How To 3D Print A Mountain – A guide to finding, modeling, and printing any terrain you desire

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”

Hiking the “Golden Gauntlet” in 360 video.

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.

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DIYlive: Prototyping Backpack Straps

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”

How To Make An Ultralight Windscreen & Heat Reflector

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”

The $20, 1lb. Ultralight Down Summer Quilt – A Gear Review/DIY Tutorial

Though I tend to be quite picky about the quality and reliability of the gear I take with me into the backcountry, there is a side of me that loves finding decent gear on the cheap. While it may be nice to have the latest and greatest gear when heading out into the woods, cheap gear is an unsung hero of the backpacking world. Whether you are starting off, or just can’t justify spending $400 on a new sleeping bag, cheap gear helps you get out there and enjoy the mountains, which is all that matters. Gear, while shiny and cool, is a means to an end… and in that light, cheap gear is a doorway to adventure. Continue reading “The $20, 1lb. Ultralight Down Summer Quilt – A Gear Review/DIY Tutorial”