Making the switch to a tarp didn't happen quickly for me, the thought of creepy crawlies walking all over me while I slept wasn't exactly alluring. Over the years I've slowly reduced the weight of my shelters, mostly tents and hammocks, but eventually I reached the point where tents and hammocks were holding me back from going lighter. I had been wanting to try a tarp for a long time, but needed a way to feel a little more protected from the multi-legged elements.
Hiking and Backpacking Maps You should take a map with you when you go off hiking or backpacking.
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A good portion of the United States was battered and bruised this past winter with nasty weather and lots of snow.
A dropspot is a kind of alternative mailbox. It’s a hiding place in a public space, where people can leave things for exchange.
There's no doubt that the ability to make and control fire was one of the greatest technological advancements of mankind after tool making. It was there for warmth, protection, cooking, hunting and even primitive agricultural techniques.
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Photo Credit: Vanlal. via Flickr with photographer's permission Some of the smartest, most sustainable engineering feats were discovered hundreds of years ago, and many have gone unacknowledged.
I make no secret of the fact that I’m a hardcore bibliophile, but we’re a common enough lot these day.
In some places the weight of a tent can be dispensed with by building shelters from natural materials.
Here is a free copy of my book Build your own yurt, written in 1995, It has been used by a great many people who have built their own yurts.
We’ve all done it, you come home from a long hike and dump your pack on the floor and just leave it there for awhile. You're too tired to empty out your pack now, you'll get to it later. Days pass by and when you open your water bottle up the destict aroma of “water bottle funk” fills the air.