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New Fabrics for the Long Drawcord Bivy


Fits to 6’5″

Two different weights.

40 Denier DWR top in Tan #499, 70 Denier Coated in Coyote Tan 11.5 oz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Denier DWR top in Silver Grey, 30 Denier with double thick Urethane coated bottom in Tan #499. 7.8 oz

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How To Set Up The NetTarp


Items needed:

  • 4 to 12 stakes (4 minimum with trees for ridgeline tie outs, more stakes needed if windy, snow load or using poles for support)
  • 2 trees, trekking poles, or tarp poles (use of at least one tree is easier to set up for one person, if using poles two people holding poles on each end really speeds things up)
  • 6 cords @ 3′ on corners and middle sides of fabric panel
  • 2 cords @ 6′ on ridge line (having some extra cord is useful for trees spread farther apart, and needed for tarps large enough for more than one person)

First attach the Ridgeline tie out to a tree or pole at a height that allows the netting to sit 4″ on the ground.

I like to use a releasable tautline hitch.

If using a pole for the ridgeline, tie a clove hitch around the top of the pole and then run the line down to a stake on the ground. Adjustable trekking poles make height adjustments easier.

Have someone hold the pole upright and go attach the other ridge line to a pole or tree.

Stake out the four corners at a height that maintains about 4″ of netting laying on the ground.

Adjust cord length using the tautline hitches and by moving stakes so that the tarp is stretched snug with minimum wrinkles. In a wind, you want the tarp to hum, not flap.

If needed, tie out center side points and four corner points on netting. Shepherds crook type stakes work well for the netting. The netting should be snug but not tight along the sides of the tarp (gentle on the netting) and loose on the pleated ends so one can crawl under the netting easily without having to remove a stake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Backcountry Electric Bear Fencing


Making stuff sacks for transporting and storing electric fencing for bear safety.

They seem pretty compact if a bit long.

Here is how it works.

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New Swing Above Donner Lake, CA


Two Person Swing someone put up near Donner Summit over looking old Highway 40 and Donner Lake.

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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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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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Make Your Own Backpacking Tarp Kits


DIY Kits for 5×8′, 9×9′ and 10×10′ ultralight tarps

How to Video Steps

1 Sew Reinforce Panel Tie Outs

2 Sew Tarp Center Seam, 1st Pass

3 Top Stitch Center Seam, 2nd Pass

4 Sew Reinforced Tie Out to Center of Tarp Along Seam

5 Sewing the hem and inserting reinforcements

6 Sewing on the webbing

 

 

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Dop Kits and Tool Bags


Shiny heavy duty reinforced vinyl with huge #10 zippers and wide webbing handles. Great for tools or an extensive shaving/beard kit. Hang them from a coat hook in the bath or from a nail in the garage. Aprox. 350 cubic inches in volume. Get ’em here. Free shipping in USA.

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Micro Cord now an option for Tarp and Bivysack Purchases


MICRO CORD 1.2 MM,

Tiny, but with a firm finish that holds knots well and doesn’t abrade easily.

Super light you can carry less than an ounce and have  lots for tarp set ups, compass lanyards, emergency shoe laces. Fits in most cord locks, even the smallest.

Misc. colors, our choice

or Black

https://bivysack.com

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Rebuilt vintage chalk bag and added loop to climbing harness


Took my worn Strawberry Mountain Chalkbag and replaced the center bellows with new Cordura, added a zip pocket for rap rings, mini knife and such, replaced the carabiner loop with a buckle and web.

Added a web gear loop on the back of my harness that fits the web on the chalk bag to eliminate a carabiner.

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