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Black Winter Tarp

Overview: I made the winter tarp to be very similar to the Superfly tarp.  The tarp is a true 11’x10′ and has excellent coverage. Steps: I followed the steps from the Dutchware page. I also used some reference material from DIY gear supply about making tarps. Materials: 1.1 Xenon Wide Tarp material (Dutchware) Pack Material…

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DIY Ultralight Backpack Tutorial

In this video tutorial series TwoFoolsWalking will take us step by step on how to create an ultralight backpack! Be sure to check out the videos and images below for full details on how to make your very own backpack. PART 1 PART 2 PART 3

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Five Things to Remember When Making Your Own Outdoor Gear

Whether you’re a veteran backpacker or a newcomer on the trails, making your own outdoor gear is a rewarding, cost-effective way to meet your backpacking and camping needs. Starting a new activity, like do-it-yourself (DIY) camping gear, can be challenging at first. Embrace the opportunity to learn new skills, including how to use a sewing…

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Top Four Tips for Hiking With Dogs

Bringing your four-legged family member on a hiking, camping or backpacking trip makes for excellent company. But it’s essential to plan ahead to ensure you and your dog’s safety and comfort on your next outdoor adventure. Whether you’re planning a day hike or a multi-day camping vacation, you’ll want to take time to mentally and…

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Five Health Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

The great outdoors offer more than just beautiful scenery. Science shows that spending time outside produces a wide variety of health benefits. Whether you’re an experienced thru-hiker or a weekend backpacker, you’ve experienced the mental and physical boost that comes from good old-fashioned fresh air and exercise. And in the age of digital technology, finding…

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Three Ways to Lighten Your Backpacking Load

When you’re out on a backpacking trip, making sure you have everything you need is important in helping the trip go smoothly. But, no matter the length of the journey, it’s easy to overpack. While you’re planning the trip, especially if you’re still new to the activity, it can be hard to distinguish between what…

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First Aid Tips for Backpackers

There’s nothing quite like going outside, getting some exercise and just enjoying nature. Whether you have been backpacking for years or are still learning the basics, you know that feeling well. As a backpacker, you also know how important it is to be safe every time you go out. From packing all of the right…

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All About Zippers

When you make your own camping or backpacking equipment, you have the advantage of making something that best fits your unique needs. When you buy something from the store, it may not do everything you need it to, or it may have extras you don’t need. Making your own equipment, like a camping hammock with…

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Fabric Studio Overview

  Click here to design your own fabric Fabric Studio Details   A. Design Preview The design preview is where you can see all the detail of what your print will look like. B. Zoom Use the zoom to see what your design will look like when full scale. For example: 100% zoom will be…

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Backpacking Gear List for Beginners

Getting into any new activity or hobby means you have to get through a learning curve. Whether it’s learning the basic skills necessary to do it or picking up the right gear and equipment, it may take a little bit to get through this period. Backpacking is a great activity because almost anyone can do…

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Hiking Safety Tips

It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or you’ve recently gotten into hiking — you have to do what you need to do to stay safe. Below are some important hiking safety tips to keep in mind every time you go out. Whether you’re taking a day trip or a multi-day excursion, these four safety…

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Beginner’s Guide To Choosing The Right Hammock

Hammocks have an incredible history. Native people in Central and South America created hammocks to help them stay cool while they slept in the hot, humid environment. In the Galapagos, people slept in “hamacas” woven from tree bark and later from cloth. The hammock allowedair to circulate beneath sleepers and carry heat away. Secondly, the hammock suspended its user above…

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