Thanks for the welcome, Lost!
I laughed when I read your post about making gear and power tools.
Looks like if I can figure out some inexpensive ways to make some of this gear, I might be able to make a little extra cash taking orders. I've sewn since I was 6 and I'm 55.. yikes!
I think I almost have to agree with HE.
In today's world with all the great nysil pack covers, tarps, etc. it would be a difficult job to get so soaked unless you fell into a river or something.
I love the feel of down, and the compression factor.
Hmmm... I'll have to mull this over.
I like the idea of making both types of quilt.
I'm going camping next weekend and that means I need something quick so for this trip, I may use something like joanne's poly, since it's a car trip. I'm also calling about some climashield and thermafil today to see if I can get it shipped quick enough to finish the quilt for my trip.
I have done a lot of trekking/backpacking, but never in cold, cold, wet, wet weather. I usually go places where there are refuges or alburgues, like Camino Santiago or other pilgrimage routes. You can see my last long trek at
www.myspace.com/caminosantiago2 It did not require shelter, but I'm going to take the southern route in the fall, and hope to use my HH.
I also do a lot of car camping and one of the MAIN reasons I'm buying my Hennessy is because as I age, sleeping on the ground becomes more and more painful. I'm hoping this will save my back.
I suspect not every trip requires down... but that sure will be a future project.