Bing The Ultra Light Hiker

Ultralight Saws:

Particularly when track hiking (which I mostly avoid) I have found that I sometimes need to clear a small spot to erect my tent. Often the track times do not suit such retired folks as ourselves (and many other much … Continued

Firefly – The Ultimate Swiss Army Knife Accessory

Firefly is a tailor made fire starter for your Swiss Army Knife https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/740457940/firefly-the-ultimate-swiss-army-knife-accessory What is the Firefly? The Firefly is a custom sparking-steel fire starting tool designed to work seamlessly with a large variety of Swiss Army knives. The Firefly … Continued

Topo Terraventure Shoes:

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We bought a pair each of these remarkable shoes about six weeks ago. I guess we have by now worn them a few hundred kilometres including in our ascent of Mt Bartle Frere in Qld back on 1st September, and … Continued

1000th Post:

This is quite a milestone here at TheUltraLightHiker. I never imagined when I started this blog just over two years ago that I would be so loquacious, but there you go! There are over 5,000 pages about hiking and hunting … Continued

Sewn-free construction:

Or welded fabric construction. You too may not have encountered this newish method. My new shoes, the Topo Terraventure are made this way, and let me say they are excellent. There is not a seam in them to come undone … Continued

Mount Bartle Frere

We climbed this iconic peak back on 1st September. It is Qld’s highest mountain a little over 1600 metres situated just North of Innisfail approximately an hour South of Cairns. 1622 metres might not sound like much but you are … Continued

Trail Pea and Ham Soup:

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I am always thinking about ways to avoid depending on simple carbs on the trail (and get some veggies in there too) yet also have recipes which can be made up from products readily and cheaply available in supermarkets such … Continued

Ultralight Shorts: 28 grams:

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This is probably a problem all of us have faced at some time – what to wear when needing to wash our trail clothes (or go for a swim when there are others around). At just 28 grams, Luke Stegner … Continued

The Isthmus

We spent the afternoon poking around on the Wilsons Prom Isthmus, an area easily ignored as you roar down from Foster to the National Park, but in many ways it is scenically superior to the park itself. We had time … Continued

Ultralight Windscreen:

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And, here is the titanium windscreen to go with your esbit stove  – or maybe your egg-ring stove and your ultralight cookpot to complete your (60 gram) ultralight cookset. Windscreen: Weight: 0.5oz  (14g) Dimensions: 22 7/8″ (580mm) x 4 3/4″ … Continued

Ultralight Esbit Stove:

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In case you want an ultralight stove (including pot stand) to go with your ultralight pot you should try this mini titanium esbit stove which weighs a mere 11.5 grams. Esbit is the gram cracker’s fuel of choice containing more … Continued

MLD Supermid:

We have owned this excellent large tent for quite a few years now. We bought it for our cross-Tasmania walk in 2011 way down in the Roaring 40s, the often awful conditions of wind and rain of which it stood … Continued

Best Hunting Daypack:

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If your day or overnight hunting pack weighs more than 400 grams you are carrying too much. The pack below is a great option (in Wasabi Green would be my choice). Remember this: every unnecessary gram you carry makes it … Continued

Ultralight Cookpot:

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Mountain Laurel Designs’ Titanium Mug has to come close to winning the prize at 39 grams for a 475 ml mug which is at least sturdy enough to carry around without its crushing. I would recommend this for ultralight overnight … Continued

CRKT PDK Replacement Blades

Ultimate Blades for the Ultralight Hunter #2: You can buy #60 scalpel blades on eBay from US$23.95 per 100 (eg here) and you can change the blades on these CRKT PDKs with a locking forceps as shown (which weigh 24 … Continued

Ultralight Crockery

I have found it impossible to find a lighter serviceable dish than this one at 15 grams which comes free eg with a packet of Sirena Tuna & Rice. It holds just over 250 ml making it just big enough … Continued

Fire Umbrella:

How to prevent the rain from putting out your fire? I have been toying with this idea for some time. This week I decided to try out an ‘ultralight’ method. I constructed this 1 metre x 1 metre square of … Continued

Are You Beautiful in the Buff:

This will keep your nose warm at night! 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 … Continued

Some handy estimation tricks.

These will come in handy on the trail. Be patient…Pythagoras: This astonishing Pre-Socratic was a brilliant mind. I guess everyone knows his ‘Theorem” about right angle triangles. The saying below might not be quite so well known (or his enjoiner, … Continued

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