Trowel Tent Peg

Many folks carry a trowel such as the (Suluk, Gossamer Gear or Vargo models below) for hygiene, to construct drain lines around their tent or as a survival water source digging tool. Another good use they can be put to … Continued

Happy Birthday Ultralight Hiker

My blog is two years old today. Many thanks to my daughter, Merrin for helping create and maintain it, and to my many readers and supporters for enjoying it. There are now 924 posts here, & probably 10,000 pages, so … Continued

Hunting Thumbtack Reflectors:

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Thumbtack reflectors such as ‘Fire Tacks’ are a great way to mark any route you may need to travel after dark – eg after sitting up over a wallow or game trail for a sambar deer until the light fades … Continued

How Long Till Sundown?

Here is another neat trick. If you hold your hand out at arm’s length, the width of your fingers approximates to 15 minutes. You can use this to judge how long it is till sundown (and remember you have approx … Continued

‘Man is the Measure of All Things’ (Pythagoras) Some handy estimation tricks.

This astonishing Pre-Socratic was a brilliant mind. I guess everyone knows his ‘Theorem” about right angle triangles. The saying above might not be quite so well known (or his enjoiner, ‘Eschew beans’! I think I know why!), but we can … Continued

Epirbs are not Taxi Hailers:

Lots of people are misusing these tiny devices. I guess because they are (relatively) cheap, but really if you want to spend time in the wilds, spend some money to get a decent communication system eg either a satellite messenger … Continued

Ultralight Ultra-Sharp Knives 3 Grams:

Ceramic knives are sharper than metal ones and their edge can last 10 times longer. They can also be lighter. I have been thinking that this ‘ceramic escape knife’ would fit well in an ultralight fishing kit such as this: … Continued

Wings and Water:

My favourite airline operates out of Te Anau Fiordland, New Zealand:  http://www.wingsandwater.co.nz/ I have flown in to or back from Supper Cove a number of times, so I have a collection of snaps which will maybe whet your appetite to … Continued

Hiking Crayfish Bisque

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First catch your crayfish…Once again here’s a delicious soup to cook in the wild after you have been doing a spot of fishing. Naturally it uses only dried, concentrated and lightweight ingredients. I based it on a traditional bisque recipe … Continued

Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats:

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Vargo has this lighter traction device for snow and ice slippery clay, etc:  They weigh 2.3 oz 66 grams nearly 1/3rd the weight of the competition so they might find a place in yoiur pack if you are going somewhere … Continued

Dude I want that:

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Dude I want that… Indeed! This is not strictly ‘ultralight’, but I just thought you might nonetheless like this amazing gift site -at least the ‘outdoors’ section. If you have perhaps become jaded by the pedestrian offerings of your local … Continued

The Ultralight Fisherman

Today is using a 1 oz (30 gram – including a selection of flies and leaders) hand line made from a 100 ml plastic ‘spice’  bottle which easily and accurately casts 30 – 40 metres – as you can see! … Continued

Steve’s Ultralight Fish Chowder

Following my post about Hand Line Fly Fishing I have had several requests for the Hiking Fish Chowder recipe so that I had to make it for lunch, and it was excellent. I doubt you have had a better hiking … Continued

From Dawn to Dusky # 8

Upper Spey to West Arm is somewhere between 4 and 6 hours, nearer six for me these days. There have been a number of contradictory signs over the years. As the last hour or so is on a hard gravel … Continued

Jelly, The Smallest 4G Smartphone

This is a neat little phone – fits in your fob pocket, but has all the functionality of your regular smart phone. Only 60 grams, less than $100. It would be excellent for ultralight hiking. You might also consider it … Continued

From Dawn to Dusky #7

You have a big climb and descent today: over a kilometre up and then down again from the Kintail Hut to the Upper Spey Hut. You don’t have to worry. Though it takes me longer now, I did this section … Continued

From Dawn to Dusky #6

Loch Marie to Kintail is another long section much like coming up from Supper Cove. It takes me 7-8 hours, but I am not a racer. Much of the trip is walking along pleasant river flats. Some of the clearings … Continued

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