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Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Perkio, Mar 6, 2014.
Only a few specks, but it's fun to find !
I've finally perfected my light source. You need a hat, you need a light. What better than a hat with a light? Various modes around...currently I like my beanie with two led's, sometimes I sleep with it. Homo Depot and Lowes have hats with lights. All my 'headlamps' I've given to the grandkids...such indestructible items lasted one day.
Just picked this out today......
Long thread, didn't read every one so I'm sure this repeats.
1. Light hatchet. Cheap, flat from a sporting goods store. Easy to put in bag w/ tent. Use flat side to pound in tent stakes. Not great as a hatchet but is a better hatchet than a rubber mallet or claw hammer.
2. Good tent pegs. Those formed AL things w/ the strings attached. You'll need the hatchet to pry the stake up if you inadvertently pound it into a tree root.
3. Insulated air mattress. The expensive ones use mylar insulation and are noisy. The cheaper ones use down so you can't blow up by mouth. They include a little cloth pump that I pump up with my knee. Air can be adjusted for stiffer or softer. Outer tubes slightly bigger to keep you on.
4. Good, light down bag and silk bag liner. The bag liner will keep your bag cleaner on long trips and can be washed with your other laundry. It will extend your bag temperature down about 5 degrees. I'm still using the used down bag I got for $30 when I was getting ready for Alaska trip.
5. Water proof gear bag. You see mine on the bike. The sleeping bag, air mattress, pair of jeans, flannel shirt, and dry undies go in that bag. Set up tent in rain and all that goes into tent at once and is dry.
6. Two chairs. Kermit for rallies. REI imitation Helinox for long trips.
7. Two stoves. Little propane thing for short trips. Whisper light that can burn unleaded gas for long trips (gives an extra liter of fuel for unknown roads).
8. I use a#4 Melita cone and filters for coffee. Bigger than the sloppy, small ones but still fits in a single cup.
I have been very interested in one of these but heard they are pretty damaging to the tent floor. what is your experience?
I looked at an OR and while I like and have a lot of their stuff, their cot didn't do it for me. I did wind up getting a Helinox cot and like that very much. I have added the floor saver and on most terrain I don't think the wear is going to be a problem. So far I have seen nothing to worry about.
I bought those little felt squares that you put on the bottom of chairs to keep the legs from scratching the floor. I cut them to fit and pressed them very firmly onto the feet of the Helinox cot.
Presto.....no wear and tear on tent floor.
Super cheap and easy,and you can just toss em if they get dirty or whatever. Also they are small enough to pop a couple of squares into your kit bag in case you lose one. In field repair.
The big thing I took away from my first Alaska trip, a month on the road camping is......
Really good sleep kit. A GOOD pillow, a good sleep bag, a good mattress. A cot if you have room and the coin for one.
Day after day of riding, good weather,bad weather,fighting the wind in the prairies, torrential rain for hours, I want a soft but supportive pillow to ease the knots in my neck and shoulders, a bag that will keep me warm and dry and a mat that will support my back and hips.
I didn't cheap out on my sleep kit but I found out what I could do better...for me.
As for sleeping system, I have found Big Agnes sleep system with wider bags that have a sleeve on the underside to hold your sleeping pad in place, never slide off sleeping pad again
I have had this cot for several years have used it in two different tents. Can't say it's damaged either, but have had the same concern . I sometimes slip the cot under the tent floor between the footprint and the bottom of the tent. They are a little fiddly to put together and repack. But sleep great!
I simply put the cot under the tent floor and the foot print. Your still laying on the cot, its just under the floor of the tent. Works fine!
Bluetooth speaker (when no one is around)
headphones (when others are)
ear plugs (when the batteries die but Perle are still around)
So, I found this site and bought a few things ....(dry bags for inside my soft bags)
The stuff is from China for sure but the quality is pretty good for the Price and it comes quick......
They have just about whatever you want....... Got some camp pillows coming now...... 2 for $24.....
If you like....? ...............
So it's one of those really low cots, right?
Luxury Lite Cot from Areostich.
Anyone know if these are decent cots?
I guess if you weigh under 140 lbs it might work for you.
We'll see. I just bought one to use on an upcoming 2 week trip.
It's smaller than my thermarest when packed.
It seems OK when tested in the backyard..
And they are a bitch to get out of when you wake up in the middle of the night with a cramp in your leg!!!!!!