Chris on November 18th, 2009

I know I’ve been a bit quiet this month and haven’t posted many new articles.  But I think this one will make up for that.  I’ve been pretty busy writing this tool in a form that I could share on here with everyone. This is my expedition fuel planning tool. Background Planning for fuel usage […]

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Chris on November 8th, 2009

Measuring the weight of your equipment, food, fuel, and clothes is an absolute necessity.  The more weight you need to move, the more energy it takes, and the more money it takes. Yes, I said money.  Airlines charge by weight.  If your baggage is over their limit, you will be paying by the kilo or […]

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Chris on October 18th, 2009

Anyone that is familiar with investments knows about the concept of diversification.  Basically, it is the idea that you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket. I apply this concept to my equipment and clothing as well.   This is especially true on long trips when your body will be undergoing changes due to the […]

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Chris on September 22nd, 2009

If you are a intimidated by sharpening your knives on a whetstone, here is a simple way to make it easy to keep your blades sharp without messing them up. Prepare your whetstone with some water or oil.  Personally, I like to use WD-40 on my whetstone.  It flows away easily, carrying all the bits […]

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Chris on September 18th, 2009

It is no surprise that I enjoy the cold, and so it is no surprise that I’ve spent a lot of time in some cold places.  I’ve learned a lot of things about how to sleep comfortably in the cold.  Here is what I do. I take a good look at the historical temperature and […]

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Chris on September 12th, 2009

I’m always surprised when I see people using alkaline batteries in their devices in very cold weather.  These batteries need to be kept warm constantly to avoid draining them. Lithium batteries don’t seem to suffer the same problems as alkaline.  They are lighter too.  This is especially handy when you have a variety of devices […]

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Belay jackets are an essential piece of mountaineering gear.  I picked up the idea from Mark Twight’s excellent book Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, and High.  It works so well that I use it anytime I’m traveling in cold conditions. Climbing involves one of two states; climbing or belaying, or to put it another way, […]

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