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Backpacking and the stuff that goes with it.

Pyramid, Customer Photo


In the San Juans in Colorado. 

-Russell Biser

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What kind of animal is that?


Rabbit, Cat, Dog?

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Two Person Bivysack Sale


Save up to $30 on a two person bivysack.

https://bivysack.com/shop/ols/products/bivysack-two-person

Two Person Bivysack

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Sagebrush Mariposa Lilly


We called them Sego Lilly as a kid, the Native American Name. This one was near Tum Tum WA on the south side of Long Lake.

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Outdoor Privacy Shade/Fabric Test


Shade for a hot spot on the lawn that also blocks one of the neighbors cameras from looking into our backyard. Made of very lightweight 30 denier silicone coated nylon, this will be a good test of the fabric to see how long it holds up to daily UV light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other pictures are of another of the neighbor’s camera’s seen looking out from our couch.  Amazing this isn’t against the law. Also amazing is the creepiness of the neighbor. Time for another screen since he placed the camera above our new fence.

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Nylon Thread Test, B69 vs Flat Overhand Knot


Two overhands rolled up again the third. Then the thread broke at the knot.

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Dyneema Thread Knot Test, The Flat Overhand Knot


Will 3 flat overhand knots in Dyneema thread stop a loop from untying under force?

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WA State Outdoor Recreation Phase 1 and 2 Guidance for Covid-19


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 Outdoor Recreation Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase 2 – Update No. 2 

COVID-19 Requirements 

Included Here: 

– Staffed outdoor tennis facilities public and private 

Guided ATV, paddle sports, and horseback riding 

– Guided fishing 

Go-cart tracks, ORV/motocross facilities, and participant-only motorsports 

– Gondolas 

– Zoos 

All other activities substantially similar in operation and equally able to meet the requirements mandated by this memorandum. 

All staffed outdoor tennis facilities (public and private), guided ATV, paddle sports, horseback riding, guided fishing, go-cart tracks, ORV/motocross facilities, participant-only motorsports and substantially similar activities operating during Phase 1 and 2 must adopt a written procedure for employee safety and customer interaction that is at least as strict as this procedure and complies with the safety and health requirements below, including recreation-specific guidance. 

Safety and Health Requirements 

All staffed outdoor tennis facilities (public and private), guided ATV, paddle sports, horseback riding, guided fishing, go-cart tracks, ORV/motocross facilities, participant-only motorsports and substantially similar activities operating during Phase 1 and 2 have a general obligation to keep a safe and healthy facility in accordance with state and federal law, and comply with the following COVID-19 worksite-specific safety practices, as outlined in Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation 20-25, and in accordance with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries General Requirements and Prevention Ideas for Workplaces and the Washington State Department of Health Workplace and Employer Resources & Recommendations at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Coronavirus/workplace. 

Employers must specifically ensure operations follow the main L&I COVID-19 requirements to protect workers, including: 

  • • Educate workers in the language they understand best about coronavirus and how to prevent transmission and the employer’s COVID-19 policies. 
  • • Maintain minimum six-foot separation between all employees (and customers) in all interactions at all times. When strict physical distancing is not feasible for a specific task, other prevention measures are required, such as use of barriers, minimize staff or customers in narrow or enclosed areas, stagger breaks, and work shift starts. 
  • • Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks as appropriate or required to employees for the activity being performed. Cloth facial coverings must be worn by every employee not working alone on the jobsite unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under Department of Labor & Industries safety 

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  • and health rules and guidance. Refer to Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements for additional details. A cloth facial covering is described in the Department of Health guidance, https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/ClothFacemasks.pdf. 
  • • Ensure frequent and adequate hand washing with adequate maintenance of supplies. Use disposable gloves where safe and applicable to prevent transmission on tools or other items that are shared. 
  • • Establish a housekeeping schedule that includes frequent cleaning and sanitizing with a particular emphasis on commonly touched surfaces. 
  • • Screen employees for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 at start of shift. Make sure sick employees stay home or immediately go home if they feel or appear sick. Cordon off any areas where an employee with probable or confirmed COVID-19 illness worked, touched surfaces, etc. until the area and equipment is cleaned and sanitized. Follow the cleaning guidelines set by the CDC to deep clean and sanitize. 

A site-specific COVID-19 Supervisor shall be designated by the employer at each job site to monitor the health of employees and enforce the COVID-19 job site safety plan. 

A worker may refuse to perform unsafe work, including hazards created by COVID-19. And, it is unlawful for their employer to take adverse action against a worker who has engaged in safety-protected activities under the law if their work refusal meets certain requirements. 

Employees who choose to remove themselves from a worksite because they do not believe it is safe to work due to the risk of COVID-19 exposure may have access to certain leave or unemployment benefits. Employers must provide high-risk individuals covered by Proclamation 20-46 with their choice of access to available employer-granted accrued leave or unemployment benefits if an alternative work arrangement is not feasible. Other employees may have access to expanded family and medical leave included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, access to use unemployment benefits, or access to other paid time off depending on the circumstances. Additional information is available at https://www.lni.wa.gov/agency/outreach/paid-sick-leave-and-coronavirus-covid-19-common-questions. 

No business may operate until it can meet and maintain all the requirements in this document, including providing materials, schedules and equipment required to comply. Additional considerations may be adopted, as appropriate. 

All issues regarding worker safety and health are subject to enforcement action under L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). 

  • • Employers can request COVID-19 prevention advice and help from L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). 
  • • Employee Workplace safety and health complaints may be submitted to the L&I DOSH Safety Call Center: (1-800-423-7233) or via e-mail to adag235@lni.wa.gov. 
  • • General questions about how to comply with the agreement practices can be submitted to the state’s Business Response Center at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/how-you-can-help/covid-19-business-and-worker-inquiries. 

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Staffed Outdoor Tennis Facilities, Public and Private 

RESTART COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 

All tennis facilities should stay updated on advice from the United State Tennis Association’s recommendations for players: 

https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/usta-statement-on-safety-of-playing-tennis-during-the-covid-19-v.html 

And for facilities: 

https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/playing-tennis-safely–facility-and-programming-recommendations.html 

Tennis is viable and relatively low risk, however there are additional precautions that need to be in place to ensure the safety of players, tennis facility staff and officials. In order to operate, the following requirements must be implemented at staffed outdoor tennis facilities. 

Tennis Operations 

These items will be assessed, and potentially modified, on a weekly basis. Any facility planning to reopen on May 14, 2020, must comply with the following: 

1. Utilize on-line or phone reservation systems to pre-pay and limit interactions, and restrict payments to credit cards only to eliminate the handling of cash. 

2. [Deleted] Please refer to the memo on customer logs. 

3. During Phase 1 of Safe Start Washington, only singles tennis is allowed if players are from different households. Doubles tennis only allowed when all four members are from the same household. In Phase 2, restrictions on doubles tennis participation are removed. 

4. Regularly sanitize counter tops, door knobs, other common surfaces, cash registers, score posting kiosks, and other frequently touched surfaces including employee used equipment. 

5. Players are required to bring their own tennis balls. 

6. During Phase 1 only one-on-one instruction with social distancing. During Phase 2 only instructions groups of 5 or less with social distancing. 

7. Install signage to discourage group congregation, or to limit numbers of people in a certain area. Players will be reminded to be especially mindful of social distancing in the parking lot, and around courts. 

Where necessary, warn repeat offenders. Encourage frequent handwashing especially before and after matches where frequent hand-to-face contact can occur. Consider providing tissues, a receptacle for 4 | P a g e 

used tissues, and hand sanitizer by the courts for use prior, during, and after matches. Ensure any receptacles are emptied often to prevent any overflow especially in outdoor areas. 

8. In Phase 2, competitions without spectators are allowed. Competitors must practice social distancing when awaiting a match and must leave when their match is completed. 

9. Keep up to date on all changes issued by the Office of the Governor, the Department of Labor & Industries, and the Department of Health. 

10. Ask players to leave the facility immediately after playing to eliminate congestion/gathering on the property or in the parking lot. 

Other Facility Operations 

11. Increase the number of hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility. 

12. Increase frequency of HVAC system filter changing. 

13. Ensure restrooms are frequently cleaned and appropriately sanitized throughout the day. 

14. Food and beverage services must conform to curbside, delivery, and dine-in restaurant requirements. Vending machines may be used as long as sanitation wipes are provided for customer use, an appropriately sized receptacle for used wipes is in the immediate vicinity, and that receptacle is emptied regularly preventing overflow especially in outdoor areas. 

Guided ATV, Paddle Sports, Horseback Riding, other Guided Outdoor Activities 

RESTART COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 

Guided ATV, paddle sports, horseback, hiking, climbing, rafting, and bicycling tours and instruction are viable and relatively low risk, however there are additional precautions that need to be in place to ensure the safety of customers and staff. In order to operate, the following requirements must be implemented: 

Guide Operations 

These items will be assessed, and potentially modified, on a weekly basis. Any business planning to reopen this service starting May 14, 2020, must comply with the following: 

1. Utilize on-line or phone reservation systems to pre-pay and limit interactions, and restrict payments to credit cards only to eliminate the handling of cash. 

2. [Deleted] Please refer to the memo on customer logs. 

3. During Phase 1 of Safe Start Washington clients for guided tour trips must be all be from the same household with maximum of 8 participants. In Phase 2, groups of mixed households allowed, with a maximum of 8 households and a maximum of 12 individuals in a group. In Phase 2, overnight trips are allowed. Socially distancing still required between participants of different households. 

4. Users need to bring their own pens to sign waivers or use hand sanitizer when using digital devices to sign waivers. 5 | P a g e 

5. Create adequate space for physical distancing during tour check-ins, and when outfitting customers. 

Use visual markers for reference. 

6. When outfitting participants with helmets, gear, protective clothing, and lifejackets, staff will maintain social distance. All gear must be sanitized between each use. 

7. Where necessary, stagger tour departures to minimize contact between staff and groups of participants. 

8. Develop cleaning protocols that allow for proper disinfection of helmets, gear, protective clothing, and lifejackets after use using CDC and EPA approved products. Regularly sanitize counter tops, hand rails, door knobs, and other common surfaces. Have hand sanitizer available for staff and clients. 

9. In Phase 1, shuttle transportation only allowed for groups where all members are in the same household. In Phase 2, mixed household groups are allowed only if social distancing while transporting is maintained. 

10. Require customers to cancel if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, or new loss of taste or smell and ensure that they can reschedule with no penalty when they are feeling better. 

11. Keep up to date on all changes issued by the Office of the Governor, the Department of Labor & Industries, and the Department of Health. 

Guided Fishing and Charter Boat Excursions 

RESTART COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 

Guided fishing is an activity that is viable and relatively low risk, however there are additional precautions that need to be in place to ensure the safety of customers and staff. In order to operate, the following requirements must be implemented: 

Guide Operations 

These items will be assessed, and potentially modified, on a weekly basis. 

Any business planning to reopen this service starting on May 14, 2020, must comply with the following: 

1. Utilize on-line or phone reservation systems to pre-pay and limit interactions, and restrict payments to credit cards only to eliminate the handling of cash. 

2. [Deleted] Please refer to the memo on customer logs. 

3. During Phase 1 of Safe Start Washington, only guided fishing trips with up to two clients at a time are allowed and all clients must be from the same household. Social distancing must be maintained. In Phase 2, charter boats are permitted to host up to twelve customers from up to eight households. Boats with 8 or more customers are limited to one customer per nine feet of rail space. Social distancing must be maintained. 6 | P a g e 

4. Require passengers to bring and wear masks or facial coverings on the boats. Crew members are also required to wear masks or facial coverings on boats. 

5. Users need to bring their own pens to sign waivers. Digital devices must be sanitized between each user to sign waivers. 

6. Consider the space provided for each customer when determining the maximum number of people allowed onboard. Ensure there is 6 feet of rail space between each person, or 9 feet of rail space if there are 8 or more customers onboard. Limit the number of passengers permitted in the cabin at any one time to provide adequate spacing unless there are safety issues such as weather or sea conditions. 

7. In Phase 2, overnight boats are allowed. Physically distancing is still required between participants of different households. The bunks pads and all bunk room surfaces and hand holds should be cleaned and disinfected between each trip. 

8. Create adequate space for physical distancing during tour check-ins, and when outfitting customers. 

Use visual markers for reference. 

9. When outfitting participants with protective clothing and lifejackets, staff will maintain social distance. When social distance is not possible staff will wear appropriate PPE, including masks or facial coverings. 

10. Where necessary, stagger tour departures to minimize contact between staff and groups of participants. 

11. Develop cleaning protocols that allow for proper disinfection of fishing gear, protective clothing, and lifejackets after each use using CDC and EPA approved products. Regularly sanitize counter tops, hand rails, door knobs, and other common surfaces. Have hand sanitizer available for staff and clients. 

12. In Phase 1, shuttle transportation only allowed for groups where all members are in the same household. In Phase 2, mixed household groups are allowed only if social distancing while transporting is maintained. 

13. Require customers to cancel if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, or new loss of taste or smell and ensure that they can reschedule with no penalty when they are feeling better. 

14. Keep up to date on all changes issued by the Office of the Governor, the Department of Labor & Industries, and the Department of Health. 

Go-cart Tracks, ORV/Motocross Facilities, Participant-only Motorsports 

RESTART COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 

Go-cart tracks, ORV/motocross and participant-only motorsports facilities provide activities that are viable and relatively low risk, however there are additional precautions that need to be in place to 7 | P a g e 

ensure the safety of customers. In order to operate, the following requirements must be implemented at staffed outdoor facilities. 

Facility Operations 

These items will be assessed, and potentially modified, on a weekly basis. 

Any facility planning to reopen starting on May 14, 2020, must comply with the following: 

1. Utilize on-line or phone reservation systems to pre-pay and limit interactions, and restrict payments to credit cards only to eliminate the handling of cash. 

2. [Deleted] Please refer to the memo on customer logs. 

3. During Phase 1 of Safe Start Washington, only members of the same household shall travel together to recreate at these facilities. 

4. Regularly sanitize counter tops, door knobs, other common surfaces, cash registers, kiosks, and other frequently touched surfaces including employee used equipment. 

5. Users need to bring their own pens to sign waivers. Digital devices must be sanitized between each user to sign waivers. 

6. During Phase 1, only one-on-one instruction with social distancing is permitted. 

7. Install signage to discourage group congregation, or to limit numbers of people in a certain area. Customers will be reminded to be especially mindful of social distancing in the parking lot. 

Where necessary, warn repeat offenders. Encourage frequent handwashing. Consider providing tissues, a receptacle for used tissues, and hand sanitizer for use prior, during, and after events. Ensure any receptacles are emptied often to prevent any overflow especially in outdoor areas. 

8. During Phase 1, no additional spectators are allowed beyond users and household members who have travelled together. Users must practice social distancing when awaiting a race or use of the facility and must when it is completed. 

9. Keep up to date on all changes issued by the Office of the Governor, the Department of Labor & Industries, and the Department of Health. 

10. Ask users to leave the facility immediately after they are done to eliminate congestion/gathering on the property or in the parking lot. 

Other Facility Operations 

11. Increase the number of hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility. 

12. Ensure restrooms are frequently cleaned and appropriately sanitized throughout the day. 

13. Food and beverage services must conform to curbside, delivery, and dine-in restaurant requirements. Vending machines may be used as long as sanitation wipes are provided for customer use, an appropriately sized receptacle for used wipes is in the immediate vicinity, and that receptacle is emptied regularly preventing overflow especially in outdoor areas. 8 | P a g e 

Gondolas/Lift Chairs 

PHASE 2 RESTART COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 

Operations 

These items will be assessed, and potentially modified, on a weekly basis. 

Any gondola operation or similar operation to reopen starting on May 26, 2020, must comply with the following: 

1. Utilize on-line or phone reservation systems to pre-pay and limit interactions, and restrict payments to credit cards only to eliminate the handling of cash. 

2. Please refer to the memo on customer logs. 

3. During Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Safe Start Washington, only members of the same household are allowed to ride in the same gondola cabin or chairlift chair. 

4. Regularly sanitize gondolas cabins, lift chairs, counter tops, door knobs, other common surfaces, cash registers, kiosks, and other frequently touched surfaces including employee used equipment. 

5. Install signage to discourage group congregation, or to limit numbers of people in a certain area. Players will be reminded to be especially mindful of social distancing in the parking lot, and around exhibits. Warn frequent offenders. 

6. Encourage frequent handwashing. Consider providing tissues, a receptacle for used tissues, and hand sanitizer for use prior, during, and after activities. Ensure any receptacles are emptied often to prevent any overflow especially in outdoor areas. 

7. Keep up to date on all changes issued by the Office of the Governor, the Department of Labor & Industries, and the Department of Health. 

8. Ask visitors to leave the facility immediately after they are done to eliminate congestion/gathering on the property or in the parking lot. 

9. Increase the number of hand sanitizing stations throughout the space. 

10. Ensure restrooms are frequently cleaned and appropriately sanitized throughout the day. 

11. Food and beverage services must conform to curbside, delivery, and dine-in restaurant requirements. Vending machines may be used as long as sanitation wipes are provided for customer use, an appropriately sized receptacle for used wipes is in the immediate vicinity, and that receptacle is emptied regularly preventing overflow especially in outdoor areas. 9 | P a g e 

Zoos 

PHASE 2 RESTART COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 

Operations 

These items will be assessed, and potentially modified, on a weekly basis. 

Any zoo or similar operation to reopen starting on May 26, 2020, or the first date on which their county moves into Phase 2, must comply with the following: 

1. Utilize on-line or phone reservation systems to pre-pay and limit interactions, and restrict payments to credit cards only to eliminate the handling of cash. 

2. Please refer to the memo on customer logs. 

3. Zoos must only operate outdoor exhibits, and total zoo capacity is limited to 25 percent. 

4. Regularly sanitize counter tops, door knobs, other common surfaces, cash registers, kiosks, and other frequently touched surfaces including employee used equipment. 

5. Install signage to discourage group congregation, or to limit numbers of people in a certain area. Players will be reminded to be especially mindful of social distancing in the parking lot, and around exhibits. Warn frequent offenders. 

6. Encourage frequent handwashing. Consider providing tissues, a receptacle for used tissues, and hand sanitizer for use prior, during, and after activities. Ensure any receptacles are emptied often to prevent any overflow especially in outdoor areas. 

7. Keep up to date on all changes issued by the Office of the Governor, the Department of Labor & Industries, and the Department of Health. 

8. Ask visitors to leave the facility immediately after they are done to eliminate congestion/gathering on the property or in the parking lot. 

9. Increase the number of hand sanitizing stations throughout the space. 

10. Ensure restrooms are frequently cleaned and appropriately sanitized throughout the day. 

11. Food and beverage services must conform to curbside, delivery, and dine-in restaurant requirements. Vending machines may be used as long as sanitation wipes are provided for customer use, an appropriately sized receptacle for used wipes is in the immediate vicinity, and that receptacle is emptied regularly preventing overflow especially in outdoor areas. 

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Outdoor Schools-Solo Tarps and Covid-19 Protocols


Individual shelters could be part of social distancing protocols for camps and outdoor schools.

I offer special pricing on solo tarps for groups.

$25 70 denier nylon with a .25 oz urethane coating, 8 tie outs around the hem, tan or grey. The finished measurements after hemming are 4’10” X 8’.
$25 30 denier nylon with .3 oz. silicone/urethane blend coating, white. 5’X8’.
$27 30 denier type 66 nylon with .25 silicone coating, grey or red. 5’X8’.
$37 70 denier with .75 oz. urethane coating, 9 tie outs (one over foot or in center as  requested), tan, 6’X8’
$40 70 denier with .75 oz. urethane coating, 9 tie outs (one over foot or in center as  requested), tan, 6’X9’
Prices include stuff sack but not shipping.
Contact – dave@bivysack.com, 509-868-1102

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Top Entry Bivy Sack


Roomy with easy exit and entry for the top. Good for extra protection from bugs, wind, ground moisture and dust when used with a tarp or pyramid shelter. Fits up to 6’6″ tall and wide enough for a 2.5″ thick 24″ wide pad inside.  Noseeum netting along zipper for great breathability. Squared head and foot sections to let your sleeping bag loft. Stake outs on the four corners to hold it in place when you get up in the night. Tie outs over face and feet. DWR fabric top for good breathability and water repellency (not waterproof, use with some sort of overhead rain protection, ie tarp, thick tree, etc.) Waterproof silicone coated bottom fabric. Leave your ground sheet at home to save weight. $120 with free shipping in USA.

Email to order. dave@bivysack.com

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