getting out the old sewing machine...
- I 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.
- Hi Heather,
If you decide to do a velcro pocket on the Hennessy,
make sure you put darts in the fabric so it billows
out. Also, you might want to contain the down in
something if you want it to be removable. I was very
careful and STILL got down everywhere. Finding bits of
it in my clothes still.
My pack is just made of some umproofed 2 oz ripstop
nylon. I didn't see the point in ordering special
waterproof material from America. All my commercial
packs leak, so I though I'd just buy the $1 a metre
stuff and have a very, very cheap pack. All my
is in double layers of silnylon anyway.
Let me know how you go with it.
--- fugglesrastus <fugglesrastus@...> wrote:
> I just had a look at your hammock. It looks good to
> me, I have a
> similar problem with a cold back from compression of
> the down of my
> sleeping bag. So I may try an addition, like yours,
> to my hennessey
> hammock to help with insulation for winter camping.
> Im thinking I
> may sow in a nylon pocket to stuff some extra down
> in, with a velcro
> close area, then in the summer months can leave the
> extra down at
> home, when its hot.
> Just wondering what sort/typ of material you made
> your pack from, as
> I am considering makeing my self a new pack due to
> my old faithfull
> is getting rather tired, and real light packs are
> not readilly
> available here in New Zealand.
> Cheers Heather
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Aris Dennis
> > My new warmhammock is finished!
> > I followed Rick's instructions, and put 4 oz of
> > loft down in it. I now have around 3 inches+ of
> > under me.
> > Thw whole thing, with 2mm spectra support ropes
> > stuff sack weights 535 grams (19 oz).
> > I'll be testing it in a couple of weeks around
> > freezing.
> > I also bought some silnylon and am going to make a
> > by 10 foot fly, ala Rick and Ray Garlington.
> Wonder if
> > this will be wide enough to protect the down
> > from side blown rain?
> > Aris
> > (who's packweight is now getting so light he's
> > happy with it...)
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