The Basecamp Journal is a journal designed to help you plan, execute, and document your adventures. It is built from the ground up by the Feral Mountain Co. team and has a lot of careful thought and clever design put into it. I always hesitate to use adventure journals due to their clunkiness and over-built, hold-you-by-the-hand layouts… but this one is different. It’s simple yet intuitive, and the main pages feature a dot grid system that lends itself quite well to writing, drawing, and list making. I am truly excited about this project and plan on using them myself for documenting all of my adventures. If this sounds interesting at all to you, It’d mean a lot to us if you’d check out the Indiegogo page below (It’s similar to Kickstarter, but prettier.) Even if you’re not interested in the journal, maybe check out the video I put together for the project, it has some cool nature shots in it!
Recently, my friend Loner (from the AT in 2012) published a book about his AT thru hike (and many misadventures along the way.) I’ve only just started it, but I am really digging it and I think you will too! Keep that adventure spark kindled with some new literary fuel: http://amzn.to/2veMqOz. Check out all of those 5-star reviews! Loner also did a great series of videos from his thru hike, you can check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-vBJwNljf6Qcm1w02hWASuyFoGzl65r6.
I have a big favor to ask of you: give this video a view. Even if it’s just the first 10 minutes. It’s a lot to ask, I know (a 25 minute video?!) But I feel like MeHap and I have put together something nice here and I want to share it with people that might not normally watch it. The footage is in high-res 4K, so throw it up on your biggest TV and kick it. A lot of time and effort went into this edit, hopefully it shows.
I have always been fascinated by 3D topography. Whether it be touching the scale topographic models of mountains at national parks or my first digital fly though of a mountain range on Google Earth, being able to interact with the stunning features of this Earth on both a large and small scale is exciting. As soon as I began toying with the idea of procuring a 3D printer, I knew one of my first projects would be figuring out how to print out a mountain. Having finally figured out how to do so (and finding a serious lack of concise information out there on how to do so) I decided to make a quick how to video and blog post for anyone wishing to do the same. As a bonus, I’ll include the STL files I’ve printed off so far at the bottom of the post, if you’d like to simply replicate the models I’ve already printed. Continue reading “How To 3D Print A Mountain – A guide to finding, modeling, and printing any terrain you desire”
This video is going to be a little different from my normal hiking videos… It’s a 360 video! I’m really curious to hear what you think about it. I don’t think I’ll be making future videos using 360 video (the quality and technology isn’t quite sharp enough in my opinion and editing this footage was tough!) but I do think this technology is pretty dang cool.
I recently picked up a Prusa I3 Mk2 3D printer kit in hopes of prototyping some new hardware and gear for backpacking (and many other fun projects.) Here’s a quick glimpse at what comes in the kit, how it ships, and the many (many) parts that go into building a 3D printer. Click through to watch the video.
This evening, myself and fellow thru-hiker MeHap did a thru hiking Q&A on youtube live. Though the stream is over, you can still watch a recording of the stream here: https://youtu.be/TOX1y_GbUdU Huge thanks to all those that stopped in, and if you missed it, fret not! There will be more live streams soon. Continue reading “Thru Hiker Q&A – BackcountryBanter Live”
Just a heads up, tonight MeHap (another triple crowner) and I will be answering any and all questions related to thru hiking, the AT, PCT, CDT, and more. Tune in live tonight @ 6 pm Mountain Standard Time and give us a question to answer! Here’s the link/lobby: http://www.youtube.com/c/Biophthera/live
My DIY Tools - The tools and gear I use on DIY/MYOG projects
"The success of any given DIY project lies within your will to finish. The quality of your project lies upon the backs of the tools you use and your skill at using them."
Here's a list of the tools that I personally use to work on my DIY and MYOG projects. Some of these are new to me, some have been in use since my first DIY hammock back in 2011. All of them have proven quite useful to me.
DIY / MYOG Supplier Master List
Interested in making your own gear? You're gonna need some supplies and materials. What follows is a comprehensive list of the best DIY suppliers around. With these links, you can get your hands on anything you'll need to make your own gear: silnylon, ripstop nylon, x-pac, cuben fiber (now dyneema), thread, buckles, webbing, cord, cord-locks, and so much more. **Cue Jurassic Park intro music** Welcome to the world of DIY.
In this DIYlive stream, I focus on showing you my workspace, tools, and gear used in my DIY projects. I also answer any questions that the live viewers may have. Click through to watch the video. Continue reading “DIYlive: Tools of the Trade Q&A – The tools, gear, and workspace I use to make DIY gear.”