December 12, 2014 · 8:29 pm
Winter Thickness of 1/2″ (1.3mm)
Closed Cell Foam Waterproof to a Hydrostatic Head of 3500 mm.
Will not go flat if punctured.
One of the lightest options for your PCT thru hike.
Add it to your summer pad for a winter trip.
R value of 2.
Without dimples or ridges that collect snow in your snow shelter or rain under your tarp and soak your sleeping bag.
Stuffsack (with strap loop for outside carry on your pack or on top of your bike panniers) available on some sizes. Drawstring has keeper mitten hook for outside carry of pad on pack. Stuffsack weight 1 oz.
Use the double wide in hammocks, for two people, or trim and layer for one person to extra width or cushioning.
Three sizes from two person width to torso size.
Torso size 20x40x1/2″ –weight 5 ounces
One person size 20x60x1/2″ –weight 7.5 ounces
Two person size 40x60x1/2″ –weight 15 ounces
Available in the USA only due to shipping costs on bulky items.
Free Shipping in the USA.
Filed under Do It Yourself, Fabric, Oware Backpacking Gear, Tips for the Backcountry
Tagged as backpacking, Boy Scouts, climbing, evazote, foam hammock pad, high adventure, hiking, outdoor education, Oware, Pacific Crest Trail, PCT, plastazote, SAR, Scouts, sleeping pad, stuffsack, wild, wilderness, winter camping
November 7, 2014 · 11:14 pm
Prototype for the Squaw Valley Avi Dogs. Brook the coonhound gives a questioning look.
December 30, 2012 · 2:01 pm
I bought this aluminum shovel, True Temper Brand, from the Truckee Hardware Store. With
a very sturdy blade and handle, (more so than the majority of avalanche specific shovels)
it can be used to chop ice, push with your feet and lever out blocks. Things that break
plastic and the thinner versions of metal shovels.
To make it transportable in a pack, I drilled out the rivet holding the blade to the shovel and replaced it with a removable pin.
December 9, 2012 · 12:06 am
Old school mountaineers used metal nails, hobnails, in the leather soles of their boots for
added traction on ice.
Here is a method to do something similar with your running or hiking shoes. You could even
carry this lightweight kit with you into the backcountry for icy trails.
1. Small 1/4″ bit driver. The one shown is mostly plastic and the rest aluminum so
weighs very little. Some multi-tools have this on them as well. A tiny wrench could work.
Chuck one in a drill for quick at home attachments.
2. 1/4″ hex head sheet metal screws. Use the shortest ones you can buy so it won’t go
through the sole to your feet.
Just twist them in. You can remove them for the summer season or when you need to walk
across someone’s hardwood floor.
Filed under Do It Yourself, Oware Backpacking Gear, Tips for the Backcountry
Tagged as backpack, backpacking, backpackinglight, climb, climbing, diy, hobnails, ice cleats, Oware, running shoes for ice, search and rescue, winter camping
October 12, 2012 · 6:12 pm
Take a pyramid tarp, cut it in half and add an A Frame door and you have the Alphamid TM. Half Pyramid floorless shelter 4×8 by 5′ feet tall. 30d silnylon Weighs 13.5 oz A floorless tarp which is quick to set up, light and inexpensive. A favorite for winter campers, it can be set up over a snow pit for extra roominess. It includes a stuff sack. Use your ski probe poles, hang it from a tree limb or order the separate shock corded pole to set it up. Just clip the buckle at the bottom of the door, zip up the zipper, stake out the four corners evenly and put up the pole. Additional tie outs are on the center seams. The apex is reinforced , the zipper is a #5 coil. The taller steeper pitch sheds snow and rain much better than the competitors shelters as well a providing more headroom. Includes 1 oz. pole connector (3 webbing straps) so you can use two trekking or ski poles to make a height adjustable pole. Fabric is not flame retardant and will burn and melt when in contact with high heat or flame. Keep away from camp stoves, gas lanterns, campfires etc.
Great shelter for Search and Rescue-very light and you can set it up over a prone victom without
moving them. Current color is grey.
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Tagged as backpacking, backpackinglight, climbing, outward bound, Oware, owareusa, search and rescue, silicone tarps, tarp, tent, tents
August 31, 2012 · 6:39 pm
Now here. New bivy with side zip and room for a Neo Air pad along with a thick down bag and you.
Filed under backpacking tarps, bivysack, Oware Backpacking Gear
Tagged as backpack, backpacking, backpackinglight, bicycle, bivy, bivy sack, bivy sacks, bivysac, bivysack, bivysack.com, bug netting, climb, climbing, DWR, outward bound, Oware, owareusa, owareusa.com, search and rescue, silicone nylon tarp, silicone tarps, silnylon, sleeping bags, sleepingbags
June 20, 2012 · 7:09 pm
Oral rehydration solution
Tho this solution was developed primarily to treat dehydration
due to disease, it works well for quickly getting fluid into the
blood, faster than plain water when you are depleted by sweating. A home made sports drink.
Where ORS sachets are not available, home-prepared solutions are typically used. While many different recipes exist to increase palatability (e.g. adding flavor, citrus, savory, etc.), all are based on a standard ratio of water, sugar, and salt.
A basic oral rehydration therapy solution is composed of:
30 ml (6 level tsp) of sugar
2.5 ml (1/2 level tsp) of salt, dissolved into
1 litre (4.25 Cups) of clean water
Note that these expedient rehydration mixtures do not replenish potassium, and usage over long term may result in hypokalemia. To obtain some potassium, 125 ml (4 fl oz) of orange juice or some mashed banana can be added to the mixture.
Filed under Do It Yourself, Good Links, Oware Backpacking Gear, Tips for the Backcountry
Tagged as backpack, backpacking, backpackinglight, bicycle, climb, climbing, Oware, owareusa, owareusa.com, search and rescue
February 3, 2012 · 10:53 pm
Used by Search and Rescue Skiers as a compact and quick tool to get a wet person out of the wind and wet. Wind and waterproof coated nylon sack stops evaporative and convective heat loss for the whole body in a super tough and compact 7 ounce package. The orange colors make a good signaling device and wind sock. Dimensions 85″ length, 71″ shoulder girth, 48″ inch foot girth. Can be compacted to fist size. Also works well as a roomy vapor barrier liner inside a sleeping bag to prevent condensation in the insulation. Silicone coated 30d type 66 nylon in either blaze orange or black. Group discounts available. Call 888-292-4534 for more info.
Filed under bivysack, Oware Backpacking Gear, sleeping bag liners, Tips for the Backcountry
Tagged as backpack, backpacking, bivy, bivy sack, bivy sacks, bivysac, bivysack, bivysack.com, climbing, outward bound, Oware, owareusa, owareusa.com, search and rescue, silnylon, sleeping bags, sleepingbag liner, sleepingbags, vapor barrier, VBL
January 10, 2012 · 10:34 pm
Oware custom bivy 3.5 oz!
Fully waterproof with breathable top.
Waterproof Breathable Cuben Fiber top (thanks to Joe @ Zpacks for the material)
Cuben Fiber Bottom
Sewn then taped.
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Tagged as backpack, backpacking, bivy, bivy sack, bivy sacks, bivysac, climb, climbing, cuben fiber, Oware, recreational equipment, search and rescue, sleepingbags