Tested modified bug tent, and made hammock bug net!

Modified an old Stansports A-frame “Scout backpacking” tent that was not waterproof into a bug tent to be more airy…it is 54″ wide by 78″ long, and 36″ tall…. Unlike the original tent design, I added two more tie-outs on the sides, so that I could expand the feel of the tent and make it more spacious compared to original design. I was able to test it with the girlfriend on an overnighter in the Willamette National Forest. It is comfortable and very airy..perfect for the summertime! We put a Twin size air mattress in the tent, there’s still enough room for small gear on the sides, though ideally a Full size air mattress at 54″ wide would be preferable for two people so as not to risk rolling off the air mattress and landing on the ground. With the relative lack of privacy in the bug tent, we set up another small tent, a dome tent for use as changing room, and as back up tent should we need it.

Also made a bug net for my hammock, these pics are of it before I added another section of bug netting to extend it….and the stuff sack holds everything for hammock except tarp and tarp lines/stakes.

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Campsite on NFS 4695 past Humbug Campground; yes that is an army cot in the foreground, I forgot to bring proper chairs so we used that by the fire :)

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Another view of campsite, the tarp BARELY covers the tent, for rain, I would probably use a larger tarp.

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The bug tent under the bat wing tarp, the girl is in the tent testing it. I utilized a couple long poles for the support of the tent and tarp, if needed, one could dispense with them and use trekking poles or pitch from trees. The bug netting is 59×84 panel of polyester sheer curtain material from Kmart; I decided one panel is all it needed to make the tent a bug tent.

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Hammock bug net made of two panels of the same polyester sheer curtain material; shown with the under pad and the hammock; not shown is the new extension panel I added to it due to it being too small for the hammock really….. (accidentally ripped one side’s hole a bit bigger…)

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Hammock stuff stuffed into MSS bag; yes that is how bulky it is when not compressed; open cell underpad, top quilt, hammock, bug net, suspension straps are all in there. only the tarp stuff is separate.

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Nice thing about the MSS bag; the 9 strap compression system helps compress the stuff into this basketball sized unit…though on my pack, I don;t compress it as far, since I need it to be slimmer so that my MOLLE pouches and straps will fit.

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A view of the creek next to the campsite :) This creek, I’m not sure which one it is, but it feeds Brietenbush River which feeds into Detroit Lake from the mountain springs.

DSCN2063Another view of the creek, water is ice cold….brrr.

DSCN2064Different section of the creek.

DSCN2065Started a twig fire underneath a rotten log end that someone left behind.

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The stump getting on fire….it lasted for about 10-12 hours…..we had hot dogs for dinner that night :D

 

 

 

Gordon Road location scouting

Went on a location scouting trip for a group camping event…

Found a beautiful location, beautiful site….although if I had driven a bit further, I might’ve found another site near Gordon Lakes….

DSCN2025Campsite area, it is big enough for a few vehicles, tents, and kitchen site.

DSCN2026View of entrance of trail into the woods

DSCN2027Looking downhill on one side of trail

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Another view of the woods

DSCN2028Downhill on different part of trail, several sites in the interior of the woods could be good for smaller tents and so on.

DSCN2030Such beautiful view of the mountains from the trail

DSCN2031Looking up into the clear blue skies.. Yes that tree is still there, It is NOT falling down!

DSCN2032Nice little Madrona shrub growing.

DSCN2033A view of the mountain ranges…Consider that this is not as high an elevation as it could have been from the road….. I am impressed.

DSCN2034Another view of the surrounding mountains

DSCN2035Looking back East towards the campsite trails

DSCN2043Another shot of the forest and its underbrush developing.

DSCN2044Hammock test set up with small tarp, bugnet, underpad :)

DSCN2045Looking at the hammock site from a fair distance away, around 50 yards…it blends in OKAY in this terrain, from a helicopter or other mountains, probably not noticeable.

DSCN2046Another view of the hammock tarp set up; I only used 3 stakes, tying mostly to the trees.

DSCN2047A different angle showing the “beak” of one side.

DSCN2048Another growing Madrona tree

DSCN2049Twig fire! I picked up the trash after the fire, since previous occupants left some trash in the firepit.

DSCN2050My dinner for the day; Idahoan instant taters in a canteen cup!

DSCN2036My Hellcat pack system and day trip belt kit; I am a believer in being armed when walking the woods alone.

DSCN2037Other side of pack.

The Open cell foam pad, hammock, Kelty top quilt, straps and bugnet are all in the black MSS bag, while the tarp is in the very top pocket of the small “Recon” pack, which also holds my foods, water in 3 1 qt canteens, fire kit, stakes and ropes. My clothes are in the MOLLE Sustainment pouches on the sides, with one holding just fleece pull over and fleece throw blanket for additional insulation if needed, and the other holding the rest of my clothes.

I also have a small tube sack stuffed with left over open cell foam to use as a pillow for either neck or knees in the hammock.

My first aid kit is in the top flap’s bottom pocket, while I have another quart of water on the waist belt, and a pouch holding my compass, along with a medic pocket holding my trail snacks and granola bars.

 

Vintage Bicycles and Sisters, OR overnighter!

Picked up these two bicycles; a 1973 Schwinn Suburban ladies bike and a 70s Murray 3 speed bicycle, and went on an overnighter in Sisters, Oregon with the Other :)

First up; pics of the Sisters trip; I had forgotten to pack her hammock, so with the extra blankets and such I have, we made a ground sleeping system and the ground isnt hard due to a layer of forest duff; I asked her which she wanted to use, she immediately said the ground with the USGI bivy bag.

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view of area, facing the morning sun

DSCN2001the camp site; no rain that night, and super clear night..so bright I had to use a hunting/concealment poncho as a light break to sleep better. Hammock under pad works great in lows of 60s…

DSCN2002old burnt tree, with a new tree next to it

DSCN2003another view of a different part of Deschutes National Forest.

 

And here’s the 1973 Schwinn Suburban ladies bike; 5 speed GT100 rear derailleur, Schwinn rack which used to be a baby carrier, I removed the seat back and foot peg

DSCN2004view of the bike

DSCN2010other side of bike

DSCN2005Original schwinn rack

DSCN2006Schwinn Chicago headbadge

DSCN2011Original Schwinn Approved seat

DSCN2009Schwinn Approved Shimano GT100 rear derailleur

DSCN2008Dat funky cloverleaf chain ring

DSCN2007Schwinn Approved grips; original to the bike; not commonly found on these things presumably due to being hard or uncomfortable

DSCN2012Weinmann Brakes and cut down front fender

It originally had a WALD 535 twin basket rack, which I put onto the Murray Monterey 3 speed bike for my own use :)

DSCN1976Murray without rack; handlebar is the only badly rusted part on the whole bike, bought it at a church rummage sale for $5!

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DSCN2013With the WALD 535 Twin Basket rack mounted; the rack used to be mounted to the Ladies Schwinn via an U bolt, I went to Home Depot and found another U bolt with the right size base plate, and used that base plate to mount the rack to the seat stays.

DSCN2015other side, view of the large rack; I can put my laptop bag in there, with room to spare!

DSCN2014Detail of rack mount

DSCN2016Shimano 333 internal gear hub thumb shifter

DSCN1979Shimano 333 hub with shift cable mount system

DSCN1980Murray head badge metallic decal

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Murray metallic decal denoting 3 speed

DSCN1977Monterey script, I think it is actually painted, or it could be printed…not sure….no real sign of decal edges.

Well there you have it! I got a new rim tape to the front tire of the Murray, and the tubes aren’t leaking at the moment, though I have spare tubes just in case…. so far, I have only $5.98 total put into  BOTH bicycles….. The Schwinn ladies was given to me for free from a family friend..it was grungy and dirty….the Murray was also grungy and dirty, with flat tires and torn rim tape on the front wheel….I spent around 4 hours or so just cleaning the rust off best I can and washing and waxing the frames….and lubing, oiling what needs oiling, adjusting what needed adjusting and airing them up….they both ride pretty good.

Location scouting and Hammock Underpad design!

Went on a location scouting trip yesterday, and I would’ve stayed the night, if I had brought bug spray and bug netting……oh well. Moose Creek is the location, it is off the same road I went for a day trip a while back, but closer to the main highway and on the creek itself….

DSCN1983The walk in site, which have trees at good distances apart for hammocking, were I to camp with a group,  I would mount the hammock one end on the tree further back, so as not to have the tarp lines too close to the fire.

DSCN1990short walk in trail from the dirt road parking; behind that campsite, is a trail down to the creek;

DSCN1982a view looking out from the campsite;

DSCN1984Looking NW from the dirt road, the main road, Moose Creek Road (or as Google Maps says, Moose Mountain Road) is behind the berm, you can see one campfire ring in the picture;

DSCN1985view looking East; there are three more campfire rings in the area; two far back, and one to the left (North)

DSCN1986one of the campfire rings; the ground is rocky here though, but this is a good place for vehicles, air mattresses, or cots…

DSCN1987The sign at the South West end of the area; next to where dirt road stops at a gate; which means the area South of this and to the East, is not open to unauthorized vehicles ,I am not sure of hikers though.

DSCN1988A Notice posted by Sweet Home Rangers; detailing that some sites in the area may become day use areas or closed to camping due to trash and dumping of things…I did not find such evidence, perhaps it had been cleaned up before.

DSCN1981Made myself a nice little twig fire with esbit as a starter…..one thing I dislike about esbit is that it leaves a film of gross stuff on the canteen cup….

DSCN1991Moose Creek from the bridge, the campsite I scouted, is to the left, East of the creek, while there are other campsites to the West of the creek, and several more up the road leading North east up into the mountain..

And I decided I wanted to test this hammock under pad I made from a Wal MArt mattress topper; unlike blue Closed Cell foam, Open cell insulates best when not compressed; so hanging it like an under quilt helps a lot…..

Under Pad first testFirst test set up,

Under Pad endThe ends are not against the hammock, so I needed to cut it so that it conforms to the hammock

Under Pad revised 1Ah revised; these triangles are where I cut the material of the foam, so as to make a shape; Also, I cut the pad down to 48 inches long, and it is 50 inches wide, being a Full size width.

Under Pad Revised 2MUCH better; no load in the hammock….I laid in it and it is warmer….some drafts though, but I will be adding the poncho as an under cover, until I can get silnylon for the under cover;

Under Pad suspension triangleDetail of the suspension triangles for mounting hammock under pad and under quilts; I will be revising them to include plastic toggles so I can just loop the under pad suspension to the triangles instead of tying knots.

Hellcat Backpack Rig and backpacking FOOD!

OK So I decided I wanted to see how much room I would have by packing the ALICE pack on top of my system, instead of the small Recon pack; turns out for 4-5 days with a polyester fleece pull over and a rain coat, I have more than enough room in the main pack, and the MOLLE sustainment pouches are now only half full of food; which means I could in theory, bring a lot more foods for a much longer backpacking trip…. DSCN1971I know it looks rather bulky, BUT it holds a lot more than I thought..

DSCN1972everything laid out. Clothes are all in the main ruck, hammock and top quilt goes into stuff sack; canteens and cup goes into two pouches on main ruck, hammock hanging straps, stakes, cordage, and mini stove goes into center small pouch on main ruck, foods go into MOLLE sustainment, hydration bladder, 64OZ/3L goes into a pouch between ruck and frame.

DSCN1973clothes for three or four days, depending on conditions. I can add another shirt and another pair of pants in main ruck and still have room…..

DSCN1974foods and cooking and such;

Ben’s rice, Zatarin’s Rice, Idahoan instant potatoes, Marie Callendar’s Quick Sides, Ramen Noodles and granola bars; all require only hot water to be cooked in; hence the steel canteen cups. small Esbit stove with tabs, first aid kit, wand lighter, knife, and gloves are also shown. I will be adding GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts) along with jerky and possibly candy bars for the backpacking trip soon. Might also add something with more protein, like foil packed chicken and peanut butter….(to spread on tortillas…)

What else am I missing?

Total weight!

with 1 gallon of water, it comes out to 40 pounds or so; which isn’t that bad honestly…clothes made up for 9 pounds, water made up for almost 9 pounds (round up to 9 due to canteens and bladder weight); pack is 11 pounds empty…rest of the weight is in foods and hammock/tarp/top quilt, and misc things. I may pick up a water filter and reduce weight by removing half of the water, may reduce more by getting lighter pants and clothes, foot wraps instead of socks….I’m not sure yet. I walked a few miles with this rig, and it is pretty comfortable…. I could reduce the pack weight even further by going to a different external frame pack but it isn’t as comfortable….so I am not sure.

comments are welcome! :)

Modified a Thrift Store Kelty mummy bag into a top Quilt!

Scored a Synthetic Kelty mummy bag from a thrift store; tested it in store, its a little tight fit in its stock form, so after looking up other designs for mummy bags into top quilts, I found one that works with the Kelty’s shape, because it doesn’t have a peaked hood and a head hole like the other mummy bags, I did not need to remove the tiny “hood” from this one, and I decided to cut it in the middle going down around 50 inches, this gives me a nice foot box to keep my feet warm, and allows me to tuck the sides in. I am not sure which synthetic insulation this one is, but it feels MUCH warmer than my camo Great Land underquilt, and only weights 3 something pounds according to my fish scale….

Kelty Mummy Bag to Top Quilt 1basic Top quilt for hammock camping; top view, the top panel has two layers of insulation, while the bottom panels have only one, it was originally meant to be clipped to a pad of some sort, but because I’m a hammocker, and I dislike having to deal with zippers when in hammock; I cut it in the “back/bottom” and sewn the edges into hems  and now it is just a top quilt with a foot box.

Kelty Mummy Bag to Top  Quilt 2Back view of the topquilt, I didn’t do a perfect job of making sure my scissors stayed in the center of the back panel…..zipper is still on, I will be removing that later on and sewing the panels back together.

Two Hammocks under a single tarp; Bat-wing and Hex shaped tarps!

So after the day outing at Moose Creek, I decided that the Bat-Wing tarp may be large enough to hang two hammocks underneath, and decided to also try the Hex shaped tarp as well for a two hammock hanging set up;

Using 8 stakes, and two poles, The Bat-Wing tarp is set up below, great for summer/dry weather hanging!Bat-Wing Tarp Double Hammock 1

view of tarp and two hammocks under; this is a temp rig with two straps holding both hammocks, for camping, I would be using two long 2″ wide straps with two hooks on each ends, so that it is more effective and sturdy.

Bat-Wing Tarp Double Hammock 2Side view;

Bat-Wing Tarp Double Hammock 3view underneath; the main panel in the middle is approximately 57″ wide, plus 17″ wide triangles with 57″ bases; this provides just enough overhead coverage. And yes I am using whoopie slings on both hammocks, along with the spreader bars.

And with the Hex tarp I made, which still needs to be waterproofed;

DIY Hex Tarp Double Hammock 1SO MUCH COVERAGE. Though it is a bit short on the Ridge line, I think that can be solved by moving the tarp closer to the ground a little bit, so I will be figuring out the tarp suspension for this particular tarp later on.

DIY Hex Tarp Double Hammock 2Half the number of stakes and no poles; this is by far a much lighter option!

DIY Hex Tarp Double Hammock 3A lot more room and coverage, this set up with possibly trekking poles holding one side up in “porch” mode would give the two of us room to sit and cook on stoves, or just sit and chat…..if we aren’t in the hammocks laying and chatting. There is enough room under this tarp for some privacy, though I’ll be bringing a smaller tarp/curtain for privacy screening.