Make Your Own Backpacking Equipment

Make your own backpacking equipment for camping and hiking including instructions for a backpack oven, fillet board, fanny pack and crawfish trap.

| January/February 1978

  • You can make your own backpacking equipment for your next camping trip.
    You can make your own backpacking equipment for your next camping trip.
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  • You can make your own backpacking equipment for your next camping trip.

Make your own backpacking equipment for your next camping trip, using these helpful instructions.

Now — while winter's upon us — is the time to plan for the coming year's warm weather pleasures: camping, fishing, backpacking, and the like. And whether you're a neophyte in the wilds or a seasoned outdoorsman, cold weather musings about such activities bring to mind at least SOME essential camping gear that you don't have but wish you owned.

Well, Russ Mohney — author of MAKE IT AND TAKE IT, a new book on homemade equipment for camp and trail — wants you to fill in those gaps on your own . . . and his book contains simple, illustrated instructions for putting together 40 different rough-it-in-comfort devices. You need only take one look at his text to see that the man makes a good case for some fairly inspired self-sufficiency. (You name the camping necessity, and Russ has a way for you to create it yourself.)

Here, for starters, are five projects from the book so you can make your own backpacking equipment. Why not try one or more, just for what Russ Mohney calls the "pure, unadulterated fun" of it? It's never too soon to start gearing up!

From Make it and Take It by Russ Mohney, Copyright© 1977 by PacificSearch, Seattle Washington. Reprinted by permission. Available in paperback ($4.95) from any good bookstore or from MOTHER's Bookstore.

Homemade Backpack Oven

There are few outdoor arts that have progressed as rapidly as the business of eating. In the past few decades, we've gone from a bacon-and-beans fare cooked in a cast-iron skillet to such delicacies as turkey tetrazzini fixed in the backpacker's equivalent of a French oven. After a rather short evolutionary period, we have been blessed with every imaginable version of dehydrated, freeze-dried, enriched, and vacuum-packed food. And most require nothing more than a warm breeze to complete the cooking and serving processes.

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