I am glad if the pack looks up to standards. Fortunately, I can't shatter that perception with close-up shots - I can't sew a straight line to save my life! Thanks again for everything you all have said - it's very encouraging.
Ryan, I have wanted a G6 since I first saw them, but as I've joked before, I'm a college student on a SUL budget. Although, Glen's newsletter today reports that he's selling the real deal G6 for $80! That's a great price, and almost makes my time not worth the sewing, especially when you consider the extra features, saved weight, and no doubt much improved construction quality of the pro pack. Also, I have pored over Ron's patterns on the SMD website - great stuff all around. The reason that I didn't give the tarp a cat ridgeline is simply that the silnylon was like 62 inches wide, and it was just easier to hem and attach guyout loops/reinforcement! Hopefully you've seen Brian's MacCat tarp page? http://www.outdoorequipmentsupplier.com. Brilliant stuff, nothing but good reports. And as far as my stuff comparing to Bill's - no way. That guy is the wizard of BPL. He probably made ten packs, three tarps, and another DAM in the time it took me to sew one pack - AND he modded his stove to boot! And all those pieces together probably weigh less than my pack does! My hat is off to Bill for his excellent work, excellent pics, and generous sharing of information.
Vick - not my first pack per se - I've started a couple, but always salvaged straps from other packs. I've also never made one with more than a main pack body, and certainly not one with a finished collar like this one. This is the first pack I've made that I would venture into the woods with ;). Thanks again for all your advice - while I didn't incorporate it on this pack, I have certainly filed it away for consideration/brainstorming.
Roger A. - lol! Gave me a jump there for a line or two...