Hiker Dude's Hiking Blog

My notes, links and random tips for the hikers and backpackers of the world.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

G4 Homemade Backpack

You can save a lot of weight and money by making your own DIY Backpack.

GVP Gear G4 Pack at Backpacking.com

Monday, October 17, 2005

Knots for Hikers and Backpackers

Animated Knots, Knotting Dictionary of Kännet, and UK Scouting Resources.

Knots by Gorp
Figure Eight
Square Knot
Timber Hitch
Hitching Tie
Taut-Line Hitch
Miller's Knot
Two Half Hitches
Two Half Hitches (Quick Release)
Sheet Bend Knot
Double Sheet Bend Knot
Double Fisherman's Knot
Triple Fisherman's Knot
Clove Hitch
Fisherman's Knot
The Bowline
Bowline on a Bight

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Tarp Camping

Tarp Camping 101 gives a copule of pointers on how to live under a tarp in the woods.

SGt Rock shows you all the ways to set up a basic tarp.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

How-To: Make a cheap portable espresso machine

Make a cheap portable espresso machine out of PVC pipe and a caulk gun.

Espresso anyone?

Friday, October 14, 2005

Tyvek for the outdoors dude

Tyvek is a lightweight noisy waterproof fabric that pretty durable. It can be used to make ground cloths, tarps, stuff sacks and even backpacks.

Joe's Ultralight Backpacking Tyvek Page

Tyvek®: What it is and where to get some

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Zen Alcohol Stoves

Zen Bacpacking Stoves talks about all kinds of backpacking stoves - even ones I've never heard of. I'm now just getting started on reading thorugh all of the stuff an there.

There is indepth information on the global differences between the many types of stoves and tells you how they work and even how to make several differnt kinds of stoves.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

FEDEX or UPS Stuff Sacks

Found a great project on the web - DIY Tyvex Stuff Sacks

Step 1 - head to Kinkos and grab a stack of large FEDEX bags

Step 2 - head home

Step 3 - Sew up your bags with some cord

Step 4 - crumple the heck out of it and/or wash it to soften it up

Sunday, October 09, 2005

DIY Sewing for the Backpacker

Penny has some Tips and Techniques For Sewing Your Own Outdoor Gear.

You can get fabric from Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics and the Cloth Spot

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Odd emailings

Just got some odd email today.

death rate :

There have been an average of 160,000 troops stationed in Iraq during the last 22 months.

During this time the firearm death total was 2,112 for a firearm deathrate of 60 per 100,000.

The rate in Washington DC is 80.6 per 100,000.

That means that you are more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation's Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington, D.C.

Ever wonder where people get their info?

Where did they get 2112 dead from firearms? Last I heard there were a little over 1500 KIA and not all those were contributed to firearms.

2112 dead in 22 months comes out to 1152 per year which comes out to 720 per 100,000 if there is an average of 160,000 people there.

The DC rate of 80.6 per 100K quoted comes up in wikipedia.org and might be resonable given some of their references.

Anyways - just thought that was an odd email.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

First Post

Here I am entering the world of blogging.