Equipment

Seamless Tyvek Tipi

How big a tipi can you make in a single piece out of a 3 metre (10’) wide roll of Tyvek? I began this project as I want to take one in and leave it in a canoe drum along with a small wood heater to warm it on winter nights at ‘our’ new ‘hidden …

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The Ultimate Camp Shoe

Just like practically everyone I guess I had an ad from the ‘hellosunny’ shop (see below) for Waterproof Shoe Covers. I had spent a lot of time on this idea before coming up with my own 13 gram DIY version (https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2017/04/14/19-gram-dyneema-camp-shoes/) which have proven very serviceable and durable on many trips now. I guess that …

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Extempore Hiking Poles

You can use Pipe Insulation to make extempore hiking poles or tent poles when you are in the bush. The piece shown weighs 5 grams. It certainly saves you carrying hiking poles when you don’t need them. When you do you can cut them to length with this 28 gram DIY ultralight saw. If you …

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Winter Tent Stoves

A blast of Antarctic air is coming through Victoria in the next week so that it might be time to consider how to warm your tent. This great company Titanium Goat have extremely lightweight titanium stove (heaters), stove pipes, stove accessories, and a tent boot you can sew into an existing tent to vent your …

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Thermarest Lite Seat

I recently bought one of these for Della for canoeing (weight saving is still relevant if you might have to portage). Her glutes are a bit underwhelming so she gets a very sore behind after a few hours paddling. She was using Klymit’s Ultralight Pillow (which is an excellent sleeping pillow) but it was not …

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A Crowning Achievement

I just saw the Granite Gear, the Crown X60 (ie 60 litre) pack on Massdrop for US$120 which has to be very good value for such a robust award winning hiking pack. As I already have $50 credit from folks whom I have recommended who have joined, it is hard to pass up. Perhaps for …

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Cheap Comfy Hiking Pillow

I was after a couple of cheap light weight pillows for another project (more about that later), so I sourced two of these on eBay for less than A$20 delivered (the pair). These pillows are approximately 18” x 12’ x 4” (45 x 30 x 10 cm) and weigh 100 grams.They have a delightful soft, …

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Stop Losing Your Pillow

Does your pillow creep away from you during the night – or do you sometimes lose it altogether in the dark? I know I do. Here is a method of preventing that for a weight penalty of 1-2 grams. Well worth it. i think it is self-explanatory. I have just tied a piece of 1 …

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Lightest Hiking Garment

I am a big fan of Montbell gear. Their new Ex Light Wind Vest comes in at a mere 37 grams. Pair this with these 28 gram shorts for an extremely light dry change (65 grams) eg when you are doing the washing. I usually wear a vest of some sort most days as I …

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Hunt 22:

World’s Smallest, Lightest Torch – 6 Grams: ‘At barely 1″ in length…you wouldn’t expect this torch to be able to do much. You’d be wrong. This multi-purpose flashlight is made with a titanium body and UV LED rated for a lifetime of use and guaranteed to be iceproof, smashproof, waterproof, and fireproof. UK25 (Apr 2019) …

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Telstra’s Go Repeaters:

Your mobile connectivity problems solved. We have had two different Telstra repeaters over the years: a mobile CDMA version and a 3G home version. Where we live the mobile service does not work at all without an external antenna (See this post which is a bit out of date now these new 4G antennae are available). …

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Neat Feat

  Sore feet will sure slow you down. You need to take good care of them. Before I started using this stuff I had cracked heels which were often very painful and would bleed. After a couple of weeks’ use I had heels (feet) like a baby’s. I use it every day now and have …

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Safe Pain Relief

My spinal surgeon recommended I try this (for my back and knee pain): P.E.A. (Palmitoylethanolamide). It is a naturally occurring fatty acid which works as a pain killer and anti-inflammatory. The daily dose she recommended was 1200 milligrams, easing to 600 after it had taken effect (a couple of weeks). You can view some case …

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Closed Cell Foam Pad  Reinvented

Nemo Equipment have ‘reinvented’ the closed cell foam pad. Agreed, it is bulky Well possibly even bulkier – at least than an inflatable) but their new 2 cm thick ‘Switchback’ pad promises much greater comfort still with a very acceptable weight (293 grams in 51″ length and 415 in 72″) and greater durability without the …

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A Snippet in Time

SOG have a very nice little multi tool in competition with the Leatherman Micra, the ‘Snippet’. ‘Not every situation warrants a large, full-featured multi-tool. Sometimes you need something that will fit on a key chain, or even disappear into your pocket. For times like that, we have Snippet. A tool designed to help with quick …

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Lightest Cheapest Powerbank

Lightest cheapest power banks. From 24 grams as pictured, They double as chargers for 18650 batteries . I recommend (eg genuine) Panasonic NCR18650B 3.6V 3400mAh (flat top) 6.7 amp discharge capacity. These batteries weigh a bit over 40 grams each, so the single bank pictured is 71 grams and the four battery version is 245 …

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Xionel: Cheap Flexible Solar

I am looking for a way to efficiently charge a Mavik Pro drone battery in the field multiple times. I plan to take mine ‘hunting’ with me so I can get some really good aerial footage of sambar deer.  Obviously I will not be using it to help me kill a deer. Clearly I will …

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510 Gram 2 Person Double Walled Framed Tent

Not so long ago people thought this was impossible. I have been complaining for years that hiking manufacturers could not get their heads around making their products seriously light, so I have been making my own (such as this and this). Now, Big Agnes have made one for those of you who cannot do so …

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Suppose you had just one pot

What pot would it be? I have previously suggested this Vargo 450 ml pot at 62 grams for an overnight camp or for emergencies. It is an excellent mug (though lidless) with a wonderful cool lip – so you don’t burn yours!  but it would never do for a longer trip. I have pointed out …

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A truly ultralight tool kit:

I will probably stick to carrying a backpack (or a few things in my pockets) for now, but I can imagine being in a situation where such a device as this would be handy. The novel ‘Papillon’ introduced me to the concept (of a ‘charger’) but I’m sure people who have spent any amount of …

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