My DIY Tools – The tools and gear I use on DIY/MYOG projects

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.

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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”

Make your own DIY climbing board

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”

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”

How to make a rain skirt (step by step) – DIY Gear Tips

Rain skirts are a quick and easy way to keep your shorts dry while hiking in the rain. Far more breathable and at a fraction of the weight of rain pants, they are my go to rain gear for much of the hiking season. Though there are a few places that sell rain skirts, they still aren’t quite mainstream yet and prices are not cheap. This means that you’ve got two options: buy an expensive rain skirt from one of the few vendors, or make your own! Continue reading “How to make a rain skirt (step by step) – DIY Gear Tips”

How to make a stuff sack (Step by step) – DIY Gear Tips

Though I’ve done a few tutorials and videos on DIY gear in the past, I’d like to start doing more. With the price of gear creeping ever higher (I’m looking at you Dyneema), a lack of reliable and lightweight gear from large manufacturers, and the wait times we often find with the cottage companies we love, DIY is a great way to get the gear you want for much cheaper than retail. Let’s not forget about how incredibly fulfilling it is to be out in the woods alone, using gear that you have made to survive too! To kick off this new wave of DIY videos on my channel, I figured I’d start with one of the most simple projects around. A project that makes a great intro into the world of DIY (Do it yourself) and MYOG (Make your own gear): A stuff sack. But not just any ol’ stuff sack. A reinforced, cinching, quality stuff sack. Continue reading “How to make a stuff sack (Step by step) – DIY Gear Tips”