Category Archives: Tips for the Backcountry

Mica Peak Trail


Nice smooth trail hike, double and single track trails, not far from Spokane. Views of the valley and Mt Spokane.

https://www.spokanecounty.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Mica-Peak-Conservation-Area-69

https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=47.57021,-117.08782&z=14&b=t&o=f16a%2Cr&n=1,0.25

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Setting up a Pyramid Tarp, Printable Directions


Pyramid SetUp

PDF on directions to set up Pyramid and to lash two trekking poles together with provided web straps to make tall tent pole.

Buy pyramids here.

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Nylon Thread Test, B69 vs Flat Overhand Knot


Two overhands rolled up again the third. Then the thread broke at the knot.

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Dyneema Thread Knot Test, The Flat Overhand Knot


Will 3 flat overhand knots in Dyneema thread stop a loop from untying under force?

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Make Your Own Backpacking Tarp Kits


DIY Kits for 5×8′, 9×9′ and 10×10′ ultralight tarps

How to Video Steps

1 Sew Reinforce Panel Tie Outs

2 Sew Tarp Center Seam, 1st Pass

3 Top Stitch Center Seam, 2nd Pass

4 Sew Reinforced Tie Out to Center of Tarp Along Seam

5 Sewing the hem and inserting reinforcements

6 Sewing on the webbing

 

 

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Neat Link on Making a Closed Cell Sleeping Pad into a Folding Version


Hot scoring foam to make a folding sleeping pad/pack frame.

 

 

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Climbing Protection, Weights of Passive vs Active


Old School cams (friends) matched with the same weight of passive pro. At least 1 of the passive nuts are similar in size to the cam opposite. In other words, you can double the size of your rack (if not the ease and speed of placement) with passive gear, especially tri-cams.

Cams vs nuts by weight

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Setting up a pyramid


Correct sequence for quick and easy Pyramid Tarp set up.

Zip and buckle door.

Stake out four corners in a perfect square.

unzip door and put up pole till fabric taut.

zipe and buckle door

add additional tie outs if needed for wind or snow.

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Tall tent pole from two trek poles and 3 straps


Three straps are included with the pyramid tarps. With these you can make a long pole for setting up a pyramid tarp using two trekking or ski poles. Using adjustable trekking poles makes the tarp pole adjustable too.

 

two poles 3 straps

Strap thru wrist loops

Layout other straps

Buckle and tighten center strap around poles

Tighten all straps

Place tip protector on pole end

Tip end to protect tent fabric

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Touring skins for skinny skis from old Telemark skins


Ever get the wax completely wrong when XC skiing? Or have to deal with breakable crust when touring?

Taking a beginner out and want them to have success on not so perfect snow or grooming?

I have a pair of old climbing skins from back when telemark skis were long and thin. By slitting them in

half and putting on new glue I have now two pair of skinny skins that will fit classic or skate skis.

After cutting I used a heat gun and a paint scraper to get the old glue off. Then put on new glue. Then I folded the front over 3 inches and insert  a  square ring of the right size to fit the ski tip (a loop of strong cord could also work in a pinch). The glue should hold it, but for extra safety a few stitches of thread made a nice backup.

Make some touring skins

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