Just Your Average Tip: Busted Gear? Try Your Local Cobbler

Local cobbler? Sure, they can repair shoes… but what else? Turns out a bit more! I have a not-so-secret love affair with my pack. It is an REI Talus 50. It’s a technical pack, which works for all occasions, all seasons, and has all of the right loops and straps where I need them for […]

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Just Your Average Tip: Always Go Through Your Gear

You can always find items you rarely or have never used, and can trim them out of your pack, or, realize you used something up on your last trip out, and it needs replacing. Image source: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/hiking%20gear More importantly, you might also find after an inspection of your gear, that a piece of your gear […]

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Just Your Average Tip: Make Your Own Waterproof Matches

Here today with just another average tip, but, maybe not so average? When you buy off-the-shelf waterproof matches – most you will notice only have the tips covered in wax. If you do a little searching on the interwebs… you will also find many places telling you that if you make your own, to just […]

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Just Your Average Tip: Paracord Bracelets

Paracord bracelets are useful in themselves, while I do not wear one daily, when I am travelling, either elsewhere via plane, train or automobile, or, if I am in the woods, I do have one, either on me, or in my bag. As I was testing my pack loading this weekend (yes, I know my […]

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Just Your Average Tip: Garbage Bag + Hydration Bladder = ?

What do you get when you cross a garbage bag and a hydration bladder? Today’s Just Your Average Tip. You should already have a garbage bag with you, in fact, you should always have two on you… So, here is another use for a garbage bag, so it is not just extra weight in your […]

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