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Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina on 02/27/2010 20:26:34 MST Print View

I've started a website called Right now it's focused mostly on my personal experiences with lightweight backpacking. In the future I want to expand it to be much more. It's still a work in progress (one week old) so any constructive criticism is welcome.

Thanks for taking a look.


Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Looks Great on 02/27/2010 22:04:38 MST Print View


It's looking great. I'd love to see some more pics from those trips you have posted, if that's possible.

I look forward to watching it in the future.


Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Looks Great on 02/27/2010 22:43:12 MST Print View

Looks good, I like your "mini tent"


David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
"" on 02/27/2010 23:19:55 MST Print View

NIce job!

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: on 02/28/2010 00:53:20 MST Print View

Sweet dude, I like seeing people's personal backpacking websites. I'm visitor #71!

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: on 02/28/2010 05:42:31 MST Print View

Many thanks guys! I'll try to add more pics and trip details (i.e. route, where to park, regulations, etc.)

Thanks, Jamie

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: on 02/28/2010 07:31:55 MST Print View

You should setup an email address.

Also, some of your weights are a good bit off in your spreadsheet. Ex. the precip jacket and pants. You have the jacket @ 8.8 and pants at 5 but the real weights are closer to 13 for the jacket and 9 for the pants. Another is the Marmot Hydrogren. You have it at 19 ounces but the real weight is more like 25 ounces.

Philip Delvoie
(PhilipD) - MLife

Locale: Ontario, Canada
re: on 02/28/2010 07:52:40 MST Print View

Looks great Jamie.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: re: on 02/28/2010 11:38:31 MST Print View

visitor #122...very nice nice mini tent you have there.

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: on 02/28/2010 11:43:58 MST Print View

Chris, Thanks for catching the weights. I copied over one of the tabs this morning to add the LW tab. The weights were left over from the other gear. I will get this fixed.

edit: it should be fixed now...with corrected weights the LW list is now right at 12 lbs.

Thanks, Jamie

Edited by jshortt on 02/28/2010 11:59:41 MST.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Like it on 02/28/2010 13:07:11 MST Print View

I like it just fine as is but I'd second the motion for the rest of the pictures. Also I'd be curious to know exactly how you made that tent? I for one might try and make one of those at some point.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent on 03/01/2010 15:11:22 MST Print View

Nice kit !
Cute mod of the Virga.
Looks to me that the guyline from the bottom tip of the beaks could be tied a bit lower on the pole for a more even tension.
Please disregard this suggestion if you find it offensive.


Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: on 03/01/2010 17:28:31 MST Print View

Franco, Thanks for checking out the website. I have changed the front guyline so it runs to the ridgeline. This seems to improve the pitch significantly.

The inspiration for the tent came from the book ...

"How to Make your own Lightweight Camping & Hiking Gear" by Vick Hines copyright 1981

The book shows a tent with beaked front narrowing to a small end with beaks that sets up with a single pole from 1981.

I reworked all the dimensions and changed the way the floor worked and added vents along the side of the floor. I would also like to give credit to Ron Bell's Serenity Shelter. Though the concept is really different, the Serenity size gave me insight as to what were the minimal dimensions a person could work within. I didn't replicate the Serenity size though. My dimensions are more appropriate for a tent versus an interior net tent.

I am working on a new design that should improve on the current design. Keep checking.


Edited by jshortt on 03/01/2010 17:47:27 MST.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent on 03/13/2010 19:10:54 MST Print View

Yes, that provably did not sound the way I meant it...
The Virga was certainly not the first modified A frame shelter on the market.
As you hint at, with the comment about the Serenity shelter, most tents now start with a certain design in mind and then trying to improve or adapt that for one's own use. Same with most things really.


Acronym Esq
( - F

Locale: TX
Re: on 05/16/2010 02:55:03 MDT Print View

I really like the presentation. The colors and the layout are slick.

If it's not too late to offer constructive criticism... In your left menu, add a new section called "Technique." Things that go in Technique are:
- "LytW8 Process"
- "How to pack LytW8 gear..."
- Tarp Pitch methods (lifted from Lightweight Testimony and expanded on)

Impressive site.

acronym 5/16/2010 3:54 AM