Thursday, April 17, 2014

Final pictures of my completed daypack

I've tinkered with my day pack a little bit and now I am completely satisfied with it until I shred all the mesh. 

My home made hiking daypack is ultra light
I added some fabric to the back of the shoulder straps to help absorb and prevent sweating.  I also added some green shock cord that I actually paid for.

The final cost for my pack was about $8.00 in materials and thread.  The final weight is 11.5 ounces. Not bad.  I could have gone lighter if I had actually paid for any of the fabric but 11.5 ounces is just fine with me.

Side view
Final bit of tinkering added material to the back of the straps
to both absorb and help stop sweating.  I did this with my
new sewing machine so the lines are pretty straight.
Final weight 11.5 ounces
Visit this blog post to see how this pack was constructed.

While making my pack I learned that my sewing machine is a total piece of garbage.  My machine was so bad that the shop offered to sell me a different machine for $45, that is $5 less than the price of repairing my garbage machine, but even then the reverse would have been non functioning.

I told that shop that I would like to have a slight upgrade instead of the same model so they sold me a nice old Kenmore 158 for $75.  The older sewing machines are better then anything you can buy in the store as they were made to last.

The Kenmore has been serviced and it runs great.  I love it!  I look forward to doing more projects now that I have a sewing machine that actually works.

My new used sewing machine

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pack for sale

Custom converted to a roll top due to the fussy
top closure system that comes stock
I am selling my 2013 Gossamer Gear Gorilla pack.  My pack was custom converted to a roll top closure.  This pack has about 450 day hiking miles on it.  It is in good condition other than some holes in the mesh pockets and a small round stain on the hip belt pocket and some scribbling I did on the extension collar.  The holes are small and have been repaired.  This pack is freshly laundered so it smells great!

This is a small sized pack body with a medium sized hip belt.  Gossamer Gear packs run very long, so this should fit like a Medium in any other brand of pack.

Buying this pack will give someone a chance to test out an ultralight pack without having to sell their first born child.

$45 OBO plus shipping, local pick up is an option.
This thing sells for $185 plus $35 for the hip belt plus shipping when new.

Some holes in the mesh a prettier repair job could be
done with black colored thread

Freshly laundered so it smells great

This drawing has faded and all that is left is the hand writing
and parts of the tree trunks.  Draw your own design over it with a sharpie.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Urban "hikes" Coffee Creek trail

I'm feeling a bit anxious and out of sorts this week, also I think I am suffering from all the pollen in the air. I don't really feel like going out and doing a big hike in the Olympics, so I've been doing little hikes here in town.

Yesterday I went 5.5 miles and today I went 3.5 miles. There is a beautiful trail near my house that I can't access without either trespassing or driving a mile. A trailer park blocks the way and they won't let people pass to reach the trail. I think that is such a shame, I hope the city finds a way to make that trail accessible.

In the mean time I've been exploring some wastelands above highway 101. This is the dumpster diving of the hiking world. Hiking on ugly trails because they are close to home.

Abandoned glue sniffers camp

Abandoned glue sniffers camp
Abandoned glue sniffers camp


Neighborhood on the trail


Most of the "trail" looks like this

Monday, April 14, 2014

Moment tarp tent product review

Moment Tarptent

I purchased a moment tarp tent last winter and I have pitched it in my yard in the rain several times, but I have not taken it on a trip.  Seam sealing this puppy has been a hassle.   It's finally water tight now  If I ever purchase one of these new I will get it seam sealed at the factory.

I bought this tarp tent second hand from someone who was switching to cuben fiber.  It came with the optional 13 section pole to make it free standing, a Tyvec ground sheet and customer seam sealing.

I've owned the Tarptent rainshadow 2 for about ten years and I've never had problems with it leaking.  This was back when the factory did all the seam sealing (I think).  The rainshadow 2 kept us all dry but it does take some time to set up.  The newer rainshadows come with line tighteners and a few other things to make set up easier, but mine is an older model.

I am amazed at how easy it is to set up the Moment Tarp tent!  This is a great tarp tent for folks who don't want to fuss around with setup.  I would like to assume that when these are factory sealed they don't leak.

My Moment has been seam sealed 4 times now and I have it back out in the yard for testing right now and it seems to be passing, the leaking has finally stopped.  The problem was with the attachment points for the optional pole and for the interior pockets. 

This was enough silicone to seal this thing

The first time I re-did the pocket attachment points I used a diluted mix of silicone and spirits and then put the tent in my yard for a test.  It leaked.  So I wrote to Henry Shires, the man who makes tarp tents and he wrote back to me right away and suggested using undiluted silicone on the attachment points and putting some silicone in the center of the patch too as there might be a hole there.  Customer service at Tarp Tent is top notch.

So did as Henry suggested and the pocket attachment points quit leaking, but then the attachment points for the extra pole are leaking.  So I have now seam sealed those with undiluted silicone.  My tarp tent is finally watertight now.

After heavy rain and a dousing with the garden  hose the inside is dry
If I had just taken this tarptent out camping without testing it in my yard, it would have been a disaster!

What I like about this tarp tent. 

It is light
Set up is super fast
Comes with great customer support
Bath tub floor
Bug netting
Excellent customer service

What I don't like about this tarp tent

Seam sealing was a nightmare of trail an error
Too many seams on the ridge line and tent body
A bit cramped inside, in the rain I would probably get my sleeping bag wet with condensation since I toss and turn all night long.

This original moment tarp tent is for sale  $200 plus shipping.  It shows no signs of wear at all.  With the included extras (Tyvec ground cloth, seam sealing and 13 section ridge pole) it would cost well over $300 brand new.

Use the comment form to inquire about buying this or message mosswalks on facebook.

The inside is dry now

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dressmaker Dress Maker 7000 sewing machine manual

I've got an original dressmaker 7000 sewing machine manual for sale.
$11.99 including postage and it's yours.