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SlowBro - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2018

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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: May 1, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Jan 12th, 2018

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 296
Journal Visits: 9,869
Guestbook Views: 141
Guestbook Entrys: 16

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Covering Ground and Covering Pack

In my continued effort to decrease my pack weight I had a minor epiphany. First let me explain that I carry a plastic ground sheet in case I have to sleep on the ground and a pack cover to keep my pack dry in the rain. I realized I could modify my ground sheet to use as a pack cover. This would let me ditch the 2 oz. pack cover and just carry the modified ground sheet.

For those of you wondering exactly what a pack cover is, think of it as a giant shower cap for a backpack. You take a rectangle of material that's large enough to cover the backpack, sew a channel around the edge, and thread a piece of elastic through the channel. Cinching up the elastic draws in the edges, making a shower cap that you can stretch over the front of the pack leaving the shoulder straps free and keeping rain off the pack.

By folding over my 96” x 40” polyolefin (shrink wrap - Gossamer Gear) ground sheet I got a 48” x 40” rectangle, large enough to cover my pack. I sewed an edge channel on half the sheet, threaded in the elastic, and voilà, a pack cover with a giant flap (the other half of the sheet.) (See additional pictures)

By loosening the elastic and stretching out the flap I get my ground sheet back if I need to sleep on the ground. Also, when in Pack Cover mode the flap just tucks inside, but it can be untucked and used to cover the shoulder straps overnight or when I'm not wearing the pack. The polyolefin material is very tough, as anyone who has tried to open a shrink wrapped product can attest. And, surprisingly, it also holds stitches fairly well. It will be interesting to see how it holds up.

Until next week...

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