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    Franco Darioli
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    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    kind of obvious but just in case.

    I did this for a member at another forum that commented  adding weight to the provided hook (or an improvised version of it) can have that weight swaying in the wind therefore being counterproductive.

    One easy solution is to attach the weight resting on the ground to the hook  via a shock cord in tension .

     

    what you see in that photo is something I had on hand but a simple piece of shock cord will do.

    ( I had mineral water with a high iron  content in that container)

     

    #3595554
    Brad P
    BPL Member

    @brawndo

    Great idea, but I was a bit worried that was, well, something used for hospital patients.

    #3595659
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    A rather peculiar story behind that. The springs where that water comes from are only a few Km from were we lived for 3 years , about 1 hour drive from here. They were discovered by Swiss -Italian miners that arrived in that area to do quartz blasting for gold mining. Those people are related to my ancestors from across the border in Italy, they spoke the same dialect, hate the same food , lived the same way.

    Both my grandfather and my mother worked at the first Italian mineral water bottling plant so I grew up drinking real mineral water , the type that comes out of the ground not manufactured in a factory.

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss-diaspora_australia-s-ticinese-have-strong-ties-to-a-faraway-home/43917540

    #3595722
    Brad P
    BPL Member

    @brawndo

    My wife’s family rents a cabin in Lost River State Park in WV for a week every summer.  They’re on well water and it also stains the sinks and toilets orange-brown due to the iron.

    The park used to be a health spa 100 years or so ago and people would come to drink from the sulfur springs, which smell like rotting eggs.

    #3595740
    Lester Moore
    BPL Member

    @satori

    Locale: Olympic Peninsula, WA

    Webbing with a ladderloc (or 3mm cord with a lineloc) adjuster, a hook on top, and a loop on the bottom for girth hitching a rock works very well – it’s adjustable in height and can loop around various sized object on the ground (rocks, logs, backpack, etc.).

    #3595806
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    The elastic part saves you from having to adjust the cord so that the item is on the ground but pulling down. You may need to try it to see how simple it really is.

    #3616119
    Boyan B
    BPL Member

    @groovygeek

    Locale: San Diego, CA

    Weighing down tripods in anything but the calmest weather is not a good idea. The extra weight acts like a sail and gets pushed around, causing low frequency vibrations that are impossible to average out with normal exposure times. I hike with a light-ish tripod (Gitzo series 2 or equivalent) and have never had the need to weigh it down. Of course, with photography bring the primary reason I hike my idea of “light” is probably anathema to many here. Until recently I hiked with a Nikon D800 body, 14-24/2.8 lens, 80-400 lens, some light-ish midweight, a massive Wonderland ND system, a tripod, ballhead, six spare batteries, a 15 mAh USB battery, the ksit falls on and on. Clocks in at over 15 lbs when everything is said and done. And I need a 80L or larger pack to fit it all in.

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