I'm in the wauna/purdy area off of Hwy 302. I had to go to point defiance for an evolutionary biology lab project. Presently I'm going to Tacoma Community College for pre-pharmacy. I'm generally looking for people to hike with 99% of my friends can't fathom going hiking. My buddy Jesse is coming out on his first in a long time backpacking trip this weekend. Otherwise I've been hiking solo or with my girlfriend since i got out of the marine corp.
I've been contemplating setting up a gravity filter system with a frontier pro, but i need to cut some of the larger parts of my system out that add up to a lot...
look me up on facebook as firstname.lastname@example.org or my blog @ http://rooinater.blogspot.com i generally post a note on facebook when i plan on going hiking.
I haven't gotten around to removing the residue yet, it's not bad with only one use so far. I was just thinking a scotch brite pad since I have a lot of them lying around for waxing snowboards.
As for my Tarptent it's the one under the projects page, the Original Tarptent-for-2, on Henry shire's website. I use my trekking poles for the support. It was a MYOG project last year and the weight includes the stakes, guy lines, removable tubed floor and the extra netting. As for this year, until i can afford to buy some spinnaker and make the tarp on the 5yds to SUL article on BPL, I'll just be buying some silnylon and making a simple 5x9 solo tarp. As for the bivy I've been prototyping designs for and deciding exactly what i want... I have the zippers, momentum, silnylon, and no-seeum, i just need to get time and decide on the final design. Basically it will be a cross between a MLD bivy and a Ti-goat bivy.
here's the tarptent.
I shifted the floor to the high side about 6 inches and added the sag fix for the back high side since the last use. It worked well last time, so hopefully it keeps up.
I'm a sweater and always warm... but i haven't really gone hiking this early, except in arizona... and that doesn't count. So i'm still tentative on the warming layers that i'll be bringing. The Minima vest is about a 1/4 inch of synthetic insulation everywhere but the arms.