Make Your Own Gear – Down Quilt or Sleeping Bag

Making a baffled down quilt is simple compared to making a baffled down sleeping bag. Both are described in this article, with the emphasis on the quilt.

MSR Hyperflow Microfilter with Modified Cartridge Review

The MSR Hyperflow was previously reviewed in 2008, and was found to be light and convenient for crystal clear water, but it died very quickly in any other water. MSR acknowledged this problem and modified the cartridge to handle poorer water quality. The modified cartridge is tested here to see if there is an improvement.

Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide – Deadly or not? Supplement 4: Jetboil Helios

Jetboil releases its first remote canister stove. Does this work well enough to be a good winter stove?

Make Your Own Gear: Light Fleece Pullover Top

This light fleece top is designed as a light winter pullover for snow conditions. It is very simple and styled as an anorak, rather than opening right down the front.

Essential Canister Stove Maintenance

There you are, way out in the wilderness in bad weather, getting ready for dinner, and your canister stove fails. Now what? Rescue in the field is possible for many problems: learn rescue how-to and the technical details of why it has happened.

Pitching a Tent in the Snow

Want to try tenting in the snow, but haven't done it before and not sure how? Haven't time in the evening to build a snow cave or an igloo just for one night? We walk you through the basics of what gear you need, how to choose a good site, how to create a platform, and how to pitch your tent (or a tarptent if you are brave).

Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide – Deadly or not? Supplement 3: Brunton Vapor AF

Measurements of carbon monoxide levels produced by the Brunton Vapor AF Stove.

GSI Outdoors nFORM Ultralight Nesting Bowl and Mug Set Review

Two nesting bowls, strong polypropylene, ~20 fluid ounces capacity each, about 1.5 ounces weight each and US$8.95 for the set: they can't be too bad!

Make Your Own Gear: Snow Stakes Revisited

After using the original snow stakes in extreme conditions, the design has been enhanced to extend the life of both your snow stakes and your guylines.

Make Your Own Gear: Silnylon Mountain Poncho

This silnylon mountain poncho covers both you and your pack against some of the worst weather, allows ease of movement on mixed terrain, and isn't prone to condensation.

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