Making your own tent will challenge your ingenuity, but it gives you total control over your shelter. The process can be simplified with this step-by-step guide for making your own lightweight tent.
Make Your Own Gear (MYOG)
General instructional techniques that can be applied across a broad scope of project types; also specific projects using lightweight materials and designs, from start to finish. Projects include plans and patterns, step by step instructions, detailed photographs and/or diagrams throughout the process, and a discussion of design principles and applicability of the item in a lightweight kit. Projects usually include detailed instructions for sourcing, manufacturing, and finishing homemade backpacking gear.
In the winter, depending on snow conditions a fully-enclosed shelter can be preferred in which case a hanging stove system will still allow you to cook from the comfort of your shelter.
The quest for the best ultralight stove continues…and it depends on how you define the “best”. What the Candle stove lacks in for speed it certainly makes up for in efficiency.
Make your own lightweight and effective side pockets for HMG porter.
MYOG: A pack that weighs less than a pound, carries 30 pounds while transferring load to the hips, and is ideal for multi-day ultralight expeditions.
Weighing about the equivalent of half an ounce (16 M&M’s) this knife has a 2.75 inch blade that easily guts fish and small game. Better yet it self-sharpens.
Making your own gear is a frustrating and expensive yet very rewarding process. Making your own pack allows you to tailor it to your needs and is a fantastic way to learn about gear.
Vaseline fire starters are a very versatile tool and can light a fire in almost any weather condition. Better yet, you can make them from very inexpensive materials from the comfort of your own home.
Ultralight packs are great for your back, but for strapping outdoor gear onto your pack a frame is nice. Lightweight frames are hard to come by. The solution: make your own.
Overpacking is a major issue with frameless packs. Implementing side panels can help distribute your load in a more effective way.
Step by step guide to simple, lightweight, inexpensive trekking pants.
MYOGers rejoice! SketchUp software, once mastered, can save you hours of guesswork and yards of material.