October 1, 2013

Last fall George from Anti Gravity Gear sent me a few packs of Utility Flame to check out. This product was once known as Pyropac Gel which seemed to be more popular amongst preparadness folks and has since shown up at the Outdoor Retailer show under the new branding, thus getting some attention from hikers, backpackers, and so on. Here’s…

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July 5, 2013

Maintenance is one of those things that’s convenient to put out of mind. Consumer goods these days are built and priced to be thrown away when they break; it’s a sad reality. I’m anti-toss-it-and-get-a-new-one, and luckily there are a good number of products still around that can be still be serviced and kept in good working condition, backpacking stoves being…

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January 28, 2013

Back in 2011 I shared some thoughts on first aid for backpacking along with the kit that I carry. This kit is designed for ‘typical’ backpacking trips where treating minor injuries and discomfort can be common. It’s not really for the folks with WFA or WFR certs who may elect, or even feel a responsibility to carry items to treat…

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December 12, 2012

Do you suffer from soup and coffee stains on your down parka? Does your down bag give off an ominous scent sure to repel ill-tempered Sasquatch? Friend, you have suffered the trail funk long enough; it’s time to do something about it! In this post I’ll show you step by step how you can WYO (Wash Your Own) down gear.…

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October 14, 2011

When it comes to safety your Mom would say “you can never be too safe!”. Mom is always right of course. So, you can run over to the local outdoor sporting goods store and buy a pre-packaged medical kit, or you can build your own which is what we’re going to talk about today. What should I have in my…

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June 24, 2011

When you’ve gotta go, you gotta go! Let’s face it, packing out your waste is clearly the best way to minimize the impact of going potty outdoors; however, provided the choice not everyone will opt to portage their poop and let mother nature deal with it instead. We’re not here to judge but if you’re going to be pooping in…

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