A Hands Free Umbrella:

What a good idea that would be, especially if you need to use both hands for trekking poles on rough or steep terrain. When the weather is really humid, you really need a roof to keep you dry (and warm). … Continued

60 DIY Ultralight Hiker Ideas:

I have been posting my DIY things for quite some time now. Thought you might like to see a collection of my ‘creations’.     Bathtub Groundsheet Chair Ultralight Poncho Tent Fun with Sticky Tape: Mylar Poncho: A Ball of … Continued

Bathtub Groundsheet Chair

As you can see I have completed the first prototype of this project which I have long threatened. I learned a lot in the process, so that there will be substantial changes between where it is at now and the … Continued

Leatherman Juice B2

Leatherman just keep coming up with entrancing products to separate us from our hard-earned. Here’s a nice example, the Leatherman Juice B2: ‘Sometimes, all you need is a knife. The Juice B2 has one serrated and one straight-edge knife made … Continued

Poncho Tent Update

Today my waterproof zippers arrived so I sewed them on (and they work a treat!) I also made up the small extra piece which can be used to close the tent up completely. This piece will weigh just less than … Continued

Black Diamond Storm Waterproof Headlamp

A year ago I thought this was the greatest head torch ever: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/let-there-be-light-great-new-head-torch/ Now, Black Diamond has a new model which blows it out of the water literally – being waterproof! Their new model boasts an incredible 350 lumens though … Continued

First Bag Your Omelet:

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Long ago I noticed that powdered eggs are once again available in Australia: Coles Supermarket, Cake aisle: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/hormel-real-bacon-pieces/) and that they would go well with the Hormel’s Bacon Pieces (Dehydrated). Powdered eggs are wonderfully nutritious: 5.5 calories per gram, and … Continued

Out of the Frying Pan:

How do you cook a fish (or some falafels: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/he-hiked-with-a-falafel-in-his-hand/) and what to cook them in – and with what? A larger frypan lid will still fit a smaller pot to keep the steam in, etc. Suppose you have the … Continued

The Dawn of Ultralight:

As you can see this pamphlet dates back to 1924 which gives some idea of how long people have been grappling with the idea of lightening their load on the trail: http://www.outdoors.org/articles/amc-outdoors/the-dawn-of-ultralight-backpacking/ The Whelen Forester Tents I talked about here http://www.theultralighthiker.com/col-townsend-whelens-forester-tent/ and here … Continued

Multiple Use:

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There is no doubt that one of the best ways to achieve ultralight hiking weight savings is if gear you carry serves several purposes. Thus for example,the Poncho tent I am working on (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/ultralight-poncho-tent/ and likewise the bathtub floor groundsheet/chair … Continued

Small is Beautiful:

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Tiny Containers: The search for small receptacles to stow various necessities is ongoing. My friend Meg loaned me these lovely aluminium ‘tins’ to evaluate. She uses them for some of her tiny art works such as her fabulous ear-rings & … Continued

Fire from a Can of Coke and a Chocolate Bar:

This is just about my favourite fire starting tip: It is surprising the out of the way places you can find a humble aluminium can and beleive it or not, you can polish the bottom brightly enough that it will … Continued

Adventures in Stoving

I really liked the title of this guy’s website, apart from the interesting information it contains. Two selections: the world’s smallest, lightest gas stove, and how to refill hiking gas canisters: World’s Lightest Gas Stove – 25 grams: You can … Continued

Weather Lore

An infallible weather forecast, if a change of weather is coming up: ‘Wind then rain. No pain. Rain then wind, stay in!’   In plain words this says that when rain comes first without wind then expect a long period … Continued

Anderson’s Inlet:

What a beautiful shallow bird-filled inlet where the splendid Tarwin River meets the Southern Ocean (Sth Gippsland Victoria). Having already walked from San Remo or Rye (Phillip Island) along the coast, you can now walk from Inverloch along the shoreline, … Continued

Lighter, Brighter, Better:

Three great new Maratac flashlights: Anodized Aluminium Tactical Personal Flood TPF AAA Light by Maratac 160 lumens – US$40.95 (June 2017). A 14-15 gram head torch which produces 160 lumens will be hard to beat! ‘The Maratac™ AAA Stainless Steel … Continued

Shoelace Reinvented:

I went to this site looking for a new pair of shoes. The Men’s Topo Terradventure has been recommended to me as a wide-fit ultralight shoe with superior grip and wear characteristics weighing 294 grams. I am keen to try … Continued

A Walk on the Wild Side

You can set off from Rye or San Remo (Phillip Island, Gippsland Victoria – public transport available) and walk all the way along the beach to Screw Creek, Inverloch. This comprises the beginning of the magical http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-great-gippsland-circuit/ which will be a hiking … Continued

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