I picked up a new 'backpack' this weekend

227 grams, without the two dinky water bottles it came with. It's going to be challenging to get a 3 day trek into this itty bitty waist bag. Warm weather trips only. My last weekend trek last fall, water became a problem, so this is probably a bit water-focused. I am making 2 leather pouches …

I tested my new sleeping bag last night

It didn't get as cold as I was expecting, so I ended up being overly warm for most of the night. I tried the new down bag inside a synthetic bag inside a bivy sack arrangement all on a thermorest pad. About 10 lbs for the sleeping set. I'd dug a snow-cave topped with a …

A couple of weeks ago I found a packable down jacket at walmart…

A couple of weeks ago I found a ''packable down jacket'' at walmart for $29. Couldn't really afford it, but couldn't really afford to not get it. Royal Falcon is the brand. I've found references on forums it's sold under a couple of names. 14oz even for the extra large. I've been using it as …

Exploring the weights of the gear I used last week in the back yard

I measured the weights after I packed it all up and am about to shove it into a backpack for storage. So the weights are of everything I used, and a little bit more in the case of the shelter 'kit'. I am not counting the weight of the shovel & long rope I ended …

I am just getting into backpacking and the concept of "Ultralight'

 I've done a lot of camping in the past, so I have all the heavy stuff. I've a limited budget, so most of my stuff is DIY or cheap bargain gear. I am currently getting a hammock setup. I've some photos of my mis-adventures in my back yard. In album Hammock Camping Tweaks I like …