water dipper

Cut a small water reservoir in half and use it as a water scoop in small streams

Ever want to carry a scooping cup for those tiny pools and barely flowing water sources? You've probably also thought "I don't want to carry another half Smartwater bottle or small cup for that purpose." Too bulky and too much extra weight for the gram weenies.

Well, here's a light and refined solution: If you have a sixteen ounce bladder that isn't getting any use because it's too small to be practical, cut it in half. Now you have a nearly weightless dipper cup that disappears in your pack when it's not in use.

This tip was shared by Trail Ambassador Josh Bobcat Stacy.

June 30, 2014 — Brian Fryer