Make Your Own Gangline!

I’m not sure if these meet competition requirements, but they’re fine for recreational use. It’s easy to make your own lines, once you get the hang of it and it really saves on the price of gear. Materials: 1/4″ X 5′ hollow braid poly rope. 2 per each lead, team or wheel segment. These are…

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Product Review-Kelty Gale (1999)

Product Review—Kelty Gale (1999) Product info: Model year: purchased in 1999 Torso sizes: One size (non adjustable) 16-18 Weight: 3.5 lbs Capacity: 3200-3500 in3 Fabric: 600D Kodra upper/1000D bottom Frame: Padded back panel w/ acetyl arch Manufacturer Website: www.kelty.com

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Make Your Own Neck Gaiter

This one is easy. Real easy. With a machine you can whip it together in less than 15 minutes. By hand is a touch longer. It’s a good project for little ones to help with, or if you’re still not too sure about your sewing skills. This was one of the first things I learned…

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Essential Gear for Backpacking

Formerly the 10 Essentials, now up to 15. 1. Map- A map of the area will let you know what type of terrain you will be travelling through. Study it before you go out. Make sure you know how to read it, especially if it is a topographic map. 2. Compass- Will help you know…

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Really Cool Dog Toys

These are toys that Lucy or Beau has decided they really enjoy. You can get them at most online or brick and mortar stores. I try to find something I’d have fun with if I were a dog or something that I’ll have fun using with the dogs. Safety is a big factor as well,…

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Kitchen Equipment

STOVE- Turbo270 by CampingGaz. Good stove, user freindly, (adjusts like my range at home), the shorter canister is more stable. Heats in a short time (3-4 min for 1L). Heavy at 9 ounces for the stove and 270 or 470g for the fuel canisters (Propane/Butane). $30 at Campmor

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Sleeping Gear

SLEEPING BAG- Coleman 15° Mummy Holofil insulation with nylon tafeta shell. Made for folks up to 6’2″, so I swim in it at 5’4″. This extra space gives me enough room to bring my dog in if need be. Box construction on the foot gives plenty of room for my big old feet. Also plenty…

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Footwear

SOCKS- Wigwam Husky Socks Okay socks but…. Feel like an athletic sock but are wool. Soft, dry, warm. Didn’t lose their loft. My feet didn’t get too sweaty or get a real “feety” smell like I got with my generic wool loop knit socks. They DO lose the stretch at the top quickly leaving you…

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Favorite Packs

2-3 DAY PACK- Kelty Gale Not a bad pack. Probably not for most ultralighters. Durable, good size (3500 cu in) but a tad heavy (3.5lbs). I’ve had it hold plenty of gear for a 3 day summer trip, but I feel you would be hard pressed to go over 5 even if you are using…

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My favorite old gear

Things I like that, despite their weight and lack of a ‘name’, I enjoy using. As I pare down the ounces on my pack many of these items have been relinquised to backyard usage for my nieces and nephew but I still like them for newbies. They’ve given me a lot of use and I…

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