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What homemade gear do you take with on every outing?
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Garrett M
(GarrettM) - F
What homemade gear do you take with on every outing? on 09/16/2010 23:41:16 MDT Print View

Like it says fellas

David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
"What homemade gear do you take with on every outing?" on 09/16/2010 23:50:36 MDT Print View

I wired two small pieces of ridgerest sleeping pad together that I use primarily as a cozy but also as a sit and kneeling pad. It weighs 1.25 ounces.

I always take it with me.

Edited by davidlutz on 09/17/2010 14:58:32 MDT.

brent driggers
(cadyak) - MLife

Locale: southwest georgia
homemade gear stove on 09/17/2010 06:54:09 MDT Print View

David, how big are the pieces of pad? good idea.

heres a video of a recent burn:


Edited by cadyak on 09/18/2010 08:41:15 MDT.

Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F - M

Locale: Northern Virginia
home made gear outings on 09/17/2010 13:20:47 MDT Print View

I take my 4oz titanium wood stove, my pot cozy, my 3.5 oz camp sandals and my mintyboost rechargeable 5V USB supply for charging my MP3, GPS, Camera and Phone. It also powers my stove fan when I use it.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: What homemade gear do you take with on every outing? on 09/17/2010 14:41:43 MDT Print View

If outing means overnight:
pack cover/gear hammock/water bag
hammock, bug net & fly
cook set(windscreen, lid, cozy/storage sack, burner when using alcohol. sometimes Heinie pot, otherwise boughten)
pullover vest
sometimes hiking pole from painting stick

If outing means day trips:
day pack

This does not count boughten items heavily modified.

Edited by vickrhines on 09/21/2010 17:39:14 MDT.

Tohru Ohnuki
(erdferkel) - F

Locale: S. California
Re: What homemade gear do you take with on every outing? on 09/17/2010 16:35:13 MDT Print View

Windshirt from thru-hiker, penny alcohol stove, hiking poles made from golf club shafts, stuffsacks...

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
MYOG gear on 09/17/2010 21:18:29 MDT Print View

Pack, camp chair, ti wind screen for SP GP stove, all stuff sacks, and tent (partly myog). Am working on a completely MYOG tent, a lighter pack and a sleeping bag.
Sam F.

Jeremy Pendrey
(Pendrey) - MLife

Locale: California
pot cozy and camp sandals on 09/17/2010 21:44:46 MDT Print View

1 oz pot cozy sewed from fleece. It is sized for my boil in a bag meals.

camp sandals made from shoe insoles and kelty triptease cord, 0.9 oz each sandal.

Both are indispensable on every trip. Will be using them tomorrow night.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: What homemade gear do you take with on every outing? on 09/18/2010 21:30:22 MDT Print View

My SUL Ti multi-tool. It's a spoon, a shoe horn, and a potty trowel. Weighs 0.24 ounces.

SUL Ti Multi-tool

Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
Re: What homemade gear do you take with on every outing? on 09/20/2010 09:53:37 MDT Print View

Pack (one of several, depending on the trip). Shell pants. Every snow trip - insulated jacket/pants, booties and overbooties.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: What homemade gear do you take with on every outing? on 09/20/2010 12:40:41 MDT Print View

I take my homemade fleece balaclava and fleece fingerless gloves. Also my Ray Jardine bomber hat. I haven't decided if I like it better than my balaclava or not.

- homemade pot cozy (if using esbit)
- homemade pot lid
- homemade gaiters
- homemade bowl (most times)
- homemade stove
- homemade windscreen
- modified Chacos (and if my homemade hiking sandals work out, I'll use those instead. As my pimary shoes!)
- homemade pouch for holding maps and "office" things
- altered clothing (I like to make modificiations)

David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
Cozy/Sit Pad on 09/20/2010 13:24:03 MDT Print View

Brent -

The cozy/sit pad is two pieces of 1/2" Ridgerest pad cut to 7"x10" and wired together at the corners.

Works really well and is very light.

brent driggers
(cadyak) - MLife

Locale: southwest georgia
pad on 09/20/2010 15:29:49 MDT Print View

Thanks David.
I have one that is cut up for use as a pack frame.
I was trying to think of a way that I could re-attach them together at night to use as a full length pad.

Mountain Warrior
(MountainWarrior) - F

Locale: Northern Cal
Re: homemade gear stove on 09/21/2010 13:59:16 MDT Print View

Hey Brent... Any thoughts of mass production and distribution?

brent driggers
(cadyak) - MLife

Locale: southwest georgia
stove on 09/21/2010 14:33:13 MDT Print View

Always thinking about it. Just havent figured out the best way to do it yet. I have had some success locally through my friends traditional archery business. Hunters seem to love them. Thanks for asking.



Edited by cadyak on 09/21/2010 20:34:56 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
re on 10/09/2010 11:06:35 MDT Print View

Sleeping bag
Pillowcase and pillow
Fingerless gloves
Insulated booties

Dug Shelby
(Pittsburgh) - F

Locale: Bay Area
. on 10/09/2010 13:50:14 MDT Print View

Off the top of my head, I use my cat food can stove, which fits into my MSR Titan Kettle, which fits inside the homemade stand/pot holder Timo came across from Ikea (

I've been using the holder in a dual fuelmethod: I can place the can stove at the bottom, with lowered titanium tent stakes to hold the kettle, or I can raise the stakes (no pun intended) and use it to burn small twigs to warm my food, then let the twigs burn out in the bottom safely. I take about 1/3 the fuel as I used to (denatured alcohol).


Andy Duncan
(bluewater) - M

Locale: SoCal
cuben stuff sacks on 11/02/2010 01:17:51 MDT Print View

I use myog stuff sacks made out of .60oz/sqyd cuben fiber for most of my gear. Food, clothes, ditty bag, stake sack. . .the green one is a zpacks. I also bring a simple esbit stove and stand. A wind shirt and quilt from thru-hiker are next.

cuben stuff sacks

Richard Seifert
(ZMad2000) - F
MY stuff on 11/02/2010 07:54:40 MDT Print View

My Hammock and rigging system
Heiny Pot cook system
Gravity Filter

There will be more DIY gear that i bring as soon as i get my lazy ass in gear and make it!!!

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Re: What homemade gear do you take with on every outing? on 11/02/2010 08:07:12 MDT Print View

1.5oz volcano kettle. 12 oz of boiling water in 6 mins with 10g alcohol under freezing windy conditions.


Wish I'd had David's sit mat with me.

Edited by tallbloke on 11/02/2010 08:16:41 MDT.