I received a package from www.thru-hiker.com today containing stuff for various upcoming projects:
Here's what I'm planning to do this winter and spring:
Spinntex stuff sacks, I think the kit has enough material for 5, some of them will be part of a birthday gift for my brother (I know he isn't reading this blog so I won't ruin the surprise by writing this). He's joining me this summer for a week long trek in the mountains and he needs various gear before we leave. He got an Alpkit sleeping bag from me and my dad for christmas, a Pipedream PD400 (-3 C 750 fill power), so the process for equipping him is well underway ;). Speaking of Alpkit, it's a company well worth checking out. They have lots of smart gear for a reasonable price, great service and fast shipping. Highly recommended. Take a look at their Filo down jacket (£ 75.00), Hunka bivy (£ 33.00), Gordon dry sack (£ 18.00) and MytiMug (£ 25.00)
More about my projects:
Liberty ridge pants. I've already got a pair of Montane Featherlite pants, but I find the DWR very shortlived, needing to be reapplied often with Nikwax TX-direct or the like. I was impressed by the DWR of the Momentum while making the Minimia vest, so I think these will work better, and of course be custom fitted.
Silnylon poncho, maybe 2 if I have enough silnylon and my brother wants one.
A 17 oz Momentum quilt. This will be my first quilt and I have a gut feeling that it will be a success being the restless side sleeper that I am. I plan to make a drawstring closure at the head end, and to have straps at the bottom.
I also bought two rolls of hydrophobic thread, 6000 (!) yards yeach. These are huge and will surely last a long, long time.
I am gradually acquiring a lot of gear, more than I really need. My plan is to try stuff out to see what works best for me, and then sell or give stuff away to family and friends. Selling may be a bit hard here in Norway because there are very few UL enlightened people around. Shipping abroad is very expensive, so that's not really an option.
Almost forgot to mention that I won the Platypus raffle over at hikinginfinland.blogspot.com - yay! Thanks Hendrik!
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