Gear Thoughts…

I just got back from my hike in the Smokies last night and have a load of videos and pics to get up, but first I thought I would get a video posted in which I (briefly) talk about how some of my newer gear did. I will try and get my videos of the trip up in the next few days, but for now here is my “Gear Thoughts” video…

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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2 Responses to Gear Thoughts…

  1. Pat Combee says:

    Hey Stick, nice vid. I am looking forward to your trip report videos. You post good stuff!
    In regards to the instaflator, I made something similar but that takes up less space. I just could not see using a long bag in a small tent, so I reinforced the end of a 13 gallon trash bag with a piece of duct tap, cut an “X” in the tape and inserted a nozzle from an old air mattress inflator and then taped it in place. The nozzle fits any thermarest. I then just let the bag fill with air and fold it over and push the air in my mat. Works like the instaflator, but is easier to use in a small tent. I use about 4 bags of air to inflate a Neoair short pad.


    • Stick says:


      Thanks for the comment. And I am uploading the videos at the moment. I will upload the last set tomorrow morning when I leave to go to work so they may be posted tomorrow night here on my blog. I have about 20 or so little short videos and instead of uploading each one separately I am mashing them all together in “Parts” close to 10 minutes a set and then uploading to YouTube. They vary in length, but there are 6 parts… There is a lot of wind noise too so…

      And that’s a great idea with your MYOG Instaflator. I don’t mind the length really since I just stand outside my tent and do my business, but I am currently debating just using it during the colder months to keep moisture out of the pads. I’m not sure exactly yet though. I do need to do a video on it though…


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