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    Lightbulb Portaledge!? Building my framed hammock and expedition rainfly!

    First I need to say thank you to everyone who has helped me finish this project! I received helped on many topics from my sewing machine malfunction to the materials that I used. I also wanted to give a direct shout out to Truehart for sharing his engineering knowledge with me. I am currently building a two person portaledge which would have been a disaster without your tips!

    But for now take a look at my single portaledge! I would like to refer to my portaledge as a single point hammock with a spreader bar on all four sides . My latest DIY bridge hammock and tarpsock was great but not perfect so when I came across an old cot laying in a pile of free stuff I grabbed it and went to work!









    The rainfly is made out of a 30D silnylon and is covered by a topcap which was genius-ly designed (and patented) by Metolius. But since I am not selling this thing I decided to copy their design! HUZZA!







    The whole thing collapses down into a neat and tidy bundle.



    And here is a picture of her maiden voyage:



    I still have to get final weights but everything including the frame, bedding, anchors, rigging material, and rainfly should come in under 6 pounds. If you want to see the portaledge up close then watch the test video:



    Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSLFf1qBwG0

    THANKS EVERYONE!
    Last edited by Refreshing; 10-03-2014 at 14:43. Reason: Added a direct video link
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    Wow! This is really interesting--too bad I don't have a use to make one.

    Great work! It looks amazing.

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    You are becoming a jedi-portaledge master! Great work and ingenuity!

    Regards,
    RedStix

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    Looks great! And thanks for the shout out. *Blushes* Can't wait to see the double.
    ~We all start at the bottom~

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    Redstix I accept the title of Jedi-portaledge master! I really don't think you guys would believe how much time I have been putting into these latest hammock iterations. I need a long backpacking trip to relax my brain.
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    Stop right now and get out there before the weather gets too bad! My mom, who lives close to Duluth, sent me a picture of it snowing today. You need to get out while the getting is good.

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    Redstix, what if I prefer winter!?!?

    No bugs, and no sweaty clothes! BRING ON THE SNOW!
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    Looks good! I was a bit concerned about rolling off until I saw the sag in the underview. I know you are clipped in but some surprises are not fun. ;-) Next you need a bottom quilt. ;-))
    YMMV

    HYOH

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    That thing is awesome! What a nice job, man. I like the pull up handle. That's great.

    Very cool, thanks for sharing this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
    Next you need a bottom quilt. ;-))
    I think my sewing skills might finally be at the level necessary to take on a task like that! Shh, don't tell my wife I already have plans for my next project. Haha.
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