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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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Tips for Camping in the Rain

While others may feel that raining during camping is a hassle, it’s actually not that bad. Sure, there are disadvantages every time it rains while you’re in the woods, but there are certainly a lot of great things that you can do when this happens. Here are some tips that you can apply when you…

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Curtis Differential Underquilt

Overview: The YouTube video provided will give full details but basically I constructed a rectangular Underquilt with a my own way of achieving a differential cut both length and width wise (I think both are helpful or even necessary) and a kinda prototype clew suspension although I can hang it with traditional incubator type suspension …

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Benefits of Slacklining

Slackline Benefits Researchers have found a range of benefits to slacklining, which is now spread all over the world: for your breathing, flexibility, posture and much more! Experiments and studies on the workings of the micro-muscles that control the movement of the body (known as core stability) have led to the inclusion of this discipline in the…

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Slacklining – How To Get Started

How to get started Don’t fret, just accept it: the first time that you get on a Slackline, you won’t manage to walk on it. It’s human nature to find yourself in an uncomfortable situation when the ground beneath your feet is not fixed and stable, but rather moving and shaking. As taut as the webbing…

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Let It Rain Cloakware Xenon Tarp

Let It Rain Cloakware Xenon Tarp Overview: DIY tarp using Dutchware Print2Fabric hex tarp in Cloakware pattern – special order Steps: Cut the pattern with some minor screw ups which forced me to change it to a cat cut tarp. Sewed the ridgeline together using a flat felled French Seam, then stitched the entire tarp…

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Choosing A Top For Your Hammock

          Take a look outside. You know there are two perfect trees out there somewhere, waiting for you and your hammock. Figure out how many vacation days you can take, mark off the weekends on your calendar, make a camping gear checklist, and get ready to reunite with the outdoors! Temperatures,…

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