After trying several commercial backpacks, I made my own DIY ultralight backpack so I could have the features I like.
Skills & Techniques
Learn the "howto" of lightweight backpacking with these tips, tricks, gear lists, and comprehensive skill guides.
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In Part 1, Roger Caffin explores the theory behind using a vortex burner as a solution for an ultralight winter DIY backpacking stove system.
The Snuffle Flask is a lightweight fuel dispenser that works with any alcohol stove. Learn how to make one from items in your home.
This series explores the use of a Backpacking Wood Stove for warmth in the winter. Part 4 covers using the Micro Snow Stove in the field.
This series explores the use of a Backpacking Wood Stove for warmth in the winter. Part 3 covers using the Micro Snow Stove.
Some backpackers require specialized trail food. Others simply want to target a specific dietary preference. Learning how to make your own lightweight backpacking food is a valuable skill, and perhaps, easier than you think.
The author presents manageable solutions to improve performance of the Nigor Didis 2 Tunnel Tent using an MYOG / DIY approach that can be applied to any tent.
Ultralight Backpacking: Core Principles is a 13-minute video screencast presentation that provides a critical foundation for efficiently becoming a skilled ultralight backpacker. The core principles presented herein should be considered wherever you are in your journey on lightening up, and are as applicable to me even today, after decades of “working on my pack weight”, as they were to me more than 25 years ago when I started this journey.
Tunnel tents are known for their robust frames and thriving in inclement weather. Does this tent from outdoor industry newcomer Nigor uphold to these standards?
A simple design makes this one of the easiest MYOG projects we’ve published. The result is a lightweight, compact pot stand for your alcohol stove.
The author presents a method to make your own ultralight, carbon fiber trekking poles.
Limiting the number of decisions, and keeping all your gear in one area are the major steps to simplifying your short backpacking trips.