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Super Light Weight - Make Your Own for an AT Thru-Hike
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Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
an alternative hat brim stiffener on 08/31/2005 19:44:21 MDT Print View

Not being a gram weenie (yet, anyway) I've used, really like and will continue to use thru-hiker's timtex.

But if that's too heavy you might try fiberglass window sceen material. At my nearest hardware store, $5.00 bought a roll large enough for about 10 full hat brims.

The stock I bought weighs slightly less than 60% of an identical sized piece of timtex. It's not as stiff a timtex but it's the stiffest I've found at less than timtex weight.

Tim Garner
(slowhike) - F

Locale: South East U.S.
stiffener for hat, etc... on 10/02/2005 11:15:12 MDT Print View

bill & others... i recently used a new idea (new to me anyway) to make a belt pouch more user friendly. the pouch holds a compass, waterproof wrighting pad, & mechanical pencil. these are a few things i like to keep handy on the trail, but i`m more likely to use them if i don`t have to struggle to access them. if someone`s interrested, i`ll give more details but simply put, i made a pouch about 6 1/2" wide. that`s just wide enough to accept a circle cut from a 2 liter soda bottle. the pouch (& plastic stiffener) are about 3" tall. i also used the same plastic in a fabric belt loop. the home sewing machine sews it to the fabric easyly enough. the stiffened belt loop holds the pouch in place so it dosen`t flop around, making it easyer to use. i also taped a section of plastic a (straw-like) sleve to the inside of the plastic circle. this holds the pencil, making it easy to slide in & out. the pouch w/o compass, pad, & pencil weigh 2 3/4 oz. this is a prototype & could be done lighter. ANY WAY... i began to think of other ways to use this light weight, ready avalible plastic for other uses. one idea i`ve been thinking on is a layered (or shingled), warm-weather rain hat. the very thin plastic from bottles or flat desposable food containers might make an effective lightweight stiffener for a hat. mabey it could in some cases be slid into a fabric sleve & there fore be replaced or removed & used for other purposes? just a thought or two. thanks...slowhike

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Stiffener for a hat, etc on 10/02/2005 12:00:20 MDT Print View

Tim, That is a great idea. I did cut up some 3 Lt soda bottles once to see if I might be able to use it but decided it would not fold up/roll up very well if I wanted to pack it away.

Using the plastic material for a pouch or maybe some other things that don't need to be folded/rolled up, however is a great idea. I will have to save a few of my 3 Lt Diet Coke bottles.

I have cutup a few of those light weight cutting boards and used them for a few things. The soda bottle plastic would be lighter.

I have found a very thin foam material that one of these days will turn into my hat. The thin foam with Cuben material might, I do say, might work. It should be very light.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
#3 coil 2-way separating zippers on 10/31/2005 07:54:03 MST Print View

Moved from the thread about Ryan's Winter SUL Hike:

Roger Caffin Said:
(rcaffin ) SUBJECT NEW re #3 coil zips ON 10/31/2005 02:46:59 MST POST REPLY
> I have some light YKK 2-way separating zippers 26" long but want
> some 35" long. I am on hold waiting for a phone call to see if I can get
> them. They would be #3 coil YKK zippers. Very light.
Bill - you can buy #3 YKK coil zip in 100 yd lengths, with sliders, from OWFINC. I use it; works well.

Jim Colten Said:
(jcolten ) SUBJECT NEW Re: re #3 coil zips ON 10/31/2005 03:28:15 MST POST REPLY
This might be better located in the Make Your Own Gear section ....

But Thru-Hiker carries #3 36 inch separating zippers. Except that they are one way, not two. He carries #3 continuous coil and slides too.

To both Roger and Jim:
1st. I moved this post over here to the Make Your Own Gear Forum.

2nd. Unlike other kinds of zippers you can not make a 2-way separating zipper without special equipment. YKK makes this kind of zipper but only in Japan and DOES NOT distribute them in the US. They can be special ordered and they don't cost much per unit but if I order them through one of the YKK dealers they require 100 of each size or each different zipper and then they want a lot for shipping them from Japan.

3rd. I have the continuous zipper stuff but you can not make your own 2-way separating type of zipper. I can buy all the #5 tooth 2-way separating zippers I want but they are way to heavy.

Edited by bfornshell on 10/31/2005 07:55:26 MST.

David Plantenga
(IndianaDave) - F
Re: 2oz G6 Clone on 12/20/2005 09:58:45 MST Print View

( We need to start a SUL Think Tank and create the absolute lightest AT Thru-Hike Gear Set that can be "home-made".)

Bill, I've been following your threads for about 6 months and am fasinated with your genius. THANK YOU for sharing.

Have I missed your suggested thread of starting a AT Thru-Hike LiteGear ? I'm planning a 2007 attempt and have my Base Weight under 12 pounds that can see me thru a tested 25 degrees(F). No feathers,cotton or air. Way comfortable, warm and dry.

I'm currently attempting to create pack with a lite external frame and a sylnylon container. Your pix are a super motivator ... Thanks again!

I have a bunch of inovations and would share if I knew how to submitt photos on BPL's super service. The visuals really work for me. Like a picture is worth a thousand words?

If the AT T-H LiteisRight is up and going please share where?

Thanks again ...

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: 2oz G6 Clone on 12/20/2005 12:55:26 MST Print View

Just an amateur's suggestion on photos:

Log in, follow the directions to download your pics - into albums if you want - , then copy the 'tag' to the BPL posting window. You can shrink pics that are too big by adding into the tag, after the words" and before the > the following, adjusted for the height and width you want:
width="150" height="150"
so it looks like:
something/" width="150" height="150">

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Cuben/Tilley Hat/Health and Hiking on 01/26/2006 17:02:58 MST Print View

Hiking again? When my treatment started in Nov of 2004 I was told to expect about 2 years till I could get back to doing the things I used to. I didn't want to believe them and have tried to push that time table. For somethings I am ahead of that time table and for others I am not. Some of the side effects will never go away. I am learning how to live with them.

What I am is still alive and the cancer is dead. I am still in a lot of "follow-up" but the time between those visits get longer apart with each one. Some exams will last forever but go to 1 every 3 months and 2 a year. I had cancer in two different parts of my body at the same time so I am on a very pro-active exam program.

This is my first full week on my post recovery fitness program. I am doing 3 MPH on a treadmill (1 hour) a day this week and will ramp that up and add several exercise machines next week and more mileage and more exercise machines each week.

I know that isn't much right now but I haven't been able to do much of anything out of my yard since Nov 04. My fitness center even has treadmills that can be set to walk/run downhill 3%. Never saw one like that before. After about 30 days I expect my program to get real intense.

I really hope to be ready for a hike of a week or two in March or April. I want to do it on the South end of the AT but might have to settle for a trail closer to home.

So now it is sweat time and get back in shape.