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July 26, 2013

Weaving a Mayan Hammock

 Weaving a Mayan Hammock–Video Overview Introduction References Materials Needed The Netting Needle The Loom Loading the Loom Loading the Netting Needle The Edge “Crochet” The Triple Weave The Clew Introduction The Mayan hammock is arguably the most comfortable gathered-end hammock available anywhere, and is notable for being the descendent of…

May 28, 2013

DIY Insulated Hood Pattern

I’ve made a lot of these insulated hoods with varying styles of construction. This is a really easy do-it-yourself (DIY) project, especially if you can use pieces from a fleece blanket that already has a nice hem that can work as a channel for a draw cord. I love DIY…

May 22, 2013

DIY One-Season Top Quilt or Liner

Skip to the illustration! See also: DIY Insulated Hood Pattern The search for an inexpensive, light, one-season top quilt. In preparation for my upcoming backpacking trip to Havasupai with my wife, I’ve been debating on different insulation options for our hammocks. With nighttime temperatures predicted to be in the 60s°F (15–20°C),…

May 15, 2013

Knots vs. Hardware

Among hikers, backpackers, campers, Scouters, and pretty much any outdoor enthusiast, one topic seems to always spark debate: hardware devices or knots? Are you a knot purist who sees hardware devices as redundant, a waste of time (or weight), or perhaps even an abomination that threatens the purity of primitive…

May 1, 2013

Backpacking Bingo

I picked up this idea from my association with the League of American Bicyclists and thought this would be a fun idea for those who like to go backpacking. So, pick up your official Backpacking Bingo card and spice up your hum-drum, predictable do-it-the-same-way-every-year trip with something new! Be sure…

April 30, 2013

Hammock Bivy Prototype Design

It’s almost been a year since I drew up these plans for a hammock bivy and I thought I might as well publish them. During this time there were a few hammock bivy projects popping up, including the Kickstarter-funded Alpine Hammock and the MMG Bivy Hammock. This is truly a…

April 24, 2013

DIY Lightweight Zipper Pulls

Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter; the attention to detail. I was testing out a hammock the other day that had a zippered bug net, but visibly missing were adequate zipper pulls. To clarify, the metal zipper tabs were there, they were just a little hard to find and…