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How to Make a Backpacking Pillow

DIY instructions to make your own lightweight backpacking pillow. Project Overview Skill Level Estimated Time Estimated Cost Beginner 30 to 60 minutes $ Materials and Tools Materials Needed: Tools Needed: 14″x18″ ARGON 67 or ARGON 90 Sewing Machine ~55 Grams of Climashield or other fill Scissors 4″ of 1/2″ Grosgrain Ruler/Tape Measure Thread of your…

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How to Design & Make an Ultralight Shelter/Tarp

This project was made available by TwoFoolsWalking. Be sure to check out their Youtube channel and other articles we have here.

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Thru-Hiking for Beginners: Your Ultimate Mileage Cheat Sheet

The Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail make up the “Triple Crown” of thru-hiking. As a first-time thru-hiker, it can be overwhelming to think about completing a 2,000-mile or 3,000-mile hike. How many miles should you hike each day? The key to thru-hiking for beginners is to pace yourself. During…

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Tips and Tricks for Advanced Slackliners

You’ve mastered balance, built muscle memory and have a year or more of slacklining under your belt. You’ve experienced the many benefits of slacklining, like body awareness, flexibility, posture and core strength. It’s time to take your slacklining practice to the next level. Here are a few tips and tricks to elevate your advanced slacklining…

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The Benefits of Sleeping in a Hammock

Camping is one of the best ways to truly appreciate the beauty and serenity of the great outdoors. Laying under the stars surrounded by the sounds of nature is the perfect way to fall asleep. As any adventure enthusiast knows, getting a comfortable night’s rest can be difficult without the right backpacking and camping materials.…

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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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