Monthly Archives: April 2012

Full Hammock Setup

So finally got some good pictures of my whole setup, tarp included.  Here is the list of my full setup for anyone who wants to know:

MYOG Gathered End Hammock with Stretchy Side Modification and adjustable ridgeline (1.9 Nylon 7.5ft long, 5ft wide) with MYOG Tree Huggers and Whoopie Slings all in a MYOG Bishop Bag – Total weight: 15.2oz

Wilderness Logics Tadpole Tarp with Zpacks Zline, Micro line locks and 4 MSR Ground Hog Stakes – Total weight: 11.2oz

Te Wa Custom Underquilt (40″ W x 35″ L stuffed to 35 degrees, I will add a Gossamer Gear Thinlight to this soon) weight- 9.9oz

Kelty Cosmic 35 Synthetic Women’s Short Mummy Bag – 2lbs 6oz    (NOTE: there are several times in the video where I try to call this a Sierra Designs product, I’m wrong.  Frankly I just picked up the cheapest, lightest bag I could find to get me started so I have no clue what I’m carrying!)

Total Current System Weight – 74.3oz or 4.6lbs    (Not bad for 2 of my Big 3!!)

 

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Wilderness Logic Tadpole Tarp

Several weeks ago I got the last in a long line of recent purchases in the mail, a Wilderness Logics Tadpole Tarp!!!  With this final addition of a tarp I am finally a fully outfitted hammock backpacker!  Sadly I’m experiencing camera issues so there aren’t any pictures yet, but I hope to have that resolved soon.  With the addition of my Zpacks 1.25mm Z-line spectra cord it weighs 11.2 oz.  Pretty light for a 1.2 Silnylon, 132″ x 92″ Hexagon Tarp.

The first thing that I thought when I opened it was just how small it was compared to my 2 man tent and even my winter bivy!  When packed up in its stuff sack it’s a bit smaller than my REI Minimalist Bivy but still is plenty big for a solid amount of coverage throughout the three big seasons.  At some point I’m hoping to make some DIY Cuben Fiber Grizz Beaks for use with this and any other tarps I buy!  The next thing I saw was the stitching.  I couldn’t have sewn it better myself, the quality is impeccable.  The tie outs even when pulled taught do not show any stress in the areas you’d expect.

I can’t wait to get out and give this tarp a good try.  I have a feeling I will be even more pleased with it the more I use it!

Best Birthday EVER!!

So my birthday was this week and I got some amazing gifts. From my In-Laws, I got a gift card to REI and my mom sent me some money and between that and my REI Dividends and the Coupon I was able to get some really cool stuff!

With my mom’s money I was able to update all my line to Zpacks Zline and some Micro Line Locks!  I got 50ft of 1.25mm Z-line spectra cord in bright yellow for my shelter.  I cut a continuous ridgeline and guyline for my new Wilderness Logics Tadpole Tarp (review coming) and added the Micro Locks to it all for a great weight savings of 4oz off the basic line from REI!!  I also got 50ft of the Z-Line Slick Dyneema Cord in Orange for my bear bag which saved me 2.8oz.  I specifically got the Spectra for my tarp because it is stiffer and has a lot of grip and the Slick Dyneema for my bear bag because it’s slick and that’s better for going over trees.

The other purchase I made was with my REI money and though the weight to cost savings wasn’t as fantastic as the Zline but it was probably the most fun thing.  With my 20% coupon, dividends, gift card, and what was left over from what my mom sent, I had just enough to replace my old Sierra Designs Micro Wind Jacket with a new North Face Women’s Verto Jacket!!  I’m really excited to add this piece to my gear kit because as some may remember I found this jacket last July and posted an article on it back then, so to finally get my hands on one of my own is really awesome and at 2.6oz for a Women’s Large it saved me 6.2oz over my old Sierra Designs jacket.  I can’t wait to get some use out of this and get a real review up.

So after changing all my line and swapping out my old jacket for my new one, I’ve saved 13oz.  That’s what I’d call a pretty successful Ultralight Backpacking Birthday!!

April Fool’s is not Funny!

I am taking a small break from my frenzy of gear reviews to post this PSA.  It has come to my attention that several of my fellow bloggers think that giving people heart attacks is funny.  Hendrik from Hiking in Finland and Brian from Brian’s Backpacking Blog and Phillip from Section Hiker thought they’d be funny and post some not so funny announcements today.  Well boys, I’m here to tell you it’s not funny.  It’s cruel and mean!  People like you should know better than to go around scaring innocent folk like myself!

…April Fool’s!!

Those were some top notch jokes you guys pulled off.  My hats are off to you, gentlemen.  It’s been a good long time since someone has gotten me that good!

Since so many of my fellow bloggers are doing April Fool’s Jokes I thought it’d be a great time to announce my April 1st Not Joke.  Richard and I have officially decided to move to Germany!  No joke here.  We don’t know how or when or even where exactly yet, we really just made the decision a week ago.  We are planning on working with the Christian Church there and Richard is going to finally get a chance to use his Bible and Theology degree!  I am personally excited to meet all the new friends I know we will get to meet and find new and interesting places to don my pack and explore.  I will be starting up a blog chronicling our journey getting to and living in Germany, Reimagining Reality.

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