Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Learning Moment

  1. #1
    in it for the naps oldgringo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Checotah, Oklahoma
    Hammock
    Varies
    Tarp
    GargoyleGear Ogee
    Insulation
    UQ-varies w/season
    Suspension
    onrope buckle
    Posts
    5,982

    Learning Moment

    Late Friday afternoon I was hanging my tarp, a BWDD Winter Dream. Weather was coming, and the plan was to hang the tarp before it hit. The skins were off, and I had staked one side, when all hell broke loose...winds I'm guessing in excess of 50 mph. The tarp was uncontrollable, Prusics wouldn't hold, and a #2 S-biner failed. Once the tarp was on the ground, the wild flailing stopped, and the tarp emerged unscathed.

    I'm not sure what I learned other than what the weak points in my rig are. Sure, I can beef it up, and probably will, but otoh, we want other things to fail before the tarp, and that's exactly what happened.

    This same storm killed 4 people in Oklahoma, took of roofs, knocked out power, blew over signs on I40, and took down trees. All told, I feel pretty lucky. Oddly enough, I kept thinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald...go figure.
    Dave

    http://www.uark.edu/misc/xtimber/rna/pattonsbluff.html

    It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.
    John Steinbeck

  2. #2
    Redoleary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Pennfield Twp, MI
    Hammock
    DIY gathered end
    Tarp
    Hinterland gear
    Insulation
    down bag
    Suspension
    strap & E.T.'s
    Posts
    3,184
    Images
    69
    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Oddly enough, I kept thinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald...go figure.
    Thats cuz "the good ship and crew was in peril" as the song goes.

    Glad you're all right.
    Good luck,
    RED

    My Youtube Channel

    Deep peace of the running wave to you.
    Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
    Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
    Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
    Deep peace without end to you.
    adapted from - ancient gaelic runes

  3. #3
    Prefers life at 12 MPH. FLRider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Gainesville, FL
    Hammock
    DIY Gathered End
    Tarp
    DIY Asym
    Insulation
    DIY Modular Quilt
    Suspension
    Whoopies/MSH
    Posts
    4,017
    Images
    14
    Glad you're okay, and that the tarp is okay. Better to have those "firebreaks" in the design than to have to try and resew a tarp in the field, for certain!

    Lesson learned, and at least you're not at the bottom of Lake Superior!
    "Just prepare what you can and enjoy the rest."
    --Floridahanger

  4. #4
    Senior Member ibgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Colorado
    Hammock
    Dangerbird, (custom) thanks Papa
    Tarp
    10x10 DIY
    Insulation
    DIY insultex.
    Suspension
    Woopie, UCR
    Posts
    467
    How was the rest of the night?

  5. #5
    Acer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Southern Indiana Wooded Hills
    Hammock
    WBRR, BMBH UL, Diy M90 MR Gathered
    Tarp
    HG Cuben 4/Tadpole
    Insulation
    Lynx/UGQ/TeWa
    Suspension
    Straps/Dutch Bling
    Posts
    3,808
    Images
    14
    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Late Friday afternoon I was hanging my tarp, a BWDD Winter Dream. Weather was coming, and the plan was to hang the tarp before it hit. The skins were off, and I had staked one side, when all hell broke loose...winds I'm guessing in excess of 50 mph. The tarp was uncontrollable, Prusics wouldn't hold, and a #2 S-biner failed. Once the tarp was on the ground, the wild flailing stopped, and the tarp emerged unscathed.

    I'm not sure what I learned other than what the weak points in my rig are. Sure, I can beef it up, and probably will, but otoh, we want other things to fail before the tarp, and that's exactly what happened.

    This same storm killed 4 people in Oklahoma, took of roofs, knocked out power, blew over signs on I40, and took down trees. All told, I feel pretty lucky. Oddly enough, I kept thinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald...go figure.

    In thinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald,,you may have had a vision.

  6. #6
    in it for the naps oldgringo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Checotah, Oklahoma
    Hammock
    Varies
    Tarp
    GargoyleGear Ogee
    Insulation
    UQ-varies w/season
    Suspension
    onrope buckle
    Posts
    5,982
    Quote Originally Posted by ibgary View Post
    How was the rest of the night?
    Splendid.
    Dave

    http://www.uark.edu/misc/xtimber/rna/pattonsbluff.html

    It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.
    John Steinbeck

  7. #7
    old4hats's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Ball Ground, Ga.
    Posts
    1,871
    I am glad that you are around to hang another day. It is a wonder what can come down our street.

  8. #8
    MAD777's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    South Florida
    Hammock
    DIY, WBBB & Switchback
    Tarp
    HG cuben,OES Spinn
    Insulation
    DIY down 3/4 UQ/TQ
    Suspension
    Dynaglide & Dutch
    Posts
    8,601
    Images
    39
    Much better for something to come loose before the tarp shreds!
    Mike
    "Life is a Project!"

  9. #9
    gargoyle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Middleville, Mi
    Hammock
    G-Bird II
    Tarp
    Ogee tarp
    Insulation
    AHE TQ DIY Down UQ
    Suspension
    whoop dutch!
    Posts
    6,091
    Images
    46
    Gitcheegoomee

  10. #10
    Senior Member 1066vik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    NE Ks
    Posts
    157
    I was driving South in that same storm system -- got to set up in the more gentle rains following the first few rounds of excitiement just West of Independence, Ks.
    About 10 PM the skies cleared and it was perfect sleeping weather.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •