Category Archives: Testing

Gaia GPS App vs Garmin GPS

I’ll start with a disclaimer: I believe you should first have and know how to use a map and compass when backcountry hiking. The advantage of a map and compass is that it never needs batteries, works anywhere, and is … Continue reading

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My first DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Project – A hammock stand!

After reading about a portable and easy to make hammock stand, I finally decided to make one. There are several threads about this on – the original thread is here: There are many other threads that incorporate different … Continue reading

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My $6 DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Warbonnet Superfly Tarp (over the ridgeline) pole modification

After seeing the pole mods on the Superfly, I decided I wanted one. I decided on the pole modification that went over the ridgeline and did not require any sewing. There are several companies that produce these, but I didn’t … Continue reading

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I survived the cold! Testing gear in the back yard.

I survived the night!   The weather on the phone said 7 degrees,  my Accurate on the ridgeline had a low of 12 with wind gust up to 30 mph. It’s my personal best either way. I used my Superfly, 20 … Continue reading

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My new favorite “Free” Stove

I have several stoves that I use and enjoy, but most of my backpacking “cooking” is boiling water for coffee or dehydrated meals. My canister stove is great for trips with several people where we are able to share the stove. … Continue reading

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My Sawyer Squeeze Holder/fill scoop

I LOVE my Sawyer Squeeze filter but I have two issues. First, I’m afraid I’m going to leave a part somewhere and second, the bag is a pain to fill. I actually saw something similiar to this SOMEWHERE but now … Continue reading

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Demonstration of color absorption as you descend underwater

I finally did it!  After several attempts, I made a video today demonstrating the depth at which different colors are absorbed by water.  I only went to 60 ft, but the effect is shown.   Check it out here:  

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