So, my first DIY sewing experience went quite well. I had never used one before when I uncovered my grandmother’s old thread injector. Not a very steep learning curve compared to other skills. I had 12’ of 1.1 ripstop nylon. That is 1.1oz per square yard. It was 64” wide. The first thing I did was trim 7” off of the long end. I sewed a rolled hem on each edge, leaving a channel for suspension. After the hammock was finished I used some of the leftover material to make a bishop bag for it. After all was said and done, I came out with an 11’ hammock that, with suspension, only weighs 9.8oz when in its stuff sack and packs down to a smaller size than a nalgene bottle.
I can’t seem to get my gf to send me the pictures from our hike and I just haven’t had the time to upload the pics from the Sierras. I have been keeping busy with work (thanks, Bass Pro :|) and making more gear. I recently uncovered my grandmother’s old sewing machine, and a couple days later got it up and running. Since then I made a new ultralight hammock and a bishop bag (2-sided stuff-sack) for it. I suppose I can upload those pictures, for the sake of uploading pictures.
I am still working on uploading pictures from my trip to the sierras, because my tablet is absolute trash and doesn’t like to upload anything.
I also took another trip to Colorado this last week, where my girlfriend and I got to go on a very nice hike that I will try to get pictures from as well to post. We ended up spending the night at a rest stop (ooooh, scary) and guess what? We weren’t kidnapped or murdered. Again, pics coming soon, whenever I can get them from her!
Also, Colorado is looking like a better and better place to live all the time…
Hey guys, sorry about the radio silence! I have been busy with my new job, making gear, etc. Anyways, here’s an update!
Here is my summer set-up for camping. When I don’t need a tarp, this should keep me warm down to at least the mid-40’s. The hammock is one I made from a crinkle taffeta tablecloth, and with the suspension it weighs in at a whopping 459g (~16.1oz). The tree straps weigh 99g for both (~3.5oz) and the toggles weigh 4g for both (~.1oz)
I made the under quilt from a poncho liner I picked up at a local surplus store, and some shock cord, s-biners, and cord locks I got from REI. The PLUQ, in stuff sack, weighs 702g (~24,76oz). I could cut about an ounce off if I trimmed some excess shock-cord. Assuming I don’t need a tarp or bug-net, this set-up is all I need for warmer months.
If my math is correct, that’s 1264g for the set-up, or ~44.6oz, or ~2.8lbs. Not bad, But I feel like I could still get a little lighter. Happy hanging, folks, and as always, HYOH!
This picture was while climbing Mt. Baldy/San Antonio. Going up the bowl. It was a little steep, but always fun. This trail is so much better when there is snow than when it is dry. Too bad the wind kicked up at the summit and my hands started to freeze. When there is snow you also get to glissade down the bowl if you feel confident enough. It is great fun until the asshole you passed coming down from the summit kicks up a rock that almost breaks your arm as it is careening down the mountain. I also thought this looked like a good ad for Bolle sunglasses :p
I don’t know why I never got around to posting it before. I really need to get out and climb more mountains. In the words of the great John Muir: The mountains are calling, and I must go.
Bolle Vapor sunglasses
Alpine Design Dri-logic long sleeve base layer top
The North Face Apex jacket
The North Face Summit Series shell
No-brand thermal underwear
Bass Pro brand Pro Qualifier Gore-Tex powder pants
Keen Warm™ boots
No name crampons
The North Face Windstopper gloves
REI dual layer hiking socks
The North Face Spire 45 backpack (not the lightest, but this son of a bitch has gone everywhere with me and has probably saved my life a couple times. Also, I lightened it a little by taking out the stiff backplate)
How many of you have ever been planning a backpacking trip and thought, “I don’t want that dehydrated salty crap they sell at REI and Bass Pro”? Well believe me, you’re not alone. Luckily for us, this generous, generous man who goes by the handle Babelfish5 has created some tasty, low-fat, easily dehydrated and rehydrated trail meals and has posted the recipes for all of us! Yes, this is me shamelessly promoting, because I dunno about you all, but I can’t wait to try that red beans and rice recipe! At any rate, HYOH, and happy hanging!
P.S. seriously, I hope there will be pics coming soon of my trip that should be happening next week up in the sierras.
Hey everybody. So my laptop decided to commit suicide, sad day. I have an old work tablet that I just recently downloaded the Tumblr app for, and it has taken me ages to figure out how to upload posts (also sad, I realise). In other news, hopefully next week I will be getting some pictures of my camping trip up at Gull Lake. I just got a new job at Bass Pro Shops, it is just unfortunate that they don’t have any ultralight stuff for me to use my fancy discount on.
In other news, I just received my 180’ spool of Zing-It throw line in the post, so it is time for me to go splice some ropes in anticipation of the arrival of my new Silnylon tarp!
Perhaps the simplest outdoor snack to cook on the campfire.
Hey followers! Sorry for the radio silence! In other news, thanks, @liammcclure for the delicious submission! Definitely going to try this in the near future; perhaps while I am up at Gull Lake next month!
Fun fact: I am also an ACA certified whitewater guide. I love to be on the river. So far I have been on the Klamath, the Deschutes (twice), the Flathead, and the Lower Salmon past the confluence with the Snake (3 times). I received my training for a week on the Deschutes and then the next week on the Flathead, but I’d have to say my favorite (obviously) was the Lower Salmon.
This is a good class III-VI river, especially depending on the season, and has tons of history to go along with it. The group I’ve gone with likes to start at Hammer Creek and end at Heller Bar after joining the Snake River. Compared to the other rivers that I’ve been on, the huge sandy beaches of the Lower Salmon are unmatched for camping and recreation during a long trip. Along the river you can see big horn sheep, petroglyphs, and couple-hundred year old mines.
During Lewis and Clarks expedition with the Corps of Discovery, the Shoshone helped them by directing them in the correct path towards the pacific ocean, telling them that there was no all-water route and that they would have to traverse the Bitterroot Mountains. Lewis and Clark recognised that had they not run into the Shoshone people, they probably would not have completed their journey.
Alas, I digress. The Lower Salmon is a great river with some fun rapids like Bodacious Bounce, Snow Hole (I have a good story about that one when I was training another potential guide), China Rapids (ride the nice wave train; the carnage route isn’t as fun as it sounds), Slide, and many other, smaller, rapids that make it a hell of a trip. The only bad part is the aptly nicknamed “Snake Lake”. It seems like if we didn’t paddle we would mover back upstream! At any rate, I would suggest this river to anyone who wants to get into rafting.
Tl;Dr: The Lower Salmon to the Snake River is a great 5-6 day run ripe with history, sights, and fun rapids. Now get your asses outside and have an adventure!
PS - It is worth mentioning that only one of these pictures was of me. The last one. I am the tan one with long hair (not anymore) and my buddy Jimmy is the really pale one. We were interrupted during bath-time to demonstrate flip drills. I lost my bottle of Dr. Bronner’s during those drills :[ In other news, go get yourself some Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap for camping, rafting, backpacking, etc. It’s all-purpose, biodegradable, and organic!
I had to reblog this because it is another shot of the over-water bungalows in Bora Bora. Every time I see these they start looking better and better. And what is that island in the background? Looks perfect for hiking/exploring! I think we have a winner.