Viajar a pie

"Viajar a pie" is Spanish for "Travelling on foot"

Category: DIY

Do It Yourself

DIY applies nicely to outdoor gear. No matter how critical the application, there are many items that you can actually do yourself and use successfully.

Going out there with gear that you have made is incredibly empowering. There’s an added sense of responsibility and success is particularly meaningful.

It also means the chance to design for yourself. Professional designers may be great but they work for the majority or for the brand. No one knows your needs as much as you do.

Outdoor DIY may be work intensive and time consuming. It may even not make sense from a strictly economic point of view but do have this one clear: you can do it.

Sewing tarps

The sewing machine and the beauty of basic DIY

This is not about outdoor stuff DIY on a grand scale but more about the great power of a small thing, be it a sewing machine or the skill and dedication to sew manually. Works the same.

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Waterproof skirt

The original Rainskirt was a good idea and it actually worked very well… depending on conditions. When it was not only rainy but also cold and, all the worse, windy, I wouldn’t even consider using it. When travelling to places where such conditions were expected, I wouldn’t even take it with me.

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Waterproof mittens

Silnylon mittens

The wet & cold is hard on your hands. They’re exposed (particularly if you’re carrying hiking poles) and so they’re difficult to protect. Waterproofing them doesn’t seem to work in the long term as water seems to always find a way through by overwhelming the waterproof layer, through seams, openings or all of them. Traditional waterproof-breathables additionally are relatively heavy for an item that is usually on your pack most of the time for the summer season.

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Multi-function Poncho

My new disguise

Note: “porche” is spanish for “porch”. We can’t seem to stand the consonants on their own…

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Shelter

It started off as an idea and mostly as a dream. To sleep under my own shelter, that I’ve drawn, made scaled down tape and paper models of, cut and sewn. It feels great to think that there is even a second chapter to this book and I can say I’m proud of my little achievements. Here they are.

Home-made tarp

Siltoldo

When I finished the Siltrapo I thought I’d had enough. The results were satisfying but the process was long and painful, time and effort consuming, partly due to my own fear of doing things wrong, I know (and that’s something I’ve quite learnt to amend) but I was not that eager for a second try. Then I started using the Siltrapo and checking its pros and cons as well as wishing I also had a smaller version for solo use… I just let time go till I kind of forgot about the difficult part and when I found the motivation, I didn’t let it go. I’ve called it Siltoldo

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Siltrapo

Siltrapo

I knew it was easy and from a certain point in time I even knew I could do it. Still I felt overwhelmed by the task, by the amount of time it was taking from me and by the feeling I might as well be using it in better ways… I’m always time starved. But then it’d be such a meaningful achievement… it’d be worth every minute if I’d eventually get it working.

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Windscreen for canister stove

Tired of hearing you can’t use a windscreen with a canister stove? I surely was, particularly when the reason seems to be just the canister over-heating. And who wants a windscreen for the canister? I need a windscreen for the burner. It’s only the flame that matters. Then, what’s the engineering problem to build a screen for just the burner?

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Waterproof mini-skirt

This is a strictly no photos article :)

I don’t like rain pants: they’re odd to put on and take off, weight too much for an item that stays on the pack for a long time and don’t breathe enough. Sometimes, I found I wouldn’t be using them even if I was carrying them, letting my regular pants get wet and trusting my leg muscles to keep legs warm while moving. A quick drying, comfy when wet pant fabric is a must too. The net effect is I quit carrying rain pants.

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