A new pieces of gear arrived this week: an inflatable sleeping mat. I have avoided inflatables like the plague for a variety of reasons, but finally decided to give one a try. If I don't use it, Yak certainly will! Due to a foot injury (hopefully a quick healing one!) a hiking trip wasn't an … Continue reading Temperature Limit Testing – Nemo Tensor Insulated & Feathered Friends Flicker
The tent might be done (the deadline approached much quicker than anticipated!), but I am still catching up on the videos and posts. After the mesh components were done, I moved onto putting together the roof panels. This was very simple: 3 seams, 1 of them cat cut but still mostly straight. The only tricky … Continue reading Kensho 2 Tent – Roof Panel Construction
Over the last two days I completed the mesh components: the inside doors and the mesh strips at the head and the foot. Due to having company this weekend, this is a silent film! Well, there is background music but nothing of me talking. I couldn't find a quiet time to do the voice overs. … Continue reading Kensho 2 Tent – Mesh Components
The bathtub floor is done! https://youtu.be/5ZtFToKI0N0 I ended up going with putting the box corner seam on the inside in the end. It looks cleaner on the outside, and I think it will be just as strong. The clincher was when I looked at how the mesh is sewn to the floor, and the way … Continue reading Kensho 2 Tent – Bathtub Floor Part 2
Usually I document everything with photos. In the spirit of learning something new, I tried something different. My first sewing related video. Wow, shooting video with a DSLR and editing it is quite the learning curve! Here's to first attempts! https://youtu.be/ii1J6MVmYw4 For those who do not want to watch video, the description of today's activities … Continue reading Kensho 2 Tent – Bathtub Floor Part 1
The second make-your-own-gear project of the year: the bug bivy! This was intended to be a modular pairing to my poncho tarp project. My hope for this piece of this equipment was to have a light shelter to survive the intense bug pressure here in the spring and summer that could be used alone or … Continue reading MYOG Bug Bivy – Construction and Performance
The MYOG gear tent project has begun! First things first: pattern and fabric preparation.
This whole 'budget' approach to GDT gear has mainly been going quite well! I really do have most of what I need (read more about that here). The only real consternation is my pack. My projected longest food carry (leaving Jasper) including food, water, and all gear is ~33lbs. My Osprey Tempest starts carrying uncomfortably … Continue reading The GDT Pack Dilemma
As much as I love gear, this is a budget trip! There are certainly many places that would benefit in either weight or functionality (or both!) from an upgrade, but my priority will be using gear I already own as I already have the vast majority of the equipment needed to do this trip. There … Continue reading GDT Gear Strategy
What happens when I should be studying for exams? Gear planning of course! The materials have now been ordered for one full hammock camping set up (hammock, suspension, tarp, bugnet), a bug bivy, a small solo tarp and an UL tent. Its should give me something to do while I wait for things to dry … Continue reading 2019 MYOG Spectacular Begins!