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DutchWare Hiking Tips

10 Hiking Hacks for Beginners and Experts Alike

Whether you’re planning your first hiking expedition or have been exploring the outdoors for decades, the same truth applies: There’s always something new to learn. No matter your level of experience, hiking is more than a hobby. It’s a sport that requires preparedness, perseverance, and an open mind. Apply these 10 hiking hacks for your…

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Dutchware® Provides Contract Services for Sewing, Laser Cutting, Custom Printing & More

After many years of providing wholesale materials, reliable services and expertise to businesses, DutchWare® is adding new capabilities to provide high-quality contract services for sewing, laser cutting, custom printing, and more. As a trusted supplier of innovative, high-quality products and materials for outdoor enthusiasts, we’re known for our attention to subtle details that ensure every item…

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hiking conversation topics

Nine Conversation Topics for Your Next Long Hike

Long hikes can be a fantastic way to connect with friends or family. There’s just something about the fresh air, physical endurance, and scenery that inspires memory making and unfiltered communication. If you’re searching for a way to make the most of your next long hike, try these nine conversation topics that cover the gamut…

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mountain hiking

How to Mend the Most Common Hiking Injuries

Whether you’re on the trail or completely off the grid, there’s always the potential for something to go wrong. Even the smallest cuts or scrapes can be irritating and painful when you’re in the backcountry and have a long trek home to get off your feet. In this post, we’ll offer some insight into the…

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Compression Stuff Sack

Project Overview Skill Level Estimated Time Intermediate 2-3 hours Materials and Tools Materials Needed: Tools Needed: 1 Yard 300D Sewing Machine 15″ Dutch Cord Scissors 1 – Mini Cord Lock Ruler/Tape Measure 4 – Linelock 3’s Marker or Chalk 4 – 1/2″ Beastee Dee’s 64″ reflective cord 40″ x 1/2″ Grosgrain Thread of your choice…

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Camping With Your K-9: What To Bring

Article Written by LA Police Gear “What should I bring when camping with my dog” is a common question that many pet owners who camp ask. Every camper’s list may include slightly different things based on your dog’s needs, but certain items should be on every pet owner’s list. These things will help you have…

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Pack Back

Project Overview Skill Level Estimated Time Beginner 45 – 60 minutes Materials and Tools Materials Needed: Tools Needed: 1/2 Yard Mesh Sewing Machine 4 1/2 yards shock cord Scissors 2 – Mini Cord Locks Ruler/Tape Measure 4 Attachable Cord Locks Marker or Chalk 4 Hook Cord Ends 4 Easy Grip Cord Ends 2 Yards 1…

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Rain Mitts

Project Overview Skill Level Estimated Time Beginner 30- 40 minutes Materials and Tools Materials Needed: Tools Needed: 1/2 yard of one of the following:XenonHelionDyneema composite Sewing Machine 1 yard Dutch Cord Scissors 1 yard shock cord Ruler/Tape Measure 2– Mini Cord Locks Marker or Chalk Thread of your choice Pattern Components 2 cut mitten pieces…

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Junk Trunk

Project Overview Skill Level Estimated Time Advanced 3-4 hours Materials and Tools Materials Needed: Tools Needed: 1/2 yard liteskin Sewing Machine 10″ x 10 ” mesh Scissors 3 zipper pulls Ruler/Tape Measure 21″ waterproof zipper Marker or Chalk 10″ zipper 2 Beam pullers 1 mitten hook 6 3/4″ x 1/2″ grosgrain Thread of your choice…

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Seven Tips for Frugally Backpacking Across the World

International travel is a lifelong dream for many of us. We have a deeply held desire to see the world, experience new cultures, and glimpse some of the most gloriously beautiful sights with our own eyes. Travel comes with a price tag that can intimidate many from pursuing this dream — but there are plenty…

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journal prompts

Five Travel Journal Prompts That Will Help You Savor Your Backpacking Experience

Backpacking is a uniquely invigorating way to reconnect with nature — and with yourself. Those who wander the trail for a time often find themselves able to think more clearly when freed from the noise of their normal, busy home lives. Whether you’re backpacking solo or with others, something about the fresh air and physical…

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Seven Games That Will Make Hiking Fun for Kids

Hiking with kids can be a world of fun, as they have a tendency to delight in unexpected things and bring a new sense of perspective and wonder to any trek. However, there may also be times when little legs are tired, and they’ve had enough. In those moments, you might need a little creativity…

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