Cable Ties & Leatherdos Hair Clip

Cable ties are just great…so many uses: http://topclosure.com/ Incidentally, have you tried handcuffing yourself with one to see whether you really can get the wretched thing off? They are not so chewable, let me tell you! Always lots of fun (& … Continued

Lightweight Shelters

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Baggage: Most folks (seem to) like nothing better than lugging vast chunks of stuff around. They require huge boxes (buildings) to cram it into, and huge wheeled thingummies to cart it all around in, all of which usually means they … Continued

How to avoid being wet & cold while camping.

Two reasons some people don’t like camping: it is wet AND cold, and uncomfortable. This does not have to be. A properly positioned tarp and a fire will take care of the former: the usual 1m tall hiking tent which … Continued

An excellent one person tent.

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This looks like an excellent one person tent: http://www.trekkertent.com/home/home/3-stealth.html A 1 person, 3 season tent weighing from 570 grams (20 oz) Available in Green 40D silnylon or Green 20D silpoly Foot panel door/vent option Bathtub height increased to 125mm (5″) Side panel tie-outs … Continued

Survival Shelter: Escape Bivy

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You would think Himalayan trekkers would all carry something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al4UUSAd5yQ ‘Live and learn or you won’t live long’! http://www.lifesystems.co.uk/products/outdoor-survival/4-person-survival-shelter.html I am taking the two person model (350 grams) to EBC in November 2016. The new breathable ‘Escape Bivy’ … Continued

An Open Shelter

We always camp in an open shelter (something like this) with an open fire out the front. SO warm and cozy even on cold, wet days. This shelter is very easy to make. It consists of a square of Tyvek … Continued

Our New Lightweight Tent

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Our new TENT (A father’s day present!) z-pack’s hexamid solo plus tarp (http://www.zpacks.com/shelter/hexamid_plus.shtml = 176 grams) mated with their double poncho/groundsheet (http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/groundsheet_poncho.shtml = 173 grams), Total 349 grams plus guys and pegs and carbon fibre  pole (57 grams) if not … Continued

Astonishing Hiking Equipment by Zpacks

These two young people make some astonishing hiking equipment, including fully functioning packs (http://www.zpacks.com/backpacks/blast.shtml) from 255 grams (Della & I both walked across Tasmania carrying one of these), This 2 person ‘tent’ (http://www.zpacks.com/shelter/hexamid_plus.shtml) from 133 grams, this double groundsheet/poncho combo … Continued

World Travel Kit

When my son was planning to go backpacking overseas I made this list of essential items for him to have in his pack. A useful list for anyone who is interested in ultralight backpacking. ———– You need to start ordering around six … Continued