Monthly Archives: July 2013
So I don’t know how this post never got published but I did this write up about the order I got from Zpacks for my birthday all the way back in April.
Birthdays are hard on Catalina Island. There are no shops, no stores and nowhere to buy anything except food anywhere near where our camp is. So when our birthday’s rolled around I knew we didn’t have a lot of options. That’s when Richard came to me and said that he would give me a budget and let me pick out anything for backpacking that I wanted. With my budget in hand I searched and scoured every gear site I could think of, reworked my gear lists 20 times and prioritized my needs and wants lists. Finally, after everything it came down to just a few things. I could have gotten a new bivy sack, a tarp, a wood stove, or a bunch of the little things I needed. What made my decision was that in several weeks we would be coming off the island and I would have access to my sewing machine again and my step dad and his garage full of tools. The bivy, tarp and stove are all things that I could make once I got back to civilization and would probably prefer MYOG versions of anyway. So I got a bunch of the little things that I’ve been needing but waiting until I had a big enough order to make up for the shipping.
I knew the store I was going to get my grab bag birthday from had to be Zpacks. There are so many things that a girl could want and a lot of things made the first list, but when it came down to the things I couldn’t live without, four things were left. In the end I got, 2 stuff sacks, 50 ft of Z-line spectra cord and the new pillow dry bag. The two stuff sacks are things I’ve been wanting for a long time but have just never gotten around to getting and I’m really happy they made my list. I got one mini stuff sack for all those little things that rattle around in the bottom of your bag like fire starter, first aid kit, you know the little things. I also got one of the small stuff sacks for my solo cook kit. I thought about going with one of their custom cook pot stuff sacks but the small stuff sack, as you can see, fits not only my cook kit but my cozy. The 50 ft of Z-line is of course one of those things that is always useful and I didn’t have any backup line currently in my pack so I needed some more.
My favorite purchase of the birthday was the pillow dry bag. It’s something new that Zpacks put out recently and I thought I’d give it a try. I’m really glad I did! I have to say I love this pillow bag. It is, as the website advertises, big enough to fit a down quilt. It also fits my fleece pullover or my puffy jacket. Frankly, it fits my backpacking style perfectly. I’m not a huge fan of wearing my insulation layers to sleep in so having a bag that keeps my quilt dry during the day and is a pillow stuffed with my daytime clothes is pretty much perfect!
So it was pretty much the best birthday ever. I got some things I’ve been putting off for some time and one really cool new toy that really fits a huge hole that’s been in my gear!