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Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Gear testing on 07/15/2012 18:49:25 MDT Print View

Took another trip to the snow and because we had poor visibility we limited the walking about to just getting to the mountain and one brief walk in two days.
So I had plenty of time to test several bits of gear that were either new to me or I have had and never used.
First the Notch proved to be able to stand up to some snow.
I can get changed and fiddle a bit inside but ideally I would like more space but at 700g bits having a bivvy...
A tale of two TTs

Next I finally used my DIY lantern. (55g with a 9 hor candle (lasts 7 hours...))
It works . Nice to have a warm glow for the very modest weight.
Franco's lantern

We spent the first night at the trailhead (arrived there in the dark and was raining) so I used my Little Ripper to cut a couple of long branches to light the fire in the provided pot belly stove.
(I did not want to use the wood from the nearby (locked up but accessible to me) pile of wood.
The next day I used it again inside the hut near to where we set up the tents.
Very happy with the result. The wood I cut was from about 5 to 10cm wide (2"-4")
Should work well for the guys that use stoves inside their tents or winter touring where huts are accessible.
Little Ripper

Another item I tried was a down vest. Had this for years but never really fitted with my layering system, however it did this trip.
That took the place of a fleece layer and turned out to be a very nice pillow (I have a silk pillow case (ex silk liner) to catch my dribbles, so it is used inside the sleeping bag.

Again I used the Summerlite with the WM Flash top and pants. (did the job)

My Exped DM let me down the first night, had to pump up it again at around 4 am after I already topped it up just before going to sleep at 10PM or so.
The next night on snow it remained pumped up so I put that down to error 17.
(error 17 is the code name in the software industry for user error (the problem is 17" away from the screen...)

Again I took my "heavy" but turned out to be very useful Mora knife.
That produced shavings and kindling needed to start the fire (I prefer that to the "firestarters" everybody else had with them..
Mora Amore

So not much walking at all (nice snowshoes run down the mountain coming back..) but some useful testing was done.

(the first morning Vinnie the resident Park Ranger pointed out his picture pic on the weather forecast sheet.. that was funny cause I looked at that sheet the night before and did not see the pic)
(it was dark and my mate Brett had a very good single malt with him that he insisted in sharing, it would have been bad form to refuse)
Wheather forecast

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Gear testing on 07/15/2012 19:14:10 MDT Print View

I like the green Microsoft ruler.


Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Gear testing on 07/15/2012 19:53:39 MDT Print View

I am still trying to prove that Bill Gates is my real father
(like it or not, Microsoft rules)

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
"Gear testing" on 07/15/2012 19:56:14 MDT Print View

Tell us more about the Exped downmat. Is this the new iteration or the old standby with the twisty nozzle that fits into the stuff sack/billows? that's notorious for leaking. I'm really curious about how the newer, lighter version performs in snow.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Gear testing on 07/15/2012 20:36:02 MDT Print View

I have an older version with a slow leak and have given up trying to find it...
This one is the newer built in pump DM7.
I think that the first night it was a combination of pumping in warmer air and not closing the valve fully . (it sorts of makes a popping sounds when it is closed correctly)
(Unlike many I am the first to admit that when something goes wrong the problem was probably between my ears...)
The second night it lost a bit of pressure by 4-5AM but not enough to wake me up , I realised that because I had to have a pee.