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How to: Use your rainponcho as a tarp

Multi-purpose is a great thing for ultralightweight backpacking. Using your rainponcho to cover yourself and your backpack during the day from rain, and using the same rainponcho to protect yourself from wind, fog, moist, rain etc. during the night saves a lot of weight.

Here I anchored it on a tree, but trekking poles or just a stick can be used as well. But the tree is the more steady option.

I have a guyline on each side to lift them up so air wont get trapped if the wind direction changes a little.

The rainponcho leaves plenty of space with this setup to keep your backpack and shoes dry too.

Here is the gear I used:


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Why sandals are great for thru-hikes

Most people don’t really think about walking in sandals for thru-hikes. Except for walking in very wet or very cold conditions or you plan to climb …sandals most of the time prove as a better choice.

Here is what you get:

  • No blisters
  • No swollen feet
  • No moist feet
  • No inflammations caused by too narrow shoes
  • Less energy needed to move
  • Less weight (about 2 kilos)

Most people do not get any blisters in sandals. Blisters come from a combination of friction, moist and heat. In sandals all that is reduced to a minimum.

Furthermore sandals are a lot lighter and easier to move and you use a lot less energy.

You save weight …about 2 kilo compared to walking boots. In summer conditions with low expectations of rain you can even go without rain pants and gaitors if you are using a rainponcho to keep your torso, backpack and shorts dry.

The best sandals I’ve come across is Ecco Offroad and Teva Terra Fi Lite Leather.

Ecco Offroad is definitely the most comfortable and durable sandal I’ve come across with no comparison. Teva Terra Fi Lite Leather is Teva’s model that comes closest, without being too heavy or bulky.