Feb 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm #1255844
I've started a website called LytW8.com. Right now it's focused mostly on my personal experiences with lightweight backpacking. In the future I want to expand it to be much more. It's still a work in progress (one week old) so any constructive criticism is welcome.
Thanks for taking a look.
JamieFeb 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm #1579538
Rod LawlorBPL Member
It's looking great. I'd love to see some more pics from those trips you have posted, if that's possible.
I look forward to watching it in the future.
RodFeb 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm #1579546
Mark McLauchlinBPL Member
@markmclauchlinLocale: Western Australia
Looks good, I like your "mini tent"
CheersFeb 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm #1579551
@davidlutzLocale: Bay Area
NIce job!Feb 27, 2010 at 11:53 pm #1579559
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
Sweet dude, I like seeing people's personal backpacking websites. I'm visitor #71!Feb 28, 2010 at 4:42 am #1579577
Many thanks guys! I'll try to add more pics and trip details (i.e. route, where to park, regulations, etc.)
Thanks, JamieFeb 28, 2010 at 6:31 am #1579585
Chris WBPL Member
You should setup an @lytw8.com email address.
Also, some of your weights are a good bit off in your spreadsheet. Ex. the precip jacket and pants. You have the jacket @ 8.8 and pants at 5 but the real weights are closer to 13 for the jacket and 9 for the pants. Another is the Marmot Hydrogren. You have it at 19 ounces but the real weight is more like 25 ounces.Feb 28, 2010 at 6:52 am #1579589
Philip DelvoieBPL Member
@philipdLocale: Ontario, Canada
Looks great Jamie.Feb 28, 2010 at 10:38 am #1579660
Steven EvansBPL Member
visitor #122…very nice nice mini tent you have there.Feb 28, 2010 at 10:43 am #1579664
Chris, Thanks for catching the weights. I copied over one of the tabs this morning to add the LW tab. The weights were left over from the other gear. I will get this fixed.
edit: it should be fixed now…with corrected weights the LW list is now right at 12 lbs.
Thanks, JamieFeb 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm #1579716
Luke SchmidtBPL Member
@cameronLocale: Idaho Falls
I like it just fine as is but I'd second the motion for the rest of the pictures. Also I'd be curious to know exactly how you made that tent? I for one might try and make one of those at some point.
LukeMar 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm #1580137
Franco DarioliBPL Member
Nice kit !
Cute mod of the Virga.
Looks to me that the guyline from the bottom tip of the beaks could be tied a bit lower on the pole for a more even tension.
Please disregard this suggestion if you find it offensive.
FrancoMar 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm #1580199
Franco, Thanks for checking out the website. I have changed the front guyline so it runs to the ridgeline. This seems to improve the pitch significantly.
The inspiration for the tent came from the book …
"How to Make your own Lightweight Camping & Hiking Gear" by Vick Hines copyright 1981
The book shows a tent with beaked front narrowing to a small end with beaks that sets up with a single pole from 1981.
I reworked all the dimensions and changed the way the floor worked and added vents along the side of the floor. I would also like to give credit to Ron Bell's Serenity Shelter. Though the concept is really different, the Serenity size gave me insight as to what were the minimal dimensions a person could work within. I didn't replicate the Serenity size though. My dimensions are more appropriate for a tent versus an interior net tent.
I am working on a new design that should improve on the current design. Keep checking.
JamieMar 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm #1586156
Franco DarioliBPL Member
Yes, that provably did not sound the way I meant it…
The Virga was certainly not the first modified A frame shelter on the market.
As you hint at, with the comment about the Serenity shelter, most tents now start with a certain design in mind and then trying to improve or adapt that for one's own use. Same with most things really.
FrancoMay 16, 2010 at 1:55 am #1610228
I really like the presentation. The colors and the layout are slick.
If it's not too late to offer constructive criticism… In your left menu, add a new section called "Technique." Things that go in Technique are:
– "LytW8 Process"
– "How to pack LytW8 gear…"
– Tarp Pitch methods (lifted from Lightweight Testimony and expanded on)
acronym 5/16/2010 3:54 AM
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