How big is a reserve chute?
Could you hang it like the MN guys do at their frozen butt hang?
It might make good UQP's or hammock sock material.
EDIT: was nylon even around in 1950 that might be silk.
If the chute is completely intact it would make a good group shelter. It's what I see used in some of the trip reports.
Don't let life get in the way of living.
Otherwise, maybe a few hammocks?
I used to be a somebody, now I just camp.
It's not whole, one section has been cut and ripped slightly, though it could be repaired. As I was rolling it out to take measurements I noticed it was actually manufactured in 1967.
It seems rather thin to make a UQP, or am I overestimating the minimum fabric weight required for an effective UQP?
The panels are quite narrow so I'm not sure how suitable it would be as a hammock body.
I am guessing it's made from 1.0 ripstop DWR treated.
It has been wash several times. I don't think there is much DWR treatment left.
But it still works great as a wind block for the UQ.
It may or may not stop water splashing from getting to the UQ anymore but I can always tell when its on.
I've been sleeping on my deck 2-3 times a week during this winter.
In the sixties, paper sleeping bags were used on wildland fires. Silk cargo chutes were used on drop fires to wrap up in for the paper bags were not that warm. Special care had to be taken for grasshoppers would destroy a silk parachute in short order.