There are currently a few different backpacking related Kickstarter projects taking place at this very moment… Some are nearing their end, whereas some have just been made live this very afternoon. So, I wanted to take a minute and share these with everyone. I personally find these projects interesting, from a backpacker’s point-of-view, and maybe you will too…
So, starting with those nearest the end of their time frame…
Adam (from Equip To Endure) is 8 days away from finishing up his project, “550 Fire Cord.” He has decided to take ordinary (but the real-deal) 550 ParaCord, and make it into something a little better… He began by removing the normal, inner strands, of ordinary ParaCord, and then replacing it with a “proprietary mixture of similar products from Live Fire Gear.” By doing this, the 550 Fire Cord still retains it’s full 550+ lbs of tensile strength, and can be used in all the same ways that it could to begin with, however, now, if you need a little help lighting a fire, simply pull a 6 inch section of the inner out, and you will have a composite that will burn for approximately 4 minutes!
Adam pledged $7,500 for this project, however, he is currently at nearly $26,000! So, the 550 Fire Cord will be funded, and is expected to ship around October, 2014. As well, there have been a few “stretch goals” met, which are allowing for a few different color options to choose from.
Next up is a movie project from Joslyn Bloodworth (from Ultralight Backpacking or Bust!) entitled “The Long Way Around.” Joslyn is planning to thru hike the John Muir Trail, and while she’s at it, will make “a film about the women of the John Muir Trail, their stories and the emotional and physical journey of a thru-hike.” Through this film, Joslyn would like to share with the rest of the world “the story of the women who choose to take on these life affirming, life changing and monumental challenges” while thru-hiking the JMT.
Joslyn has set her pledge goal at $6,200, and while the goal has still yet to be met, there is still plenty of time to help her make this happen! So, click on the link above and check it out!
Next up, is yet, another, movie project! “Flip Flop Flipped“ is brought to us by Scott Harriet (AKA: “Squatch” from Squatch Films). Many may know him from his previous “Flip Flop Flippin” AT hike films, or maybe from his “Walk” PCT hike films, or just maybe even from his most recent film, “Wayfaring” which covers his El Camino de Santiago hike… In Squatch’s new film, he is planning to bounce around (in his usual fashion) the remaining 550 miles of the AT, which will maximize his number of encounters with other hikers, and once he is (finally) finished, he will be able to produce his next Flip Floppin’ installment…
Squatch has also met his pledge goal of $4,000 already, so his film will be funded. He is planning to begin his hike around June, and has an anticipated delivery date of March 2015.
Next up, is another film (I love these hiking movies…) The “Pacific Northwest Trail Documentary” will be brought to us by Trevor Rasmussen (AKA: Fronkey, from “Fronkey’s Adventures,” and “DIY with Fronkey“), and his dog, Tala. This summer, Fronkey and Tala, plan to hike 1,200 miles, from Glacier National Park, along the PNT, all the way to the Pacific Ocean! And while they are out enjoying the trail, he is also planing to put his mad film making skills to work, and film the first documentary on the PNT!
Despite the photo above, I just checked, and Fronkey has already surpassed his pledge amount of $1,700! So, his film will also be brought to us as soon as they are done hiking the trail, and he can get the film together. The film has an anticipated delivery date of April, 2015.
Last, but not least, is the “FireAnt Multi-Fuel Backpacking Stove” from Emberlit. This is the smaller brother to the original Emberlit stove. The FireAnt is primarily a wood burning stove, however, it is designed so that the Trangia (in specific) alcohol stove will also fit into the top of the stove. However, other alcohol stoves, as well as solid fuel stoves can be made to work with the FireAnt stove as well.
The stove will disassemble into 5, flat, titanium plates that will stack together, and can fit inside a shirt pocket. The overall dimensions of the (assembled) FireAnt stove is around 3.5 inches wide, 5 inches tall, and weighs in at under 2.9 oz!
This is another project that has exceeded its pledge amount ($15,000) while writing this article, so this too will also be delivered! Despite the listed delivery date of July, 2014 (in the reward boxes) the actual delivery date is set for August, 2014.
So, as you can see, there are some interesting Kickstarter projects going on at the moment… at least that I am pretty excited about! (Maybe you are too?) I wish the best of luck to all of the creators, and hope to see each of their dreams fulfilled… and of course to get my grubby little hands on the merch!
Thanks for stopping by!
Disclaimer: I have no affiliations with any of the projects listed above. I am friends/acquaintances with some of the creators, however, none have asked me to write about their projects, nor am I being “rewarded” in any sort of means to do so.
Added note: I am not here to discuss the risks and challenges of Kickstarter, nor any past Kickstarter projects. I understand that some folks do not like the idea of Kickstarter, and some may have good reason not to, however, this post is not about that. If you decide to leave a comment, please make sure that it is relevant to this post… anything else will be deleted by me.