Replacing Gear ­– Part One

Replacing gear can sometimes be a daunting task with many hours of internet research; trips to the local outfitter and reading gear reviews…it can be down right stressful. Then there’s the gear that is purchased under an impulse decision, I’ll talk about that in Part 2.

The most obvious reason for replacing gear is, it is worn out from years of use and the many trail miles. A few of the most likely reasons someone replaces gear is, it is no longer the coolest, it’s no longer the lightest, it isn’t the latest and greatest or possibly you’re suffering from Hiking Pal Peer Pressure Syndrome HPPPS. I’ll admit to being guilty to one or more of these reasons. Continue reading

DIY — Waterspout

Recently I saw this waterspout tip floating around on Facebook, it’s from my old blog a few years back.

WaterFilling your water container can be difficult when there isn’t enough clearance for you to get the edge of the container under the flow?  When water levels are low the flow doesn’t always shoot out far enough to catch the water, it rolls around the contour of the rock making it nearly impossible to fill a bottle or bladder. Altering the flow is an easy fix by using the windscreen from your cook kit; or anything flat that won’t absorb water will work, even a broad leaf.

Information presented in this blog is based on personal experience, personal research and personal opinion and in no way is it meant to be represented as what will work for everyone, your results may vary.

Water Bags — They Don’t Last Forever

BladderManI’ve had the same Nalgene wide mouth 1.5-liter soft-sided cantene since 2009, I have no idea how many trips it has gone on or how liters of water it has carried. I like the wide mouth bag during the winter for faster fill ups and I can stand it on the lid so the water doesn’t freeze around the mouth. I’ve used small mouth soft bags like Platypus and Evernew, lighter, but I go back to the wide mouth version for faster fill ups…I guess I don’t like squatting next to water and waiting for a fill up. Continue reading