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ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls
by Georgieann Lilgreen
Vaseline fire starters are a very versatile tool and can light a fire in almost any weather condition. Better yet, you can make them from very inexpensive materials from the comfort of your own home. Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: A flexible frame for ultralight backpacks
by David Chenault
Ultralight packs are great for your back, but for strapping outdoor gear onto your pack a frame is nice. Lightweight frames are hard to come by. The solution: make your own. Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Contoured Side Panels for Improved Load Carry in Frameless Packs
by David Chenault
Overpacking is a major issue with frameless packs. Implementing side panels can help distribute your load in a more effective way. Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Supplex Pants
by Jerry Adams
Step by step guide to simple, lightweight, inexpensive trekking pants. Read More...
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Members Only Google SketchUp Tutorial for MYOG Enthusiasts
by David Drake
MYOGers rejoice! SketchUp software, once mastered, can save you hours of guesswork and yards of material. Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Down Vest
by Jerry Adams with editorial assistance from Addie Bedford
An easy introduction to working with down, this vest has no frills, bells, or whistles: just warm insulation where you need it most! Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Backpack Design
by Luke Schmidt
Tips and tricks expand upon previously published articles: check out Luke's six iterations and glean ideas for perfecting YOUR custom-made pack! Read More...
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MYOG: Group Pot Stand and Windscreen
by Benjamin Roode
What's better than a communal, one-pot meal between hiking buddies under the stars? Learn how to make a pot stand/windscreen that's sturdy enough to hold a large pot filled with dinner and light enough to not bow your backpack. Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: eVent Rain/Wind Jacket
by Jerry Adams with editorial assistance from Addie Bedford
Turning 2.5 yards of high performance fabric into a lightweight, breathable rain jacket. Read More...
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MYOG: 3mil Plastic Tarps
by Jerry Adams
Practice makes perfect: using polyethylene to prototype designs means I can spend less and try more variations before sewing a final product in technical materials. Read More...
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MYOG Fleece Headgear
by Jerry Adams
Come see the softer side of making your own cozy fleece items! Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Silnylon Floorless 2-Person Tent
by Jerry Adams
A roomy floorless tent that sleeps two easily and four in a pinch, this 22-ounce beauty will be the pride of your pack! Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Silnylon Backpack
by Jerry Adams
A gem of MYOG: with an 11-ounce weight and 3500-cubic-inch volume, this pack is simple to make and elegant to behold. Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Knotless PCT Bear Bag Hang
by Josh Taylor
Perform an easier-yet-secure PCT Bear Bag Hang without using the traditional stick + clove hitch. This MYOG is simple, functional, and lightweight! Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Aluminum Windscreen for Canister Stoves
by Jerry Adams
Functionality and practicality are the benefits of this windscreen that stores neatly within your cookpot. Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: The Poddle
by Dan Baker
Hiking poles + paddle blades = the Poddle, the ultimate multi-tool for hiking and packrafting or kayaking! Read More...
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Members Only Adventures in Laminating Silicone-Impregnated Fabrics
by Jim Colten
Silnylon and spinnaker fabric have long been mainstays in making ultralight gear, but they require careful construction to avoid failures at seams or damage from abrasion. Laminating the fabric offers a solution to those problems. Read More...
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MYOG Technical Note - Catenary Curves
by Roger Caffin
The whys and wheres of catenary curves, with downloadable spreadsheet for calculating your own MYOG curve masterpieces. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear - A Titanium Potty Trowel
by Roger Caffin
The venerable Coghlans orange potty trowel is a fine idea, but it weighs 51 grams and has been known to crack and break under heavy use. Can we do better with some titanium sheet? Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear - A Thumbscrew for the Steripen Adventurer
by Roger Caffin
The Steripen Adventurer has many firm believers, but almost everyone agrees that the screw which holds the lid of the battery case shut is awful. So... replace it with something better, cooler, and made by hand! Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear - Down Quilt or Sleeping Bag
by Roger Caffin
Making a baffled down quilt is simple compared to making a baffled down sleeping bag. Both are described in this article, with the emphasis on the quilt. Read More...
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MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case
by Sam Haraldson
A durable camera case made from cheap and free materials. Read More...
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MYOG: The Incredible Rulk - Rucksack and Pulk Combo
by Jörgen Johansson
It would be so nice to have a light pulk strapped onto my pack so that I more or less would be able instantly to switch back and forth between pack and pulk. Witness the creation of the Incredible Rulk! Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Light Fleece Pullover Top
by Roger Caffin
This light fleece top is designed as a light winter pullover for snow conditions. It is very simple and styled as an anorak, rather than opening right down the front. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Snow Stakes Revisited
by Roger Caffin
After using the original snow stakes in extreme conditions, the design has been enhanced to extend the life of both your snow stakes and your guylines. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Silnylon Mountain Poncho
by Roger Caffin
This silnylon mountain poncho covers both you and your pack against some of the worst weather, allows ease of movement on mixed terrain, and isn't prone to condensation. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Wide-Brimmed Rain Hat
by Ron Rod
Complete instructions to construct a 2.8 ounce (size L), waterproof, wide-brimmed hat. Read More...
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Members Only MYOG Titanium/Carbon Fiber Ice Axe
by Steven Evans and Roger Caffin
Following the Review of the ULA Helix Potty Trowel, there was considerable discussion on the Backpacking Light Forum (MYOG, DIY walking axe) regarding the use of a light "ice axe" in areas where one's life or ultimate safety would not be an issue. The author, Steven Evans, asked specific questions regarding the required length of such an ice axe, the general use of such an ice axe, and what people used in situations where a UIAA-certified ice axe would be overkill, but where a tool of some sort would be nice to have. Such a tool could be used to assist in small steep sections of snow and ice and general up-hill travel in less then desirable conditions, but it would have a weight which would be negligible on one's back when not in use. This project was born from that discussion. Read More...
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Members Only MYOG - A Winter Canister Stove using your Summer Upright Stove and the Brunton Stove Stand
by Roger Caffin
The Brunton Stove Stand is a nice bit of engineering, but is it really of any use? Oh yes: it can be turned into a neat winter stove with just a little DIY effort. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Titanium Snow Stakes
by Roger Caffin
Lightweight and stable titanium snow anchors that are easy to make Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Shell Top
by Roger Caffin
In "Notes from the Field - Bushwhacking Shell" I discussed commercial shirts and a shell top I make for myself and my wife. Instructions for making my design are given here. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear – Trousers
by Roger Caffin
In ‘Notes from the Field - Bushwhacking Gear - Trousers’ I discussed commercial trousers and some I make for myself and my wife. Instructions for making my design are given here. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Tarp Guylines
by Jay Ham
A clean, simple way to attach guylines to your tarp or shelter Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Aloksak Chest Pocket
by Jay Ham
You say your SUL pack doesn’t have enough pockets? Using inexpensive materials, add some storage with ultralight appeal. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Sealing Silnylon Seams
by Jay Ham
A better way to apply seam sealer, producing a nearly factory perfect look. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
by Jay Ham
Complete instructions for making your own SUL carbon trekking poles from fishing, golf, and kite parts. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Gaiters for Bushwhacking
by Roger Caffin
Lightweight, tough gaiters that are suitable for bushwhacking and easy to make. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight
Part 4, Pack

by Jay Ham
Complete instructions to construct a 3.1-ounce, 1700-cubic inch pack. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight
Part 3, Tarp

by Jay Ham
Complete instructions to construct a 6-ounce tarp with improved weather protection. Read More...
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Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight
Part 2, Stuff Sack

by Jay Ham
Complete instructions to construct a 0.2-ounce stuff sack sized right to compress a SUL tarp (Part 3) into a tidy 4 x 4 x 8 inch bundle. Read More...
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Members Only Do It Yourself Projects to Reduce Canister Stove Weight
by Roger Caffin
Experiments from our readers and staff on trimming weight from winter stoves. Read More...
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Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight
Part 1, Introduction

by Jay Ham
Not for the frail at heart, in this article we dive into making a SUL tarp, pack, and stuff sack out of a single 5-yard piece of spinnaker fabric. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Multi-Pad-Ground-Sheet Integration System
by Mike Clelland!
Complete step-by-step instructions on how to size, cut and glue a tidy sleeping pad system. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear Sewing Primer: Sewing a Felled Seam
by Jay Ham
A tarp and tent ridgeline standard thanks to its water impeding fold. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear Sewing Primer: Reinforcement Stitches for Lightweight Fabrics
by Jay Ham
Why standard reinforcement stitches may not be suitable for your lightweight fabric, which ones are, and how to sew them. Read More...
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Make Your Own Gear Sewing Primer: Straight Stitch and Top Stitch
by Jay Ham
Instructions on how to properly sew two workhorse stitches. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear Sewing Primer: Sewing Machine Setup
by Jay Ham
Sewing machine setup instructions with photos, and tips for sewing lightweight fabrics. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Transforming a Mummy Sleeping Bag into an Arc Top Bag
by Jay Ham
Complete step-by-step instructions on how to convert a mummy bag to an arc quilt. Read More...
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Make Your Own Gear: The Micro Z-Stand Pot Support
by Jay Ham
Using Backpacking Light Titanium Alloy UltraRods to build a sturdy, and now heat resistant, sub-0.20 oz (5.7 g) Z-Stand pot support for alcohol and solid fuel stoves. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Alcohol Stove Windscreen
by Jay Ham
Complete step-by-step instructions on how to construct an efficient alcohol stove windscreen. Read More...