Continued

A Birthday Treat: Mirboo North Rail Trail:

As one of us was a year older, we took the day off for a leisurely stroll on this lovely nearby walking/riding track which stretches between the delightful Gippsland towns of Boolarra and Mirboo North. You can park your car … Continued

That Endless Skyway: Everest Base Camp Trek #7:

We had a programmed ‘acclimatisation day’ at Namche and another at Dingboche. Tully had decided we would use these days to climb up to the next 500 metre ‘step’ and then descend again to sleep. This proved to be a … Continued

800th Post:

There is really a lot to read on TheUltralightHiker, but maybe you didn’t realise there was quite this much. (And there are now also over 1,000 pages here: http://finnsheep.com/HIKING.htm, as well as more in the Archives section, & etc) What … Continued

The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Boots:

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An interesting infographic. Sometimes it is the basics we are a little unclear on… The Ultimate Guide To Hiking Boots Over the past decade, the variety of hiking boots and shoes has exploded, as designs become increasingly specialised. Here’s a … Continued

Are You Beautiful in the Buff:

Obviously you can’t tuck your nose and mouth (unlike the rest of your face) in your sleeping bag otherwise it will become saturated from your breath and no longer keep you as warm. Until now I just put up with … Continued

Pimping a Gorilla:

You can readily shave around 300 grams off Gossamer Gear’s Gorilla (http://gossamergear.com/gorilla-ultralight-backpack-all-bundle.html or Mariposa, etc) backpack by taking out the aluminium stay, removing the hipbelt and replacing it with an ultralight webbing belt, and replacing the Sitlight pad with an … Continued

Klymit Inertia O Zone Ultralight

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Exclusive Sleeping Pad and Pillow combined: An interesting idea: fits inside your sleeping bag for extra warmth. R = 1.3, from US$51.99 11.9 oz (339 grams):  http://www.klymit.com/inertia-ozone.html  & now on Massdrop; https://www.massdrop.com/buy/klymit-inertia-o-zone-ultralight?referer=EJ89BQ

The Eternal Headtorch 21 grams:

Coghlans Dynamo Flashlight: http://www.coghlans.com/products/dynamo-flashlihgt-1202 available eg Anaconda @ $10.99: Wind the handle for 1 minute to get up to 7 minutes of light. Features 2 bright LED lights, 10 Lumens. Positive feeling ON/OFF switch. Convenient key chain clip. Configured as … Continued

Backpacking Gear Advice: The Three ‘Biggies’:

I wrote this in reply to a query from a reader about what backpack, tent, sleeping bag he should buy. As you can see, I do not always recommend people ‘buy’. Hi (Reader) – and Thanks. As you can probably … Continued

Pneumonia: Running Out of Puff: Everest Base Camp Trek #6

Three weeks ago now since I left Namche Bazar for Everest with this awful life form growing in my chest like some incubus from ‘Alien’. Since then it and my body have waged an uncivil war back and forth with … Continued

The Not So Ultralight Hiker’s Tentpeg:

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What a buy these guys were at Aldi for my old mate Jock at $2 a pack of four! He reckons on at least a dozen uses for them including as: markers for night-time fishing set lines, toilet markers, guy … Continued

Aloksak: Waterproof Gun Bag

Aloksak make really great waterproof to 200 metres snaplock bags. This one is even big enough to put your rifle in (great for canoeing/boating/hunting trips. It is the only waterproof gun bag I know of. Of course the smaller ones … Continued

I Saw Below Me That Golden Valley: Everest Base Camp Trek #5

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It is a pleasant and easy couple of km descent through a pretty forest from Lukla to the  prosperous looking agricultural town of Chheplung (though it is much harder struggling back up the other way on the return journey with … Continued

I followed my footsteps: Everest Base Camp Trek #4

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I creep into Kathmandu in the small hours when only giant mountain dogs and stray donkeys roam the streets. After two nights at the wondrous Himalayan Traveller’s Inn, Thamel (http://www.himalayantravellersinn.com/), I creep out again in the dawn to fly to … Continued

To the Roof of the World: Everest Base Camp Trek #3

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I have just limped back from a visit to Everest – if you wonder why I have been so quiet this last fortnight. I will be posting about this at greater length in the next few days. I developed an … Continued

The wildlife seems to get wilder every day: Giant Echidnas & Other Strange Things

Yesterday afternoon on our walk two four legged critters crossed the track at speed and at a considerable distance such that I could not quite work out what they were. The only giveaway was the white spot I noticed on … Continued

Toughened Foam Flip Flop 30 grams:

This foam which is toughened on one side making it suitable for quieting and insulating concrete workshop floors makes a more durable foam flip-flop which also has some grip. You can cut it out in a minute with a pair … Continued

Cold Weather Hut Booties 36 grams:

I made two pairs of these (one also for my friend Steve Hutcheson who I am going with) for my upcoming Everest Base Camp and Three Passes Nepal Walk. They weigh 78 grams per pair (as you can see). They … Continued

No Sew Sandals 80 grams:

I made this pair as an experiment as I know there are lots of folk who don’t sew. This pair can be made with a pair of scissors, some blue hiking mat foam, a car inner tube, some Velcro and … Continued

Progress: it always seems more than it really is.

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The good news: I did eventually finish that fence; http://www.theultralighthiker.com/fencegarden/ and today I managed to plant a couple of dozen new fruit trees in the new orchard area…and the photos prove I am only half the man I once was! … Continued

Lever Action Shotguns (and rifles)

Have been available legally since the late C19th (along with bolt actions). Most folk go with a double barrels (most side-by-side but some under-and-over) because they are lighter, yet you can still get that second shot off quickly (or simultaneously) … Continued

Powerfilm USB +AA Solar Charger on Pack

With the batteries straight out of the storage drawer (so not quite charged) it happily charged my Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (1900 mAh battery) in this configuration at 1% a minute in dappled sunlight (cloudy Spring 20C day) yesterday. I … Continued

Everest Base Camp & Three Passes Trek #2

I am busy getting ready for this (and trying to finish some jobs around the farm) so posts have been rather light of late. I am a guest on this trip, so this is mostly Steve Hutcheson’s itinerary for the … Continued

Adding Down to a Sleeping Bag:

I have a Montbell Super Spiral Down Hugger #3 (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/montbell/) which will take me comfortably just below freezing (-1C) but on my upcoming Everest Base Camp and Three Passes hike it is likely to get down to maybe -14C (at … Continued

Ultralight Paddle:

If you have an ultralight packraft you will need an ultralight paddle. Our lightest weighs 409.5grams. It was an Alpacka ultralight model, now alas discontinued. They also used to sell ‘Ninja paddles’ which fitted on your hiking poles. (Perhaps check … Continued

Collecting Water:

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This is a great tip from JJMathes: ‘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 … Continued

Self-Threading Needles:

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You will notice that there are (amazingly) several kinds of self-threading needle you can use for repairs. I know the Calyxeye fits in a floss container as I have had mine there for over twenty years (and effected many repairs … Continued

Cold Weather Face Masks:

A life saver at 86 grams: I ordered one of these for my upcoming Everest Base Camp trek. It will keep my nose (& face) warm, a plus as this is one of the things that most bothers me about … Continued

The Frogs: The Sequel.

Every dam and waterhole around here is now fringed with frog spawn such as Tiny is investigating here. The frogs are still singing their musical choruses and charmingly I thought each is guarding his/her own patch of spawn. It is … Continued

Repurposing Camping Gear:

The rushes which prospered astonishingly during the drought I made quite satisfactorily dead a few weeks’ back. Yesterday seemed like a good day to wipe the hill of them for good. Since Milo and Merrin were visiting everyone got in … Continued

Gear Repairs: Tenacious Tape:

Many folks have long carried some duct tape for this purpose. I have carried cuben tape for many years http://www.theultralighthiker.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1797&action=edit . I can attest that it successfully repaired a Neoair pad which had been relentlessly chewed by a certain puppy, … Continued

How Green Is My Valley:

We are so fortunate to live in this beautiful part of the world. Everywhere you point a camera it is something like this. Just snapped this view of Yinnar and the Morwell River valley on the way back from our … Continued

Earthquake Sandals: Spare Shoes for River Crossings

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These new sandals/thongs look like the ‘go’ for folks wishing to have a spare pair of ‘shoes’ around camp, for river crossings or in case their hiking shoes die etc. Definitely on MY birthday list. At 4.2 oz each (120g) … Continued

‘My life was wide and wild, and who can know my heart? Everest Base Camp Trek #1

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There in that golden jungle I walk alone.’ Judith Wright, The Sisters. This might as well be TheUltralightHikers’ motto as we march forward into the evenings of our lives, ‘bowed but unbroken’. A young friend (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/a-friend-i-met-on-the-dusky-track-fiordland-nz/) has invited me to … Continued

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