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Esbit Stove Height vs Efficiency

Stoveweight vs Time Over 14 Days

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Repairing Gear on the Trail

Washing Down Gear

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Water Purification for Long Distance Hikers

Repairing Your Gear on the Trail

wpe2B.jpg (31294 bytes) Materials:  Machine sewing needle and thread.  Thread the needle so that both ends are equal in length.
wpe34.jpg (27150 bytes) Step 1:  One of the sides of the needle is flat.  Hold the thread against the flat part with your thumb.  Notice also that there is a groove on one side of the needle.
wpe37.jpg (24135 bytes) Step 2:  To get started, push the needle through and then pull it back a little to form a loop as seen in the picture.
wpe39.jpg (26046 bytes) Step 3:  Grab the loop and pull one side of the thread through while holding the other side against the flat part of the needle with your thumb.
wpe3B.jpg (26058 bytes) Step 4:  Now there should be an equal length of thread on both sides of your repair.  Pull the needle back through the material.  It helps to hold the thread between your fingers as shown.
wpe3D.jpg (24573 bytes) Step 5:  Push the needle through to form the first stitch.  Make sure the groove in the needle faces in the direction you're sewing.
wpe41.jpg (25121 bytes) Step 6:  Pull back the needle to form a loop.  Important:  this loop must be on the side of the needle without the groove.  Pass the thread through the loop.
wpe43.jpg (22839 bytes) Step 7:  Pull back the needle and thread as you hold onto the other end that was passed through the loop.  Pull both ends to tighten up the stitch.
wpe45.jpg (26103 bytes) Step 8:  You should have the needle and half of the thread on one side....
wpe47.jpg (26495 bytes) Step 9:  ... and the other half of the thread on the other side.  Notice that you can see the stitch on both sides of the repair.
wpe49.jpg (25677 bytes) Step 10:  Repeat steps 5-9 until you have enough stitches to complete the repair.  Now finish by pushing the needle through close to the last stitch.
wpe4B.jpg (27416 bytes) Step 11:  Pull back to make the loop, and then pull the thread through like you did at the beginning during step 3.  
wpe4D.jpg (26710 bytes) Step 12:    Now both sides of the thread should be on the same side.  You can then remove and set aside the needle.
wpe50.jpg (29241 bytes) Step 13:  Tie off the ends with a couple of overhand knots.  Trim off the ends.
wpe53.jpg (25160 bytes) Step 14:  You should see a line of lock stitches on one side and ...
wpe55.jpg (23848 bytes) Step 15:  ...and a line of lock stitches on the other.  Congratulations!  You now know how to make long lasting repairs to packs and other heavy duty equipment right on the trail!