Splitboarding - The first steps when taking snowboarding into the backcountry
What is a splitboard? Why would you want to use one? How do you go about gearing up for doing it? Is it safe? I get these questions often, so I am going to do my best to write about what splitboarding is to me, how to get started and what tools, education and gear is needed to make the most of the backcountry experience.
Just hanging out on a sunny day here in Colorado, scoping some lines to hit :) (pic credit - Aaron . Rose)
What is a splitboard?
A splitboard is a snowboard that is converted into a backcountry tool to ascend mountains then snowboard down them. Basically, it is a snowboard cut down the middle to form two backcountry skis. Much like an alpine touring or telemark ski set up, skins then attach to the bottom of the split “skis”, this allows traction on the snow and therefore allows getting up the mountain. Also, like a backcountry ski set up, the bindings will hinge at the toes, allowing for ankle articulation. The rider skins up the mountain...
How to Shorten Your Massdrop x Klymit Sleeping Pad
It is fairly easy to cut a sleeping pad to your desired length. Shortening your pad gives you a lighter, more packable item that will be faster to inflate and take up less space in your shelter (especially useful in tents that taper towards the foot area). I know a substantial number of members are going to do this to their Long Massdrop x Klymit Utralight V, so they can have a wide short pad.
Here are the super simple instructions for shortening your sleeping pad
1) Decide and mark the desired length of pad
2) Cut with scissors
3) Clear insulation inside away from the edge
4) Seal the edge with a hot iron
I've checked with the experts and as far as I could find, this method works with all sleeping pads - Thermarest, Exped, Nemo, Big Agnes, Sea to Summit and so on. Warning: cutting down your pad most likely voids your warranty from any manufacturer.
Now with greater details and a few basic photos, here is how you can cut down your insulated sleeping pad.
DIY/MYOG - Massdrop Pine Down Blanket Modifications
We designed the Pine Down Blanket to stand alone as an amazingly useful, versatile blanket. Additionally, I had a secondary goal of making it incredibly desirable for our members who love to customize their gear. The value of the raw goods is more than we're selling it for. I've already been working with Aaron Sorensen on ideas (he's known for modding Costco Down Throws), and I'll post our ideas here too.
With a little cutting or sewing, you could make:
A lighter backpacking quilt with tapered legs and more snaps, straps or a zipper. Maybe add a #3 zipper and turn it into a sleeping bag.
A California King size blanket by sewing two togetherl
A 10F blanket or quilt by layering one quilt on the other, offsetting by 2.12" so that the peak channel of one blanket falls into the baffle of the other, thereby forming a solid 3" thick layer.
Snap two together to create a hammock overquilt and underquilt.
Cut it in half and make it into two underquilts for hammock camping.
Sunny days are here again and the summer backpacking weather is just about ready to kick off. Whether you’re a weekend warrior out for an overnight, or marching down the miles of a thru-hike, I’ve gathered together the essentials you’ll need to safely and enjoyably hit the trails this season.
Safety first, a good first aid kit is a must all year round and that doesn’t change just because the weather is warmer. A solid kit should be able to handle the bumps, scrapes, and pains that can happen on the trail. Bandages, sterile gauze, blister treatment, personal medications, and small tools like tweezers are a must. Sunscreen is often overlooked, but critical to happy hiking in the summer. A small tube in a ziploc bag will make a big difference, especially for faces. Aloe offers refreshing relief if you do get burned, and small packets are an easy add to your kit.
Speaking of sunscreen, the best defense against the sun is actually your clothing...
My wife and I have always shared a large 1-person quilt and 2 sleeping pads together. We've tried various ways to fashion the pads together. Straps or 2mm guylines work ok, but they allow air gaps which equates to cold spots. I tried glueing a strip of velcro at the edge of each of our NeoAirs, which would have eliminated gaps, but that glue was not strong enough to last more than a few trips. The best method we've found so far is to create a 40"x70" Tyvek sleeve to keep the two pads together. This is heavier and bulkier, but does what we want it to and has the added benefit of protecting our very expensive pads.
I'm aware of a few existing 2-person pads, with the Exped SynMat Hyperlite Duo seems to be the best rated. It is 28 oz, with an R value of 3.3 and costs a whopping $280. Klymit just came out with their Double V, but it's uninsulated and way too heavy for us. So, I'm back to trying to make a 2-person pad by combining two regular pads. I took my Massdrop x Klymit...
The method is used for removing the residue on the new snorkeling mask and preventing fogging on a used snorkeling mask. It is commonly used by swimmers. If you are a fan of swimming, you must be familiar with the trick.
Rub the toothpaste on the inside of the lens with your fingers or soft cloth evenly. Leave the mask overnight and redo the process several times to ensure the defog effect. And the simpler the toothpaste, the better the defogging effect. Please avoid using an abrasive toothpaste or rough cloth, it will scratch the mask. The minty smell can be a little sensitive to some people’s eyes.
If you purchase the snorkel mask just before snorkeling or the snorkeling idea is a temporary decision, there is no time for rubbing toothpaste, and you have no other preparation. Saliva will help. Spit on the inside of the mask, and rub it evenly with your finger. Then dunk the mask in fresh water (no sea water). The method won’t work without dunking. So...
Diverse Varieties of Self Defense KeyChain for Sale
There are newer techniques and tools of self-defense being created with changing times out there that can help you protect yourself when need be. You can now stay out as late as you want and be confident in your outdoor activities with self-defense weapons like an array of self defense keychain for sale at PA Knives. We host the choicest options of tools that will protect you in these worst-case scenarios.
With the recent advancements in self-defense gadgets, various small weapons are easy to carry and will help you keep predators at bay. Look at our collection to find the one that suits you the most; we focus on stocking items that are useful for people who aren’t comfortable fighting people off and want something that gets the job done with as little hassle as possible.
One thing that is on our top selling list is the cat self-defense key chain. These cool cats are made to fit comfortably in your fingers so they can look like normal jewelry rings. The sharp edges on the...
I see alot of people on here looking for different size groundsheets for thier tents.
I am a contractor from Minnesota, this is how I create groundsheets for my tents and for some of my friends.
I side and have homes and businesses sided as part of my business. I have to buy rolls of Tyvek and other brands of underlayment for siding.
All technical (other than tarpaper), underlayment will also work as a ground sheet. These rolls of underlayment are sold at virtually every lumber yard. For a less expensive option get rolls of this material and cut it yourself using either a razor knife or a scissors. These rolls are readily available in 9' x 50' or 9' x 100' rolls for as little as $45.00 us currency a roll. In addition you can buy 2 story rolls 18' x 100' rolls but those need to be ordered.
In other words save money, cut only what you need and exactly what size you want and either sell the rest or save it or cut it for you friends..
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Am I the only one who thinks we should start a drop for some apocalypse mac and cheese? So, when do we start buying hamburgers by the bucket? Soylent is probably more efficient to ship, though. I need to know what to line the shelves of my bug out bunker for when the big one hits.