I sat on the deck this afternoon in the sun with my favorite home-brew (Toad Spit) and proceeded to riped out the 4-ROWS of stitches in my Claytor JH ("new model" - stitched together double-bottom*) actually there's a fifth row inside! Whew!
Three beers later I had a 30" opening! (woohoo!) After I was sober and some careful sewing with the ole Singer I was ready to test out my now double layered JH with the Big Agnes mattress now inserted "between the sheets" so to speak. WOW! it was way comfortable and so comfy I fell asleep.
Then came the KA-BOOM! Holy guano Batman!
I was abruptly deposited on the pine needle duff ...but BA saved the day (and my butt) and luckily survived the impact!! Have to say tubular webbing is nice stuff and very strong as I had chosen it for the hanging suspension OEM replacement but I'd forgotten it's also very dang slippery! The square knot SLIPPED! Oops! ...not nice as I was just about to catch that big brown in my dream!
So I dugged through my climbing gear bag and found some old chocks with spector(?) cord? Anyway I know this stuff is stronger than my chain I use on the tractor to pull the car out of the snow bank with. So with a couple of prusik knots I was back to snoozing in peace!
SO here's the pics:
It's time to go camping this weekend and swing amongst the trees in comfort and warmth!
*FYI - this Claytor JH ("new model" - stitched together double-bottom) was only an experiment of Tom's it's no longer being produced. They now come standard as double bottoms just like before.