[20 Mar 2013 | No Comment | 51,977 views]
Tiny Battery Bank Chargers For Your Smartphone

The benefits and options for taking your smartphone on the trail with you have really exploded over the last 2 years. A good smartphone can replace your map, trail guide, camera, books, emergency calls, weather forecast, pedometer… and so on. But they tend to use up battery power fast, and keeping it charged on long-distance trails can be challenging. Fortunately these days backup batteries are coming in ridiculously small sizes and plug right in through USB. You could pack a few sticks into your backpack and keep using it for all the essentials.

This one has a high quality Samsung battery and retails at around $30 with tons of glowing reviews…

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[25 Feb 2011 | 4 Comments | 11,384 views]
Convert Your Cape Into a Shelter!

The Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape/Shelter is surprisingly roomy, with 35 square feet of coverage under the shelter’s canopy, you’ve got plenty of room for you and your gear. It packs down incredibly small and provides piece of mind knowing you’ve got excellent protection from rain wind and snow close at hand. And I love reusing gear for multiple uses.
Features:

3 Seasons
only 11oz without stakes and pole, or reuse your hiking pole!
New Micro buckles connect harness to cape for easy installation and removal.
Full 360 Degree protection when set up as a …

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[24 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 4,487 views]
1oz. Backpacking Spice Kit

I like to cook, and I like to hike, so naturally I like to cook while I hike. In order to make some interesting and tasty meals on the trail, I put together a small spice kit. I decided to make my own kit mainly because I could not find anything i liked available commercially. That and it was super easy and cheep to do.

instructions on instructables.com

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[13 Jun 2009 | 4 Comments | 55,021 views]
Hennessy Hammocks

Patent-pending integral ridgeline maintains the same comfortable shape to keep your back straight and level when resting on the diagonal[/caption]
Many thru-hikers swear by the Hennessy Hammocks and will never go back to a tent.
I’ve been scouring forums and heard great things about their comfort, especially for hikers recovering from injury, arthritis or shin splints. This is because they have a patented asymmetric shape that claims to properly support the back. Many hikers who’ve used them say they are far more comfortable than any other hiking mattress.
I’m seriously considering getting …

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[12 Jun 2009 | No Comment | 3,976 views]
The LG 3G Watch Phone

check out the video!

The world’s smallest, fully-functioning phone with a standby time of 250 hours. I’ve wanted one of these to be invented ever since I’ve dreamed of doing tricks on a hoverboard! The main nifty feature for an ultralight hiker is the wearable aspect and convenience of having a phone when in town. It would be sweet if it came with a tiny wall-charger…

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[24 May 2009 | No Comment | 6,300 views]
Snow Peak LiteMax – the world’s lightest canister stove

National Geographic Adventure 2009 Award Winner
Teeny tiny, compact and easy to use! Weighing in at 1.9 ounces (without the fuel cannister) the Snow Peak LiteMax is the ideal stove for all you minimalists.
The  Snow Peak LiteMax is compatible with most self-sealing cannister fuel making this stove an ideal companion for global travel. The cannister fits inside my small cook pot with the Snow Peak LiteMax. It lacks a wind screen so plan ahead for windy weather by making a windscreen out of wire and tinfoil.
Other features:

Stove is simple to operate, with …

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