Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Long lists, and guyouts.

The amount of things that need to occur on a trip like this one is almost mind numbing. Most days I walk around with a small spiral pad to make notes of things that need to be purchased, built, prepared, or in some other way made ready for this trip. Even as wired as I have my gear, there are many things to do.

A big item on the list is repair kit related. A trip of this length, in conditions like this it is almost inevitable that something(s) will break. And so a repair kit is necessary. My repair kit is in a small yellow plastic waterproof case, and at the moment it has in it, a multi-tool, a sleeping pad repair kit, an MSR whisperlite expedition maintenance kit. It will soon have aqua seal, duct tape, silicone seal, and anything else I think might be needed. There will also have to be a kayak repair kit with epoxy for repairing the kayaks, and cables and hardware to fix rudders and skegs.

On todays agenda from the never ending list, was to set up my tent and add guyout lines to many of the guyout tabs on the tent. I had a few on it, and while the tent was purchased with this trip in mind, I have never had the opportunity to really put this particular four season tent to the test. I have spent many nights in many different four season tents. There are tents I like, and tents I don't. This particular tent - made by REI - was purchased because I couldn't get the tent I really wanted. It was a back up. But After using it a few times, it has proven itself as one the best tents I have ever used. Easy to pitch, bombproof, roomy. Huge vestibule. Just a fantastic tent.

Most people don't realize that there is a right and wrong way to load a guyout point on your tent. You want to load it in the direction it is sewn. It will be significantly stronger that way.

There is also a preferred way of tying the lines so that they are knot free and easy to adjust.

The truckers hitch with a half hitch is a great way to do this. In the video below you will see me tying this simple combination of tensioning knots, and then releasing them. Leaving the rope knot free.

truckers hitch from Paddling Otaku on Vimeo.

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