I've got about 10 ideas in my head at any one time. A few of them occasionally make it to prototype or completion. So I don't know what I'll be doing exactly.
I'm going to build a small smoke-house....with a steel ring built into its side and about 15' from a tree in my backyard. Meat smoking from my hammock; good times. I can nap between furnace fueling.
Going to break down and purchase some down for a lightweight and efficient UQ and possible TQ later! I've been working with Climashield and Insultex. Climashield is a fantastic material, but it remains a bit too stiff for me to pack it small. (I made a a compression sack, for it, but its still a ot of work compressing it.) Insultex is wonderful; it's really great for temps around 40- 50* ...... That 900 down gooks pretty promising! At least I've improved my sewing skills so I won't be wasting all that down.
I'll be starting the year off working on a primaloft TQ and some no-see-um tarp skins. Knowing myself I'll probably also be making some stoves this year and I may even try my hand at a DIY hammock.
1) Cold weather down jacket with baffles instead of sewn thru. 7d material most likely.
2) Minimalist cuben backpack in the 1500-1800 cu in range. I *hate* making backpacks so not looking forward to this one.
3) Caldera clone for my Fosters can/pot.
Probably be several others in there as folks' MYOG projects inspire me to try it for myself.
A list as long as my arm, just as soon as my sewing machine is back up and running:
- Finishing my alpha test pack.
- Starting my complete hammock system alpha test.
- DIY Wristies for somewhat cool weather.
- DIY no-see-um gaiters for bug season (coming up in a month or two here...).
- A fleece/Thinsulate/windblock nylon watch cap.
- Possibly a fedora-style hat (don't know if my skills are up to this).
- Possibly DIY sandals (again, I don't know if I'll have the skills for this this year).
As far as what I have on my plate right now: a wood stove/alcohol burner combo to send off sometime this weekend.
There were only about 50 things I wanted to do when I first joined so I'll move the remaining 49 in to 2012. This is a great thread for making me feel inadequate.
Enjoy the elevation
Got a bunch of materials for Christmas so here goes
- gathered end hammock
- cat cut hex tarp
- bishop bag
- down UQ
- no-see-um tarp python
Just like new years resolutions I think most DIY list are a bit optimistic although not at all unattainable. After all, we get to enjoy our projects in the woods when we finish