Folding Shovel

12:15 p.m. on October 27, 2010 (EDT)
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Ok guys, I need a new shovel for backpacking. My old shovel weighs in at like 100lbs :). I am in need of a light weight, strong, well made shovel for cat holes, and sometimes a small fire area. I wasnt able to find any reviews here. Any juggestions?

2:07 p.m. on October 27, 2010 (EDT)
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Doesn't sound like you really need a shovel. A trowel should do just fine for the catholes and small fire area.

What would you need a shovel, especially a folding shovel, for on a backpacking trip anyway? If you were winter camping and needed a shovel for a snow shelter, that's another story.

6:54 p.m. on October 27, 2010 (EDT)
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Ok, I need a trowel. :)

6:58 p.m. on October 27, 2010 (EDT)
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I've got a little orange plastic one-came from REI, I think. You could probably pick up a metal one at any home garden store for a couple of bucks.

If you want a real shovel, I recommend the Voile Mini.

7:02 p.m. on October 27, 2010 (EDT)
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I'm still not seeing much on the reviews. Though a trowel might be the way to go. I have been carring a heavy folding shovel for years. I'm just looking for a better way.

7:25 p.m. on October 27, 2010 (EDT)
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http://www.rei.com/search?query=TROWEL

Here's some toilt reading for ya.

7:52 p.m. on October 27, 2010 (EDT)
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So whats best a plastic one or SS? I'm edging to the SS that folds. A little heavier but I think it might last longer

8:01 p.m. on October 27, 2010 (EDT)
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I've been on a buying tear this year. Replacing my old shovel has always been on the list. But I put a new tent, rain gear, cookware, backpack, UCO candle. chair, water filter, sleeping bag..... ahead of it. And I truely dont know what most people use. But I do know it is time for this old thing to go! I mean it weighs more than my sleeping bag and tent put together.

8:15 p.m. on October 27, 2010 (EDT)
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I got a stainless steel folding trowel from Wal Mart. I would not use anything else. It weighs 6oz but it works. Alot of areas I go are too  rocky to try and use a plastic trowel.

11:24 p.m. on October 27, 2010 (EDT)
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Montbell has a titanium trowel weighing 1.4 oz. available at Backcountry.com and elsewhere, if you're interested.

12:39 a.m. on October 28, 2010 (EDT)
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I just have the old orange one and it works ok... The link I posted shows a green trowel from GSI and it looks really nice for what it is after all, it actually has serrations on it so that it can penetrate soil better.

8:08 a.m. on October 28, 2010 (EDT)
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Stick, Rock, Trekking pole tip, or boot heel. Never needed a shovel for a fire area or a cat hole. Unless your digging a fox hole I don't think a shovel or trowel is really needed. True, one makes said tasks a little easier, but, it's not overly hard to get by without it. I hike in the Northeast where the soil is VERY rocky, and no issues.

10:00 a.m. on October 28, 2010 (EDT)
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I've thought about buying one of the SS shovels but my plastic one has held up very well and done everything I've needed, even in rocky soil. They are very durable and strong. I can't imagine myself hiking without a shovel, tho I have had to make do without at times. By the time I finish my morning coffee I don't want to spend the extra time it takes chipping away with a stick.

11:35 a.m. on October 28, 2010 (EDT)
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Ummmm.... It seems that the plastic ones do hold up well. And they are cheaper, lighter than the folding SS ones. I'm going to take your word on this one.

Just picked up the GSI outdoor cathole

Thanks for your input on this

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