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SlowBro - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2014

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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 5, 2014
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Thu, Mar 27th, 2014

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Slung Umbrella

Umbrella Sling

I was is inspired by Joan over at ramblinghemlock.blogspot.com who did a great blog on fastening your umbrella to your pack strap for hands free use. I decided to offer my tip on slinging your umbrella. Now I don't mean by that I'm going to tell you how to toss your umbrella, rather how to add a simple elastic strap to your umbrella so you can sling it over your shoulder. I found this useful when it has stopped raining and I don't want to remove my pack cover to slip the umbrella in its pocket, but I do want to get the umbrella out of the way. Also when I want to take my brolly along on a day hike I can just sling it over my shoulder, ready but out of the way. In addition this only applies to standard size umbrellas. My Birdiepal Swinglite umbrella is 25 inches long. Obviously if you have a folding or collapsing umbrella you won't really need this as you can put it in your pocket, but for those of us with longer umbrellas slings might make sense.

So here are the super complicated instructions to build this sling for your umbrella. First you will need a piece of 1/8 inch round elastic approximately 15 inches longer than your umbrella. Now tie a loop in each end of the elastic. One loop will be slightly smaller than the top of your umbrella and the other loop will be slightly smaller than the handle of your umbrella. Slip the respective loops over the top and bottom of your furled umbrella and slinging over your shoulder. To deploy take the loop off the handle and open the umbrella (You can slip the handle loop over the top loop if you don't want the elastic hanging down). To stow in your pack just furl your umbrella and spiral the elastic sling around before slipping the handle loop over the handle. That's it! This will add an additional 8 grams to the weight of you umbrella.






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