This is a new, fun silly thread of un-patented ideas that can be of help in any realm of the outdoors. Everyone has some funky, cool way of doing stuff, here are simply another way. These may not be ‘original’ ideas!
FROLF Backcountry “Baskets”
Still being refined, this is the best invention lol after doing a few backcountry disc golf courses in the woods to play and LEAVE NO TRACE. There is no need for flagging then or anything to be left behind. Get some styrofoam camp plates and cut a hole or two in them. Run common household string through the plate holes. Carry about 6-10 climbing carabiners for the times when branches holding the pie-plate basket up don’t work and you need a carabiner to wrap around a tree and tighten the string secured it with the biner. Finally before leaving home, buy some red electrical tape from a dollar store and make an X across the plate. I have taken 10 or so pie-plate baskets in my knapsack along with food, water, clothes etc and they stand up fine, also they are super light and grouped together in a stuff sack they will be fine. The household string works great as opposed to old climbing rope or flagging; household string sticks to tree branches like bees to honey and can be molded around bushes and branches to hold your pie-plate stable on the tree or bush. Once they are all placed along the course, turn around, and start playing backwards removing pie-plates as you go, carabiner’ing them to the outside or your pack until they are all collected, keeping score if you so care.
If you have a very light weight photo, like foam board for example, instead of punching holes into it, try taking a metal ski hill pass coat-hanger and placing it onto the back of your photo. Bend it up slightly. Cover the ski hill pass in epoxy or strong glue, then once it dries, give it a robust layer if you like of duct tape or packing tape. Works great!
Outhouse Seat Cover
Those pesky new updated outhouses all have holes near the floor to let in fresh air, however if you have used them enough and you want to lay some toilet paper down on the gross toilet seat lid, you may notice that the slightest bit of air has those ripped off pieces of paper flying off your seat and onto the floor. Easy fix! Conservatively spittle onto the paper and as you lay it onto the seat lid it magically stays put!
Ski Pole Toilet Paper Holder
Stand your ski pole up in firm snow or soil, drop your toilet paper roll onto the handle and start unravelling! No need to hang it from a branch or in your squatting pants any longer. Yaay!
If a fast approaching hailstorm heads your way, and if you have a bouldering pad on hand, toss it atop the most exposed part of your vehicle and save a bit of damage- dry the pad out and after doing this a few times found no long lasting effects to the bouldering pad. Dodged some bad storm damage. Draping blankets around exposed parts helps too in a pinch.
Pad Dragging sans Partners
Not sure if this is a thing or not, never witnessed it myself. Many don’t require this technique if bouldering with friends who can grab the pads and place them below the downclimb for ya, however if you are alone, this is a possible method of using your pad for ascent and different descent, assuming that you bring a long enough stretch of sling to cover the height of the tallest boulder you plan to climb plus a bit more for dragging it along from the top and going around bumps etc. In short, dont skimp on the length of tat you bring it could prevent the ascent! Don’t drag pads over vegetation for obvious reasons. Requires two biners and appropriate length of sling.