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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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Oware bug shelter for a group.


Keep your group out of the bugs

Bug A Mid

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustable Pole height

Teach lessons, Debrief, Play music, Dine.

Ultralight

Thanks to Nature Bridge for the Photos

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New size solo tarp. 6×9.5 feet


Flat 6×9.5′ long solo tarp shelter for 1. Plenty of coverage without excess weight.

Available in subtle colors or a standout in night and day – orange with white.

8 reinforced web tie outs around hem, and 2 tie outs centered over feet and head.

Price includes shipping in the USA, and a stuff sack.

30 Denier Silnylon various colors weighs 11 oz. 70d double thick silnylon in yellow weighs aprox 20 oz.

One seam along the center running the short distance (side to side lying underneath)

Notes- fabric is NOT flame retardant, keep away from heat and flame.

Tarp 6×9.5′- Buy it here

flat tarp 1.6 6x9.5'

flat tarp 1.6 6×9.5′

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Netting Tarps, more size options added.


Tarps with netting perimeter in 2, 3 and 5 person sizes. Popular with Outdoor Education groups.

Group and school pricing available (call)

http://shop.bivysack.com/Net-Tarp_c16.htm

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Portage Pack for kayak and canoe


Built a batch of these for an outdoor school. Fold up compactly in the boat until you need to move gear up the beach or overland between lakes. Very sturdy of 420 Denier Nylon Packcloth.  2″ webbing shoulder straps. Handles on top and bottom. Over 3300 cubic inches in capacity.

I can build some for your School. As little as $40 in quantity.

Portage Pack

Portage Pack

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Durability success-70 denier nylon with silicone/polyurethane blend coating


Shower cap made of 70 denier ripstop nylon with a .5 oz silicone and polyurethane blend coating. 14 years continuous use. Coating still waterproof. No fraying. The elastic needs to be replaced, the rubber wore out.

Shower cap made of 70 denier ripstop nylon with a .5 oz silicone and polyurethane blend coating.
14 years continuous use. Coating still waterproof. No fraying. The elastic needs to be replaced, the rubber wore out.

shower cap inside

The fabric is used in tarps and tents for hard use applications. Outdoor schools, rentals etc. Custom made in small batches or seasonally available in stock. Current color is yellow.

http://shop.bivysack.com

 

 

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Wilderness As Therapy from High Country News


A growing number of veterans and researchers are racing to understand nature’s power to heal.”

 

http://www.hcn.org/issues/47.3/wilderness-as-therapist?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email

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Counter Balance Bear Hang


Counter Balance Food Hang

Counter Balance Food Hang

How to hang food using the counter balance with retrieval cord method.

Pick appropriate tree and branch. In bad bear areas a proper tree may dictate where you camp. As you near timber line there may not be tall enough trees, so you must plan ahead. The limb should be about 20+ feet from the ground. Higher is better as bears are less likely to jump off a limb onto the bags if they know they will take a long fall. The bags should hang about 10′ out from the tree. Where the rope goes over the limb, the diameter of the limb should be about the size of your wrist or smaller. Larger and they can climb out the limb, smaller and they can break or chew through the limb. Some bears can get any food hang too. Check with local authorities about food storage methods. Food hangs work best with wild bears that have some fear of humans.

Camping with groups, we had to hang as much as 200 lbs of food each evening. It can take several hours, and several trees, to do it right for that much food. A bear resistant canister may be a safer and easier choice for some folks.

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Hear are some custom food hang bags by Oware. Ultralight silnylon and noseeum net made for BackpackingLight.com, and heavy Cordura ones made for various Outdoor Schools.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABear Hang Bag

Note the bright orange throw sacks for holding a rock when setting up, and the cord when not in use. Orange is easier to find if you have a bad throw.

The heavy bags use a reflective loop on the bottom (for a retrieval cord) that can be quickly seen at night with a flashlight when checking for suspicious bear like sounds.

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Dinkey Dome top rope wall topo


Found these climbs with Robert A. on an early season Outward Bound Course. Fun short top rope climbs for Dinkin around.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Dinkey+Dome&hl=en&sll=47.442279,-122.295848&sspn=0.141642,0.258865&oq=Dinkey+Dome&hnear=Dinkey+Dome&t=h&z=14

dinkey dome wall

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Sump screen


A sump screen can be a lightweight help in reducing your environmental impact
on the wild places you love. By straining the food particles from your dishwater,
you dissuade animals from digging up the soil where your dishwater is drained,
and help keep them wild and unaccustomed to humans. This is especially important
on popular trails and camping areas. Help keep the chipmunks, marmots, jays, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, deer, and bear safe and out of other users gear.

I like a square panel of noseeum netting leftover from tents and bivysack manufacture.

Sump screen of noseeum netting

Sump screen of noseeum netting

I will send a piece with each order from Oware if you will note you want one in the comment
section of the order.

Questions?
509-685-0125
do@owareusa.com

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