13893getting out the old sewing machine...
- May 26, 2006I got out the sewing machine for one last (well...maybe the second
or third to last) project before the thru-hike attempt. I finally
made skins for the hammock tarp and the body. A couple of skinny
tubes for the tarp, and a couple of fatties (16" circumference) to
contain the hammock, Pea Pod, bug net, and sleeping quilt, already
assembled. The skins are blaze orange, since I got a good deal on
blaze orange silnylon from Brawny. I elected to make the fat skins
pretty roomy so as not to compress the down Pea Pod more than
necessary, and to allow me to switch from thinner to thicker
sleeping quilts/bags as the fall comes on. I also find the
annoyance of having to cram something into a too-tight space to be
much greater than the space saving said slightly-too-small package
I'm taking this arrangement with me this weekend on a three-day hike
north of Damascus. This is theoretically the final shake-down hike
before I leave for Maine July 1. I'm pretty happy with the result.
The sleeping system takes up a lot of the inside of the pack but
it's slippery and compressible so it's easy to pack stuff in and
around it. Pack weight this morning with 2.5 days food and 1.5
liters of water was 23 pounds. That includes some stuff I haven't
carried with me on previous section hikes, like the Pocket Mail and
The last couple of little sewing projects I've got planned are
pouches attached to the backpack for keeping glasses, map, etc.
closer to hand.
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