Temperature Limit Testing – Nemo Tensor Insulated & Feathered Friends Flicker

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

Kensho 2 Tent – Roof Panel Construction

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

Kensho 2 Tent – Bathtub Floor Part 2

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

Kensho 2 Tent – Bathtub Floor Part 1

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

MYOG Bug Bivy – Construction and Performance

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 GDT Pack Dilemma

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