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Sale. Flat Tarp 2 White $80

White 2 person tarp at a great price.

Choose white from the drop down menu.


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New colors of Bargain Drawcord Bivys

Keeps wind, bugs, dirt off you and off of your nice down sleeping bag. Protects your inflatable sleeping pad and you from the damp ground. Great for Scout troops and schools, and those hard on equipment light, simple, inexpensive.

Super breathable top of 1.1 oz ripstop nylon. Waterproof bottom of silicone coated 1.1 oz ripstop nylon. Olive or Marpat digital woodland camo top, black bottom.

Drawcord closure at top. No zipper to wear out, you can draw it around your face to keep out drafts (especially nice for quilt users).

7.15 ounces in weight (7.4 with included tiny stuffsack) Roomy girth of 72″ from head to elbows, then tapering to 26 over it’s 85″ length (from opened top to heel). Drawn closed measures 80″ to heels. Squared footbox is 10″ high.  This gives a 6 ft tall person 8″ total extra for your bag to loft on either end or makes it useable by taller folks in warmer weather.

Stake out loop at bottom to keep it in place when you are out of the bag. Reinforced tie out in middle of the top panel. Tie it up to keep the fabric off your upper body for more ventilation or bug resistance.

Made in the USA of USA fabric. Just $55 with free shipping in the US.

Get em here http://shop.bivysack.com/Bivysack-Bargain-Drawcord-Closure-1BivyBargainDrawcord.htm


Bargain Drawcord Bivy Top, Bottom, Foot, and Stuffsack

Bargain Drawcord Bivy
Top, Bottom, Foot, and Stuffsack


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Avalanche Dog lowering uniform

Prototype for the Squaw Valley Avi Dogs. Brook the coonhound gives a questioning look.



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Special Deal- silnylon solo tarp $49 shipped

Great little 5×8′ tarp for shelter when traveling fast and light, for the first aid or survival kit, or for outdoor schools sending students out for their solo wilderness experience.

Under 7 ounces and stows to fist size.

Lots of colors.

Blend in colors for stealth or leave no trace camping.

Get ’em here.

FlatTarp1 5x8 solo tarp

FlatTarp1 5×8 solo tarp

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Foam Pads back in stock

I just received a large shipment of closed cell foam pads.

One set is 3/16″ thick and a density of 29. This denser version makes a thin pad tear resistant. Sizes include full length versions for one (20×76″) or two (40×76″) as
well as a torso size (19×40″). The double wide version is often used by hammock campers
for insulation that wraps around the sides where the hammock fabric pushes the sleeping bag insulation flat. This thin foam, while not warm enough for a sleeping pad by itself in cold conditions, is nice to use under an inflatable pad to protect it from punctures and to add some warmth. The torso length pad is good in a day pack for emergencies, as a waterproof sit pad, to add stiffness to a frameless pack and can be cut up for splints or added as cushioning in side the shoes.


The second set of foam is 1/2″ thick with a density of 24. A touch warmer for the
weight, this foam is Waterproof to a Hydrostatic Head of 3500 mm. R value of 2.
Some have found this to be adequate for winter camping. Others double it up for
bitter cold. Sizes 40×60″, 20×60″ and 20×40″.

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Make a Tough Avalanche Shovel from a Hardware Store Version

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.

AVI Shovel


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Cleats for your running and hiking shoes

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.

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