What to Bring on a Day Hike? (Beginner Kit and Normal/Contingency Philosophy)

One of your friends or family members comes up to you and says “Hey, I have been thinking about doing some day hiking and I was wondering what I should carry for emergencies. I don’t want anything big, heavy, or expensive, and I don’t want to spend a ton of time learning how to use it. What should I do?” This question is the topic of today’s post…

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Deal Alert: GORUCK Bullet on Sale

I wanted to give everyone a heads-up that GORUCK is having a MASSIVE sale on their Bullet 10, in black or gunmetal. They are marked down to $69 (originally $125). Now, I make no money off this blog. I have no sponsors, no affiliate links, and I only have like 20 followers. I wanted to share this deal purely because I have a Bullet 10 and love it (review coming one day) and want to save you money on a great piece of gear. Read on for the link…

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What is a Commonplace Book?

A commonplace book, in its most simple form, is a way to compile knowledge. The commonplace is your personal collection of any information you want to keep. This can range from recording recipes on note cards, jotting quotes or jokes into a notebook, or keeping thoughts for future blog posts in a Word document. This post is a collection of articles on what a Commonplace book is and why you should keep one.

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Nifty Knots: The Tautline Hitch

I’m this week’s installment of “Nifty Knots”, we learn a handy knot called the Tautline Hitch. The Tautline Hitch is a loop knot used for tensioning ropes. It is especially useful for tensioning ridge lines for tarp shelters or for tying down cargo. Grab a piece of rope and follow along!

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Field Expedient Shelter: The Plow Point

This is one of my favorite ways to pitch a tarp, as it is quick to set up and offers great coverage. Whether you are using an emergency blanket, a poncho tarp, or a large trash bag, you can easily make an emergency shelter by using the plow point pitch.

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