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.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Schrade XT2B Drop Point Survial Knife

Hey,

In preparation for my upcoming hike/survival trail I purchased a Schrade XT2B fixed blade knife today, looks really nice. The appealing things to me were the rubber handle (feels nice) and the heavy blade.

I will feed back some more info on how it performs once I have the opportunity to give it a workout.


Monday, November 22, 2010

25 Tricks for Traveling Lighter

I was recently send this link titled "25 Tricks for Traveling Lighter"
Some great tips that work in nicely with the UL philosophy.
Thanks for passing this on Jennifer

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

WA 2010 Top Tourism Award Finalists


Hi,

Finalists were announced on the 20th, sorry for the late post if you have seen this already. Good to see such a great list.


Some of the outdoors/hiking you may be familiar with are; The Bibbulumn Track, along with TopTrailsWA, Yanchep National Park, Munda Biddi and the list goes on.

Well done to all the finalists,

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bibbulmun Track - Board Membership

Some very exciting news for me. Last night I was voted in as a board member for the Bibbulmun Track.

Hopefully I will be able to contribute is a positive way to this beautiful track we have.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Shapcott Hut - Coastal Plains Trail

Hi All,

 

You may recall that back in early 2009 Shapcott Hut on the coastal plains trail was destroyed by fire. Since then I have sent regular emails to the national park and DEC to establish when it would be rebuild.

 

Notification today came that they are going to be building a rammed earth replacement and expect that to be completed within 6 months.

 

Will keep you informed.

 

Cheers

Mark

 

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Blue Tongue Lizard (Tiliqua rugosa) Rescue

Hi,
Quick video from my Blackberry of a Lizard I picked up off the side of the road today whilst on my way back from a quick hike.



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Trial Survival Hike

I went out on my first trial survival hike this weekend past. My aim was to see if I could use the resources around me to build shelter, make fire and feed myself. I was not intending to stay out over night this time (not that confident yet) and I did have my pack with food and water.
This was a good test and I did have some success which I am happy with. Firstly I found two huge orange trees growing in an area of the state forest where there used to be a wine cellar (date unknown). They tasted horrible as were still a few weeks away from being ripe however they did provide some good liquid and are certainly edible if needed.
I then went on the gather the items needed for a fire bow saw, although I didn't get a chance to test it I will over the next week or so, there was too much rain for me to have a real first attempt at this.
Last but not least I made myself a shelter, this one would definitely not protect me from the weather but again I was happy with it for a first attempt.
Let me know what you all think.



Sunday, August 22, 2010

More Gram Weenie Pro stoves and IMUSA Mugs on the way

Hi, more stove kits and now with the imusa mugs are on the way from the US. They should arrive in the next week or so. This is the first time the imusa mugs will be available. Still working on a price for the mugs but like the stove kits they will nice and affordable. Check out previous post for more info

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mini Keyring Torch

I bought this mini keyring torch a few weeks back and find it great. Amazingly bright for its size and it weighs only 8g.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

That was one cold hike

Well as cold as it gets here anyway's, you guys and gals in the US may think differently.

I went out on a 15 km's hike in search of several(8) geocaches that I had been meaning to do for sometime. At 8:30am my Suunto watch read 6 Deg C. So cold my Oboz shoes were covered in ice.




Spot the Roo

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mont-Bell U.L Down Inner Jacket


My Mont-bell U.L Down Inner Jacket is on the way from campsaver.com. This should save me a few hundred grams.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sea To Summit - UltraSil Daypack

My new goal, to pack for an overnight hike, light and compact enough to use a Sea To Summit Ultra Sil Daypack. I picked the pack up today nice and cheap on sale for a new store opening.

Achievable? Well we will see.





Ultra-Sil™ Day Pack
Ultra-light - only 68g
Volume - 20 Litres
Packs down small so it easily fits in pockets, purses or luggage
Simple, streamlined design so it’s light and low profile
Siliconized Cordura® for strength and durability
Water resistant fabric contains shopping spills and wet swimsuits or jackets
Two-way zipper closure

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Australia's Jon Muir

Interesting video link passed onto me today. A story of Australian climber and adventurer Jon Muir, not to be confused with the US John Muir, what a coincindence.

Click here to view the video

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Gram Weenie Pro stove here in Australia


Hi All,

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.

For more info please drop me an email or check out my blog.

Regards
Mark

Friday, April 9, 2010

BioLite wood stoves

Stumble across this today, not something that I have seen before, they look interesting. I think the weight would be a concern to me.

Take a look at the Biolite website and then view the demo video here.

I would be more inclined to use this for car camping, like I have mentioned the weight would be an issue @ 740 grams (1 lb 10oz).

The demonstration is a little vague on boil times and I would be a little concerned about the robustness of the power unit.

Their company logo is cool though, the dot on the 'i' in Lite looks like a map of Australia :)

Interested to hear from anyone that might have more info.

Cheers
Mark

Thursday, April 8, 2010

MLD Poncho Tarp - Initial setup


Some images of the MLD Poncho Tarp that I hope to use as my rain poncho and shelter this coming winter.

Surprizingly more room under the tarp than I expected. A combination of this and my MLD Bivy will work great.









Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lightweight Laptop Station

Very handy little unit I received today, courtesy of my employer, if you have a laptop this is definitely worth a look at. Following the lightweight theme of my blog and hiking style this is only 430g.

Full info and pricing here; http://www.ppsergo.com.au/Laptop_Station.html


Ergo-Q2 Laptop Station - Portable
Even more mobile - your ultimate mobile laptop station: ERGO-Q2. The already successful ERGO-Q has been improved on to make it even more mobile.

Benefits include:
• Around 40% lighter
• Only 9 mm thick
• Larger height adjustment than ERGO-Q
• Even smarter design

The ERGO-Q2 not only improves body posture and comfort but it complies with the workplace legal requirements. In addition, it is a money saver as no external monitor or docking station is required.

A separate and larger conventional keyboard and mouse can be plugged into the laptop.

The faceplate with ledge between the screen and external keyboard doubles as an Inline document holder.

Adjustable to 5 positions and 5 angles

Weight: 430 gm

Dimensions:
In use: 230 mm(w) x 310 mm(d) x (108-238) mm(h)
Folded: 230 mm(w) x 310 mm(d) x 9 mm(h)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Australian Geographic video of the Cape to Cape

On assignment for issue 98 of Australian Geographic, Andrew Gregory takes you on an arrestingly beautiful tour of the acclaimed coastal trek from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Kooka Bay UL Pillow

Kooka Bay UL pillow arrived today, very light weight and compact, hopefully won't be too long before I can get out on the trail and test it out.

More info here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sullivans Rock to Monadnocks Feb 2010

This past weekend I walked from Sullivans Rock to Monadnocks, over Vincent and Cuthbert, staying the night at the Monadnocks shelter. Some photos are here, great walk.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Gram Weenie Pro stove and Imusa mug

Hi, some new gear arrived today as a gift from a good mate in the US. Some of you maybe familiar with the Gram Weenie Pro Alcohol stove from End2End Trail Supply. Great looking stove, I haven't had the chance to get out there and test it as yet however hopefull this next coming weekend. The package from the US also included an Imusa 700ml mug, fuel dropper bottle and windshield.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mountain Laurel Designs Poncho Tarp - on the way

For all those interested, intregued or a a complete UL junkie like myself you will of at some stage looked at Poncho Tarps. They are not only a great dual use item (tarp and poncho) but generally their weight cannot be matched by combinations of jackets and pants.
After quite a lengthly process of investigating whats out there I had decided on the MLD Poncho Tarp due to its light weight, great hood design, functional tarp design and Ron's (owner of MLD) proven track record. The timing could not have been better for me as I managed to get one from Backpackinglight forums that had not been used and at a considerable cheaper price. Now is the waiting game, and I will report back on its use when we hit winter. Here are some images from Ron's website.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

nanoSTRIKER


How small is this striker?

"Our collapsible ferrocerium fire-starter takes all excuses and throws them into the fire! This may possibly be the smallest ferrocerium fire starter on the market today. Attach it to your key chain, throw it into your pocket or tie it to your pack but never again leave home without one."


DeLorme and SPOT connect


Okay so this is a very cool toy, you will all know or have heard of the spot messenger, well picture that with a GPS and the ability to send custom messages from the one device. More info here

"As you may have heard, DeLorme has partnered with SPOT to release a new PN-Series GPS device that will use the SPOT satellite system to communicate text messages from remote locations where cell phones don’t have coverage. The PN-60w will connect wirelessly to the SPOT Communicator and be able to send free form text messages to friends and family as well as to websites like Twitter and Facebook. We’re also working closely with the folks at Groundspeak to deliver some very exciting geocaching features, including the ability to log finds directly from the field!"


Monday, January 4, 2010

Youth dies during bushwalk - ABC News

Direct from the ABC news website;


Youth dies during bushwalk
Posted Sun Jan 3, 2010 7:10am AEDT
Updated Sun Jan 3, 2010 8:48am AEDT

Map: Perth 6000
Police are investigating how a teenager died while bushwalking in a national park near Perth.

The 17-year-old's body was found on the ground by a passer-by in the John Forrest National Park about 6:00pm (AWST).

Police say she was walking with her father when they became separated, possibly following a disagreement.

Police say there are no visible injuries and a cause of death will not be known until a post-mortem exam is completed.

They say there is no evidence so far to suggest she was murdered.

The Major Crime Squad is on the scene along with local detectives.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Pack by MLD


Hi all,
Ron Bell from MLD posted these images to his group on facebook showcasing his next pack, codenamed the Newt.

Details straight from facebook.
"Finished a 'close to ready' prototype of the new smaller prophet pack- code named Newt. 10 oz stripped but plenty tough in Dyneema X and the and the same mesh, etc as the Prophet/Exodus/Ark packs. The design is very traditional but uses the best quality materials and a few really nice pieces of hardware no one else is using on UL packs. This one is about 15% too big...SO -weight may come down a bit. Strippable 3/4" waist belt- lots of spectra cord loops to attach the removable and ultra cool mini bungee clips. We Should have it up on the site in about a week or two. Simpler design makes it more efficient to make so the piece will be lower than the Prophet- around $130. "