LTR - Sea to Summit - Big River - David Wyman
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Long Term Report - June 1, 2011
I made it down to the beach for a week in April, just outside of
Charleston, South Carolina, and was able to get quite a bit use out of
this dry sack. Two nights camping on the beach in 70 F (21 C) weather
and a sailing trip, on rougher seas than were expected, really let me
put the sack through its paces. One of the nights on the beach had
perfect weather with no rain at all while the other had scattered
showers that would last for a few minutes before moving on.
Additionally, I got out for a more normal, two-night backpacking trip in
Raccoon Creek State Park with temps in the 60s F (15 - 20 C) with one
small rainstorm while I was hiking.
Thoughts and Impressions
While camping on the beach, I had to deal with quite a bit of sand
blowing around and my tarp, which may have protected my hammock from the
rain, didn't protect anything beneath my hammock from the sand. I kept
my cooking gear and food inside the sack and hung it from one of the
straps I use to hang my hammock. It hung low enough to rest on the
ground and when I woke each morning, a small sand dune had formed around
it. I was grateful that the dry sack worked well enough to krep the sand
out. The second night had the addition of several scattered showers
which, when combined with the sand, really made a mess of the gear I had
on the ground but did not affect anything inside the dry sack.
I was also able to use the dry sack while sailing around Charleston. I
kept everyone's car keys, wallets, and cell phones inside the bag and
sealed it up. I left a decent amount of air inside to help the bag float
in case it went overboard but, fortunately, that didn't happen. The seas
got a bit rougher than expected and we got quite a bit of spray during
the trip but everything stayed dry inside the sack.
The trip to Raccoon Creek was a pleasant, two day and night trip. I did
get caught in one brief rainstorm while hiking and I was glad that my
sleeping bag and clothing were packed inside the dry sack. I also
discovered that the dry sack can function reasonably well as a pillow!
Since it was warmer out, I didn't have an extra fleece jacket to ball up
and use as a pillow so I sealed up the dry sack and left some air
inside. I then stuffed it inside one of my extra shirts to make it a
little softer. I also ran a small piece of cord through the tie-out and
clipped it to the upper/head end of my hammock - this kept the sack in
place all night long. It was a little large to be totally comfortable,
but it was certainly better than nothing!
Seems very rugged
Big enough for extra clothing or a sleeping bag
Works well as a food bag
Can be used as a pillow
None so far
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