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DIY Lightweight Backpacking Trowel - YouTube

A comparison of several backpacking trowels available for purchase online. I am comparing weights and costs according to manufacturers' specifications. I also share my own modified GSI Outdoors Cathole trowel, which weighs 2.1oz and costs only $5 - which in my opinion is an excellent value considering those variables! I used a power drill and a Dremmel tool to lighten the original "out of box" item by 1 ounce. The blade/tip of the trowel is sharpened, too, using the Dremmel grinding bit. The final result works very well in the field. Thanks for watching, let me know what you think... Since this video, I have removed every other rib in the handle, and drilled a bit more out of the scoop. Total weight is now 1.625oz. Not bad for 5 dollars.

My hiking partner was so impressed with the tent stake idea that she bought one, too. On our trip we discovered a third use for the Blizzard tent stake. She lost her spoon after the third night and never found it. Our fourth and last night she didn’t know how to eat her dinner until she realized the tent stake was shaped a little like a spoon. “It’s only been in dirt,” she said, rinsed it off, and proceeded to eat her Ziploc bag meal with the scoop end of the Blizzard. Yes, we’re hiker trash and not ashamed to admit it. So there you go. My perfect multi-use (x3) backpacking trowel so far is the .

Ultralight Backpacking Trowels - YouTube

Backpacking Trowel - Deuce of Spades - Katabatic Gear

A comparison of several backpacking trowels available for purchase online. I am comparing weights and costs according to manufacturers' specifications. I also share my own modified GSI Outdoors Cathole trowel, which weighs 2.1oz and costs only $5 - which in my opinion is an excellent value considering those variables! I used a power drill and a Dremmel tool to lighten the original "out of box" item by 1 ounce. The blade/tip of the trowel is sharpened, too, using the Dremmel grinding bit. The final result works very well in the field. Thanks for watching, let me know what you think... Since this video, I have removed every other rib in the handle, and drilled a bit more out of the scoop. Total weight is now 1.625oz. Not bad for 5 dollars.

There are many options out there for small backpacking shovels/trowels. In my personal experience, I found the Fiskars nyglass (nylon/fiberglass) fibercomp trowel wasn't the easiest to dig with on hard ground. I discuss two other digging tools borrowed from the gardening world and go into some of their features - The Hori Hori and the generic Zenport (aka A.M Leonard Soil Knife). The black handled Hori Hori on this website seems to have the best of each Hori Hori (a quality blade and an longer ergonomic handle.

I would love to hear some ideas around what you use to dig while backpacking.

Other cathole/dakota fire pit trowel/spade/hand shovel options not mentioned in the video are:
U-dig-it trowel - 5oz (advertised weight)
GSI Outdoors Cathole Trowel - 3.1oz (advertised weight)
Backpackers Trowel - 2oz (advertised weight)
Sea To Summit Pocket Trowel - 3.5oz (advertised weight)
Titanium Trowel/Spade - Two handed (weight unknown)
Mont-bell Handy Scoop - 1.4oz (advertised weight)
Coin Hunters Digging Trowel - used by metal detector hunters - (weight unknown)
Treasure Digger Recovery Tool - polymer - (weight unknown)
SMC Sno-Tent Stake - 1oz (advertised weight)
MSR Blizzard Stake - .81oz (advertised weight)
Suluk46 Titanium Trowel - .53oz (advertised weight)
QiWiz BIG DIG - .6oz (advertised weight)
QiWiz Original - .4oz (advertised weight)
Turning Point Mini Shovel - 26.2oz (advertised weight)
Turning Point Mini Shovel II - 19.8oz (non-company source)
Turning Point Mini Shovel III - 16.9oz (advertised weight, noted: without magnesium)