If I’d only had a multitool when…
I was talking with friends recently about whether a multitool has a place among camping gear essentials, and it dawned on me that it seems everyone has at least one story of pulling a MacGyver and achieving the impossible without the aid of one of these versatile tools – and then buying a multitool shortly after.
One such story came from my good friends who were section hiking the AT through Virginia. After a week of using their Whisperlight and struggling get it lit, they attempted to make a homemade alcohol stove – what seems like an easy feat to anyone who’s watched enough YouTube videos.
But after prodding at a can with a small knife, attempting to bend it into the right shape with various tools and nearly slicing their hands to bits, the duo found the final product was a sad sight and hardly effective, forcing them to turn back to their finicky gas stove.
Had a multitool been around, it would have been a breeze to shape one of these lightweight stoves, thanks to the pliers, knives, screwdrivers and can openers often found inside them.
So be sure to throw a multitool in your hiking backpack and give yourself a leg up on the trails.