Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
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kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Endgame? on 12/01/2005 18:09:34 MST Print View

Electioneering, eh? Ryan--you've been living around D.C. too long.
Hopefully, we will hear what the silent majority thinks. May the better list ( or some combination thereof) "win".

cheers!

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Re: Endgame? on 12/01/2005 18:20:28 MST Print View

a new page already, wow they just keep on coming.

Well, KD, the last 6 or 7 pages have been mostely me and you, and even though 90% of the time we were disagreeing, it has been great to talk to you. I hope RJ appreciates all this time we spent. but I am sure what ever gear Ryan takes he will survive, and even be comfoatable. (my list is just lighter :-P)

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Ryan Joradn and all, wee need your opinion on 12/01/2005 18:30:54 MST Print View

here is the two options for Jordans winter SUL trip. chose wisely

Ryans sub 5 list

Kevins sub 6 list

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
2 Lists for your reading pleasure on 12/01/2005 18:36:33 MST Print View

Fat and sassy--- Sub6

Lean and mean--- Sub5

What will it be, boys and girls?

Hilarious, Ryan ---greatminds think (sometimes) alike.

Edited by kdesign on 12/01/2005 18:37:46 MST.

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Completing the Layering system over VB on 12/01/2005 21:29:49 MST Print View

KD writes:

>> The goal is to provide a thermal "sandwich"...My solution includes Reed Pants below the belt and a Golite Ether windshirt.

I'm kind of puzzled by this -- especially the Reed pants. What layers do you envision in the "sandwich" under various conditions?

Thanks,

-Mike

Peter McDonough
(crazypete) - F

Locale: Above the Divided Line
Pads on 12/01/2005 22:14:05 MST Print View

The point of the dead air space is to prevent convection currents sense the individual fibers don't conduct heat themselves. If these holes are covered, convection is occurring anyway, and moving around would not significantly affect the insulating factor. We keep the holes comparively small because large holes(like those in big inflatble air mattresses) created air currents large enough to reduce the insulation factor. That is why drilling out 3/8" holes in the pad is a viable option.

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Layering rationale on 12/01/2005 22:25:56 MST Print View

I'm really not trying to be obtuse, Michael. :-)
By the way, I changed out the Reed Pants in favor of Montane Featherlights because in the conditions RJ will be facing only the VB clothing needs to be "non-breathable". It was also important to incorporate a pair of LW shell pants that have at least partial side zips to get them on and off over footwear. And still only 4 oz.

Various layering possibilities for "below the belt" over the VB pants:
Featherlights over MW tights over VB
MW tights alone over VB
Cocoon Pants over MW tights over VB
Featherlights over Cocoon Pants over tights over VB

I think this allows RJ a lot of options to help dial in his comfort levels.

Again, the MW tights or whatever layers that are used over the VB pants will be protected and made
more efficient by being protected ( from wind, flailing about in the snow, whatever) by the outer shell pants.

Hope this makes sense.
Signing off from the Web and this thread for the night.

Cheers.

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Re: Layering rationale on 12/02/2005 07:01:59 MST Print View

Mabey have cocoon pants and VB and tights worn, and pack the Featerlight pants.

how tight is the VB, are you sure he could wear them under a tight?

what about the 2.4oz montbell UL wind pants instead of featherlights

but I still like the layering system with VB pants, MW tights, and some sort of wind shell (U.L. wind or featherlights) with insulating pants packed (cocoon pants or down knickers)

Edited by ryanf on 12/02/2005 07:08:44 MST.

Bob Gabbart
(bobg) - F
wind pants durability on 12/02/2005 07:48:51 MST Print View

Are the wind pants going to be durable enough to live in most of the time? Pants like that allways seem to tear on me, snagged when climbing over a fallen tree or the like. What if we layer light weight soft shell pants over the VB for durability. Like Couldveil Inertia pants.

Bob

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
on wind pants durability on 12/02/2005 10:20:19 MST Print View

Bob, I own a pair of the Featherlights and they are amazingly tough for the weight. I'm comfortable in recommending them.

Ryan, I prefer windpants ( or any other kind of shell pants) with ankle or side zips for taking on and off shoes/boots in Winter ( and it was my mistake for not going that direction, earlier. The Insulated pnats/knickers should, I think, count towards base weight. They will very often be in the pack during actual travel ( taken out at rest stops and camp, mostly) . I suspect that the Featherlights are a bit tougher than the Montbells.

Edited by kdesign on 12/02/2005 10:49:39 MST.

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Re: wind pants durability on 12/02/2005 10:26:29 MST Print View

so final leg layering system is VB pants, MW tights, and featherlights worn and insul pants packed.

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
wind pants /layering on 12/02/2005 10:30:20 MST Print View

that's what I suggest.
mea culpa.

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
candle? on 12/02/2005 15:15:17 MST Print View

is RJ going to cook in his cave?
I havent used a snow cave so I dont know if this is what you do, but if he dose, than he may not need the 1oz candle to heat it up.

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
better to light a candle, than to curse a cold snowcave on 12/02/2005 15:47:34 MST Print View

RF--- circumstances could dictate that he cook in the cave if conditions were grave. He will probably be building caves, just large enough for shelter with good protection. I hope that he can if necessary build large enough to cook in, safely (vents).

Anyway, in snowcave living, you keep a candle lit to warm up the cave. Simply cooking will not keep a cave "warm"---the relative warmth will dissipate. one needs to maintain a long lasting source of heat
(although it does not need to be a very strong source of heat especially in a small cave).

I have seen "15 hr"candles that weigh about 1 oz. each. They never last that long but I think we could provide about 16-18 hr. of candle time (enough for 2 nights and a small reserve) for about 1.5 oz. I'm going to modify my list accordingly.

Edited by kdesign on 12/02/2005 16:03:20 MST.

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Winter SUL deadline imminent on 12/04/2005 13:03:58 MST Print View

Once again, Wed. Dec. 7, is the deadline to present the good Dr. Jordan with his Winter SUL March o' Death Gearlist. People should either choose one or else we will have to let RJ choose or borrow from each.

Links to 2 lists here (There are others on this thread, but their originators should provide links)---

Sub5

Sub6

The sub 6 lb. list that I have been working on is newly updated--see bottom of list for changes log.
The Skin Out Base Weights ( base pack weight + worn) of the 2 lists are (I believe) about 4 or 5 oz. apart.

RF, don't you think we should let him have some sort of knife/tool for this trip? Field repairs and all that, you know.
The joys of web access in developed rec. areas. Skiing has been great.

Edited by kdesign on 12/04/2005 13:06:47 MST.

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Re: Winter SUL line imminent on 12/04/2005 13:13:34 MST Print View

I changed canister, added knife, moved sunscreen to worn. and shaved those candles down to 1.4oz total ;-)

"the greatest comfort is a light pack"

P.S. whats wrong with RJ choosing for himself, people have had their chances to comment on the gear and I think RJ should get to choose what gear he will take, as long as he dosent choose your list, JK ;-)

Edited by ryanf on 12/04/2005 13:32:01 MST.

Bob Gabbart
(bobg) - F
sunscreen not in bpw? on 12/04/2005 15:15:51 MST Print View

Why is sunscreen not in the base pack weight in both lists? Seems like it should be.

Bob Gabbart
(bobg) - F
sunscreen not in bpw? on 12/04/2005 15:15:52 MST Print View

Why is sunscreen not in the base pack weight in both lists? Seems like it should be.

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Arc ghost instead of arc X on 12/04/2005 15:33:11 MST Print View

RJ is 5'8" right?

well a 5'10" arc ghost is anoly 14oz compared to 16oz of the X but they have the same fill weight, the only difference is the X has a heavier nylon. so why not Ryan usse a ghost instead of x to save 2oz but still have the same warmth?

Edited by ryanf on 12/04/2005 15:34:23 MST.

Bob Gabbart
(bobg) - F
ghost vs. arc x on 12/04/2005 16:37:34 MST Print View

Ryan,

There is more of a difference. The Arc X has a wider girth (same dimensions as the Arc Alpinist) so it should be able to better accommodate the Cocoon Belay Jacket under it. Also, I don't think Ryan has a Ghost and it would be expensive to buy a new Arc bag.

Bob