Backpacking Gear

Sleeping in the great outdoors saves on hotel bills, but does require some backpacking gear. Selecting gear can be a tricky process when so many options exist. An overnight trip in a temperate forest is going to need very different choices compared to a through hike through snow. Usually the lighter the gear, the most expensive the materials, however, like many things, as the cost ramps up, the returns can diminish. There are also some great cheap ‘hacks’ for creating your own gear and using one piece of gear in multiple ways.

Gear Categories

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Ursack Bear Bag

These are an alternative to large bulky bear canisters is the Ursack bag and bags will cost you around $100 depending on the model. These tough-as-hell bags are relatively light weight and whilst larger than a compression bag, they are much less bulky than a canister. These bags are made (varies …

MSR Freelite 1

Review The MSR Freelite 1 is an ultralight 1 person solo tent. The MSR Freelite 1 weighs in at just 1 lbs 10 oz, or 0.74Kg and packs down to just 46 x 15 cm. Although the size and weight are small, the main body of the tent is completely …

Mount Tamanos Gear

Total Dry pack gear weight 21lbs. Excludes water, fuel and food. This is an overnight trip in September with temperatures dropping close to zero. Rain was expected.Full details GSI“>here. Wear/Hold (4.7lb excl. shoes) Phone OR Sunhat OR Sungloves Buff Sea to Summit insect shield Lip balm Suunto compass Bear bell …

Doughboys

The doughboy is a tasty trail treat. Not overly heavy to carry but fun to make and wonderful to eat. Ingredients – In a single zip-lock bag, add the following: 2 cups flour 1/3 cup powdered milk 3 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt When ready, gradually add water and …

Tent Stakes

Tent stakes or pegs (the UK name) often come with tents and occasionally with some other gear. In this case, the purchase is the tent, not the stakes and although the ‘free’ included stakes will be fit for some purpose, they are usually simple aluminum or steal wires bent to …

EagleNest Profly Tarp

Eagle Nest Outfitters ProFly Tarp Review Unlike simple square tarps, Eagle Nest Outfitters (ENO) have contoured, shaped and sized the ProFly tarp to go perfectly with their hammocks. In practice, it worked perfectly with the ENO Jungle Hammock. The tarp has a strong seam running along the ridge-line. Fixing hardware is …

Hang a hammock tarp

Tarps can be used above ground for a hammock, or on the ground like a tent. It is quite easy to hang a hammock tarp. Hang your hammock before you hang a hammock tarp. Essentially, there are 3 main steps.   Fix the ridge-line Some tarps have a reinforced ridge-line …

How to pick a tent

Tents are the most commonly used form of shelter on the trail and there are a number of things to consider when considering how to pick a tent that suits you. Size and shape. Clearly, your tent needs to fit all the occupants but also consider where your gear will …

Big Agnes UL1

Review The Big Agnes UL1 tent is an ultralight 1 person tent. At just 2.1 lbs, this is a fantastically light tent – especially since it is free standing. Only the small vestibule area (big enough for a pack and boots) needs to be secured by a stake (lightweight ones included), …

Mt Mitake and Mt Hinode

Mt Mitake and Mt Hinode are in Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, about 50Km west of Tokyo. It take around 2hrs to reach them from Shinjiku, on the Chuo and Ome lines to Mitake Station. I arrived at Mitake station at 2:30pm. Given the short December days, I had just about enough time …