Old school tent fabric, no need for sil or cuben or spin.
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David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Old school tent fabric, no need for sil or cuben or spin. on 03/21/2011 10:20:15 MDT Print View

Since lightweight waterproof synthetic fabrics are suddenly unsuitable for serious backpackers anymore, I thought "WWND?" (What would Nesmuk do?)

Recipe for waterproofing tent material (duck).

I have found nothing better for the purpose. "To ten quarts of water add ten ounces
of lime or four ounces of alum; let it stand until clear; fold the cloth snugly
and put it in another vessel; pour the solution on it and let it soak for twelve
hours; then rinse in luke-warm rain water, stretch, and dry in the sun." Cotton
duck treated in this manner has its capability of shedding water more than doubled.






From "Woodcraft" by George Sears
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Sears

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
"Old school tent fabric, no need for sil or cuben or spin." on 03/22/2011 19:10:14 MDT Print View

And with those giant Snowshoe Thompson skis, you must be able to carry as much as Nesmuk too.