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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Ten Essentials


Develop your own “Ten Essentials” for your trips.

Here are my categories.

Water
Food
Clothing and Shelter
Navigation
Light Source
Knife and Tools
Sun Protection
Fire Making
First Aid
Communication

Each time I head out, I take a quick look at my list and match
categories with items suitable for the activities expected.

Examples

Half Day Hike in Know Territory:
Water– Pop bottle with water in pack or back pocket
Food – eat before I go
Clothing and Shelter – Fleece hat and garbage bag in pocket or pack.
Navigation – known terrain, not needed
Light Source – button flashlight “Fauxton
Knife and Toolspocket knife
Sun Protection – sunscreen before I go
Fire Making – bic lighter or firesteel, toilet paper
First Aid – (Very small), bit of tape, aspirin, large dressing
Communication – cell phone, whistle

All day or night ski tour, new territory:
Water – Quart and 1/2 of water, metal cup to melt more or for hot drinks

food – lunch, extra energy bars, energy drink or juice in one of the water bottles (also makes “bread crumbs” in the snow for navigating back), tea bags, (fruit and water in car for return)

Clothing and Shelter – Layered clothes of synthetic and wool, gloves and spare mittens,
hat, waterproof parka and pants, spare socks, ski boots, gaiters, vbl socks silnylon tarp and foam sit pad for stops and emergencies.

Navigation – Gps, compass, topo map in plastic.

Light – LED headlamp with fully charged batteries, spare batteries, couple of “Fauxtons”

Knife and Tools Pocket Knife, Screw driver that fits ski bindings, Duct Tape,
Wire, Spare binding screws, Steel wool for filling loose binding screw holes,
Cord (for emergency rope climbers, towing, building a rescue sled or shelter building,) pocket wood saw for trail maintenance
and fire/shelter building,
avalanche shovel, avalanche beacon, avalanche Probe, ski Skins and skin wax, ski poles, red wax, wax scraper

Sun Protection – Sunscreen, brimmed hat, sunglasses, Clown White for extreme ‘sun on snow’ days.

Fire Making – Matches, bic lighter, Fire Steel, cotton balls rubbed with Vaselene, toilet paper, maybe a pop can alcohol stove

First Aid – Tape, Bandaids, 2nd Skin, Super Glue, dressings, aspirin and Ibuprofen, hand warmers.

Communication – Cell Phone, Two Way Radios, Signal Mirror, Whistle, Paper and Pencil

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