I had been wanting to hike the whole Superior Coastal Trail for a while! Last year I was able to do a section with a friend, from Agawa to Coldwater Beach and couldn't wait to come back to do the complete trail. I love the ever changing terrain, the views, and the scrambling. It might be slow going at times, but never boring!
After, ahem, outgrowing my previous sleeping bag and being unable to find something on the market that had the sizing and feature set that I needed, I decided it was high time to make my own!
The Aurora Sky Tent This is a project I have been very excited about! Ever since I made my Starry Night tent, I have been dreaming of an X-Mid made in a beautiful print. The 1p X-Mid has been my go-to tent for solo trips for the past two seasons. I love the 4 stake, … Continue reading Aurora Sky Tent: A DIY X-Mid
I finally solved my pack dilemma! I found the goldilocks of a pack for the GDT use-case that had been stymieing my gear list! Something that carries well at 20lbs, but also at 40lbs if needed, with the right feature set and a reasonably low weight: the newly released Seek Outside Flight in the Spectra/X-Pack … Continue reading Seek Outside Flight: First 50 Miles
Quick links to all the Kensho 2 Tent project pages and videos, as well as some finished photos. Kensho 2 Tent – Patterns and PrepKensho 2 Tent – Bathtub Floor Part 1Kensho 2 Tent – Bathtub Floor Part 2Kensho 2 Tent – Mesh ComponentsKensho 2 Tent – Roof Panel ConstructionKensho 2 Tent – Door ConstructionKensho 2 Tent – Putting It All TogetherFrontenac … Continue reading Kensho 2 Tent Project
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
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