Light Weight Hikers Blog proudly stocks the e2e Gram Weenie Pro Stoves

As part of trying to spread a lighter weight style of hiking here in Australia I have made an arrangement with a US based cottage manufacturer to sell his light weight stoves here. End2End Trail Supply’s owner George Carr has been perfecting light weight alcohol stoves for many years and am very pleased to be working with him, these stoves are great. The Gram Weenie Pro which can be see from the link here; weighs an amazing 19 grams. For those curious on how these work George has a youtube video; How to light GWP YouTube To keep things simple and cheap, I am selling the Gram Weenie Pro Stove, windshield, primer pan and Fuel bottle for $20.00 plus the cost of shipping anywhere in Australia.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

MLD Superlight Bivy - a further weight reduction


In my attempts to further lighten my hiking load I purchased myself a new Mountain Laurel Designs Superlight Bivy. The new model is designed to fit the Therm-a-rest NeoAir mattress, and should work well with my GoLite Quilt or my home made ones. The Superlight weighs 196g and is made from a combination of momentum DWR and Silnylon, it also has an eVent foot pannel. In terms of options I selected the all net hood, right hand side zipper and coyote colour. Ron has closed MLD over the christmas period so hopefully not too far into the new year I should see it.

*Image from MLD website

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

ZPacks - Hexamid Solo Tent 259g


If you are a lightweight nut, and who isn't then you will pleased to see some more great gear come out of Joe from ZPacks. The Hexamid is a Solo hiking shelter made from Cuben, full sealed with nanoseeum screen, for a total weight of 259g, now that is amazing.


Some images and a link for you.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Jansport Klamath 55


The latest in the Jansport range, the Klamath 55, arrived in mailbox during the week. You will be able to follow my review of this item at Backpackgeartest.org over the next 3 months.


StickPic - updated version



If you don't own a StickPic, then you really should, these are a great little camera accessory that allows you to take self portraits by attaching your digital camera to the end of your trekking pole. The whole device weights about 10g so is something you would take on every trip without worrying about the weight penalty.
Early in the year I reviewed the origional version and thanks to Rod Java and David Lopez I will have the opportunity to review the latest.
Some inital differences (original on the left, new on the right) are nice and obvious, firstly as you can see the black jam nut has been altered from a standard circular type with a cerated edge to a design that better allows for grip. The through hole on the newer model is also slightly tapered to ensure it stays on the trekking pole more securely, it wedges in a little better. There is also a slight cosmetic difference in that the team now use a machine to engrave "THE STICKPIC" rather than having to hand punch each. Well done again guys, great product.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

White Horse Hills CS trip with my son

This week my son Cameron and I went out on a quick hike into White Horse Hills Campsite to fix up a few items we reports on our last visit out there. Here are a few photos.















Thursday, December 3, 2009

New Trail for WA

Extract from the Pilgrims Trail Website

"The Pilgrims Trail MissionTo establish a permanent Pilgrims Trail between Subiaco and New Norcia which is respectful of the local environment and cultures, and is safe for those who use it.To establish a Foundation which will monitor the maintenance and development of the Trail for future generations.To foster an awareness of the Pilgrims Trail, and to encourage as many people as possible to experience the benefits and delights of using the trail"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Some new Gear on its way - Jetboil and Snowpeak

Waiting on the arrival of some new gear from the US which I picked up on the BackpackingLight forums for a real bargain, well compared to what I would pay for it here if it were available.



The JetBoil PCS was a spare of the moment purchase as the same guy was selling a Snowpeak Hybrid that I was interested in. This is a little heavier than I would normally like to take out with me but the idea was so that when I take my son out or go with a group I would be able to cook rather than my normal rehydration which only requires hot water.



I can see the JetBoil being used more for car camping, fishing or some short walks in winter where a hot drink or soup might be nice. Some images below.


Since the last post on this I have been able to measure the weights of the Jetboil components and the Snowpeak setup, after all thats what we are interested in right?

Snowpeak frypan/lid - 62g
Snowpeak bowl - 52g
Snowpeak rubber bowl - 78g
Total - 192g



Jetboil PCS cup/body - 202g
Jetboil PCS plastic base/cup - 26g
Jetboil PCS plastic lid - 32g
Jetboil PCS stove - 164g
Total - 424g

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wild Flowers

I wanted to share some images of Wildflowers taken on my last hike along the Bibbulumn Track.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Transitional Hiker: Australian Mark McLauchlin




Hot off the press :) My article for BackpackingLight will be published next week. Once I have the full link I will repost it. Below is a quick intro.

Transitional Hiker: Australian Mark McLauchlin chronicles his ongoing transformation from former hiker to getting-back-into-it-hiker to ouch-that-hurts-hiker to lightweight hiker. On the way, he becomes a devotee of other famous UL walkers, buys a sewing machine (successfully enduring the teasing of his loving wife), and plugs into the most devoted UL community on the planet in the BPL forums.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Not much of a pack freak!

Today I finished cleaning a second hand pack I bought for use when I take my son out and for an overseas trip in two weeks. Not exactly what you would call light, It's an Osprey Cresent 90 and weights about 3 kg, but I have to admit is it really feature packed (not that I indend to use it other than described previously). It is not only a top loader but also has bottom access and a large zipper running along one of the edges to make it a side loader. There are numerous pockets which Osprey are quite known for.
While I was cleaning this pack I thought about the others I own, so here is the list; Osprey Aether 60, Osprey Kestrel 48, Osprey Cresent 90(new), Golite Dawn, ULA Relay and with my BGT testing I have a Klamath 55 on the way for review, total of 6.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bush Tucker Book


I recently purchased the book "Bush Tucker Plants of the South-West", very interesting read and something I will take out with me on my next few trips to see if I am able to identify some of the edible plants. I purchased the book from the Bibbulumn Track Foundation office in Perth, it is published by Naturebase. Track members get the book for about $5.80, non-members pay $6.50. Here is an extact-
The Nyoongar people of south-western Australia had a very ordered way of life. Their hunting and gathering patterns were guided by six weather-based seasons. The Nyoongars' resource-based observations enabled them to make the best use of available plant and animal resources at these times. This book provides an insight into some of the common bush tucker plants used by the Nyoongar people.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

USA - Hiking the PCT and Olympic National Park in Washington State - Pedro Arvy

Great Video,
"In August 2009 Franco Darioli, Louis Marshall and myself traveled to Seattle Washington in the USA to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Snoqualmie Pass to Steven's Pass. Then we journeyed to Olympic National Park to the west of Seattle for a three day hike from Obstruction Point."

Check out Pedro's site

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Appy Trails Mark III - Swap or Sell

Hi,

If you are looking for a new lightweight shelter this might be for you.

I have 2 x Appy Trail Mark III shelters, one is complete the other is minus the poles and pegs, both excellent condition.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hewitts Hill Campsite - Bibbulmun Track


This weekend I went out for a quick overnighter to Hewitts Hill Campsite which is on the Bibbulmun Track. The main reason for this quick hike (only about 25 minute walk in) was to drop off the latest track newsletter and remove one of the signs from the campsite. Happened to come across about 10 Scouts out on a few days walk up to Mundaring. Below photo is of their packs. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bibbulmun Track - Replacement Waugal Tree Markers


Today I went out on a field day with the Bibbulmun Track Foundation volunteers to a section of the track from Brookton Highway North towards Canning Campsite. The day was so that new volunteers as well as old could get to know each other, share some stories and issues about their section of the track.
One of the exercises was installing water bars so that any potential high volumes of rain runoff had a minimal impact on the track itself. We also covered topics such as how to prune vegetation correctly and where and when it is appropriate to install Waugals.
Below is a picture of the proposed new Waugal that will be positioned on a metal colour bond colour pole as opposed to the current ones which are nailed to the trees.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Stove - Facebook post



Quietly (well not so much) happy with a Facebook post by Ultimate Survival Technologies, they found my blog and posted a link on their fans page.

Bibbulmun Track Trail Maintenace Volunteer

Today I received some very exciting news from the Bibbulmun Track Foundation, I now have a slice of track to maintain along with the White Horse Hills Campsite. I have been on the list since late 2007 and to receive the news was very exciting.

I passed through the area in May 2008 with Andrew Preece (team gunn_parker) while we were walking up from Dwellingup, this was my first real multi day hike along the Bib Track.

The images show a front view of the hut and another looking out at the fire ring and valley in the background

Andrew took some video footage of the hut back in '08, you can find it here on YouTube

If you are a GPS mapper you can find it located here S32 36.540 E116 20.155

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Stove

With the weather so bad I haven't managed to get out and do much hiking or gear testing, but I do have a quick YouTube video of the WetFire Stove and Tinder. You can read the rest of the review on Backpackgeartest.org.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wrist Computers


Each time I am out hiking, generally testing gear, the few things that I miss are the ability to accurately record the temperature and barometric pressure as to get an idea of how the weather is changing.

Temperature min and max is useful to record in trail journals (what ever form that takes) so that trip planning can be made with more knowledge. Each year I try to take in a weeks walk with fellow hiking buddy Andrew and it this does help with the planning. Also good for some overnight trips so that gear lists can be revised to include suitable clothing, bedding and rain protection if needed.

You could use the traditional mercury thermometer but they won't give a min and max, just what the current temp is, which is not much good during the middle of the night or early mornings which are generally the coldest.

So, this week I purchased a Suunto Core Lite Black, second hand from the BPL forums, cheaper by far that anything I could get locally here in Australia with all the features that I want.

I will post a review of the watch when I get a few km's out with it.

Cheers

Friday, July 17, 2009

Tarptent - Moment



Brand new, hot off the press the new Henry Shires Tarptent Moment.



Check it out here.

Very light at 28 ounces, the Patent Pending Moment offers generous sit up space, sleeping area, and protected gear space. It sets up with two stakes in under 1 minute or completely free-standing with optional 7-ounce pole. Unobstructed and drip-free side entry.

Not the lightest tent in the Henry Shires collection however it does look to have some great features such as the ability to setup free standing, great for inside of huts if you are that way inclined. Head room looks to be very good at 102 cm.

Another great tent from Henry Shires.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

ULA Shipment delays due to injury

The below is posted on the ULA Website.

Brian broke his leg over this past weekend, crippling production.ALL SHIPMENTS ARE DELAYED as of July 12th!Please note:1) Standing orders will be fulfilled as soon as possible.2) New orders (after July 12th) will be tentative until personally confirmed.3) Rush Orders please include a note at check out with in-hand date.Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Monday, July 6, 2009

MYOG - Once ounce pack from Gossamergear


Gossamer Gear have some free for download instructions on their website for a one ounce cuben fiber pack, based on their famous G4 pack. You can find the full download pdf file here.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

E2E of the Bibbulmun Track


This week I will going though the materials I have to work out the shortest time it would take for me to End to End (E2E) or thru hike, as some of you may call it, the Bibbulmun Track.
For the past few years I have been section hiking this trail which runs for approximately 1000 Km's but the more I walk it this way the more I long to do it in the one hit. I think it's one of those things that I just have to do and get out of my system else I will never get the urge out of my mind.
At this stage I would looking at mid to end 2010, there is lots of planning to do and I will also need to convince the wife and family this is a good thing to do. It will take about 4-5 weeks so not something that I can enter into lightly. Stay tuned for notes and ideas as they come to my mind.

Friday, July 3, 2009

ULA Equipment new website

The redesign of the ULA website is really good. Brian produces some great gear. If you are not familiar with his stuff check out the site.

Friday, June 26, 2009

MYOG - Solo Jet Gas System

Definately worth checking this out, great design, compact size and weight. I'm always a little curious about MYOG gas systems though.

Here is a link to the authors blog albeit in Japanese.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

NEWS: Accident on Half Dome Yosemite Valley


I wanted to post this tragic new article to highlight some of the risks that we, as hikers, take when out on the trail. Some of the risks are known such as this one, yet we still take them, and others are unknown.
The image shows Half Dome in the Yosemite Valley US where a hiker tragically fell to his death infront of fellow hikers. You can read the full article here.
Some of the attributes to the accident as suggested by Larry Sullivan;
The couple attributed the tragedy to a combination of factors:- The inclement weather including clouds and wet conditions. The steep granite, made smooth by years of footfalls, is doubly slippery when wet- An upright steel post had come out of its mooring and made maneuvering past it especially challenging- A thin steel strap that held the wooden cross-piece footrest had broken or come loose, making the crosspiece unusable as last ditch footrest- The victim could have used the underarm brake technique to better advantage- Given the conditions, they felt they shouldn't have been on the cables without harnesses and carabiners.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Squeezebox Stove


Too many projects, too little time. But I know what im doing next..

Read more about it here.

Sunday, June 14, 2009



Great Documentary on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), here is the synopsis.

"On November 6th, 2006, 6 Southbound Continental Divide Trail (CDT) hikers walked up to a humble little barbed-wire fence on the Mexican Border and finished an end-to-end hike that started 5 months earlier at the Canadian Border. Join them on their 2,800-Mile journey hiking the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail southbound thru Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico."

Check out the site for the free download, well worth it

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Archery Arrows

So today I managed to pick up a bunch of used archery arrows that I would like to turn into light weight tent pegs similar to the ones posted here by Roger Caffin.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Beer hydrates better than water - really?

According to an article published by Backpacker it does.

Read the full article here

"Now, there's no reason to wait for that post-hike beer At last, I no longer have to act ashamed whenever people discover my hydration bladder is full of Miller High Life—I'm simply ahead of my time. Our pal Science now says that beer, yes beer, is more effective for rehydrating the body than plain ol' water. I think I'm not alone when I say that this qualifies as news on par with peace in the Middle East.Researchers at Granada University in Spain found this Nobel Prize-worthy discovery after months of testing 25 student subjects, who were asked to run on a treadmill in grueling temps (104 degrees F) until they were as close to exhaustion as possible. Half were given water to drink, and the other half drank two pints of Spanish lager. Then the godly researchers measured their hydration levels, motor skills, and concentration ability."

Thursday, June 11, 2009


My new Tarptent Contrail arrived last week and so far I have been able to get it up in approximately 2 minutes.

This purchase was part of my gear list refurbishment to reduce my weight to a goal of 6 kg for overnight hikes. After I get a few nights out in the tent I will post a review here. So far I am very impressed with the ease of setup and the construction.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Very excited today, I received a parcel in the post from a good friend of mine in the US.
Some of the cool things he sent me include a home made Heinekein Pot with lid, a bag full of ultra light weight droppers ranging in size from 15 cc to 3 cc. There was also an Esbit stove and tabs (these you can't get local) and something I find so interesting is a lightload towel. Oh and a really, really small pack of cards smaller than a matchbox.
I will post an update to this in a few days when I have had the chance to test this gear out.

Mugs...you know who you are, thanks very much.

Cheers
Mark
Welcome! This is my first attempt at a Blog so bear with me, Im bound to make a few mistakes here and there, weird as though my background is in Information Systems :)

So why this Blog?...very simply I wanted to create a site that was dedicated to light weight hiking providing information such as tips, tricks, links to some gear and manufacturers and most of all relevant to everyone regardless of geographical location.

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