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.
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.”
I’ve been working on a new series of videos called DIYlive. They are filmed live from my apartment, and feature me working on an assortment of DIY/MYOG projects in various stages of completeness. In these videos, you’ll get a more intimate glimpse into what it looks like to design gear, prototype it, assemble it, and much more. This video focuses on some rapid prototyping of backpack straps. Continue reading “DIYlive: Prototyping Backpack Straps”
Want to boost your cooking efficiency in the backcountry? Save weight on fuel? Enjoy hot meals and drinks that stay hot longer? Protect and store your stove/pot in style? Build a pot cozy! I’ll even make it easy for you… all you have to do is purchase this kit from me and follow along with the video below. Continue reading “How To Make A Pot Cozy – DIYclub”
When I am on a thru hike, I do my best to make every piece of my gear and my habits as efficient and effective as possible. When it comes to cooking, a small 100 gram fuel canister can last me upwards of a month on trail. How is this possible? Quite easily actually, I combine several techniques and pieces of gear that make my stove as efficient as it can be. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be spilling all of my thru-hiker stove efficiency secrets to you so stay tuned… Today, I’ll be showing you how to take the first step towards stove efficiency by making your very own DIY ultralight windscreen and heat reflector! Continue reading “How To Make An Ultralight Windscreen & Heat Reflector”
It seems that these days, my backpacking gear is in a constant state of flux. Between testing gear for reviews and trying out my latest DIY projects, the contents of my backpack is often quite variable. Up until yesterday my “Current Gear” page had been a reflection of my kit from a few years ago, not my current setup. But no longer! I’ve just updated the page with all of my latest gear. Check it out here: Current Gear. Moving forward, I think I’m going to keep a history of my past gear on this page as well, that way my revisions and upgrades in gear can be tracked as time passes.
Being less active outside throughout most of this winter has left me in serious need of some decent exercise and a way to keep in climbing shape. And while I would love to build a small wall in my apartment, I don’t think that would fly with the management, plus I’ll be out of here too soon to justify a full on wall anyways. Thus I am left with few great choices. Sure, I could go with a small board that mounts onto a doorframe “ironman gym”, but I want to have something more substantial, with plenty of climbing space, adaptability, and room to experiment with different holds. Enter the DIY doorframe climbing training board. Or, as it has become dubbed in my apartment, the “bathroom board.” What follows is a video and details on how to build your very own doorframe climbing board. Continue reading “Make your own DIY climbing board”