Wednesday, May 24, 2017

TENTniques 1 - wrapping stake cords around the stake

I once hated stakes with small hooks or notches because so many of the tents I've used had web stakeout loops that just weren't held securely. Wind - especially buffeting wind - un-anchored those tents alarmingly easily. When ITW developed the LineLoc3 cord buckle, I adopted it immediately and showed it to every client. it allowed the stake to be positioned so it avoided rocks and generally helped securing tents easily and well. And stakes with notches were much more secure too because you could cinch the tent tight to the stake.
But it wasn't until I thought to do THIS tentnique that the stake notch problem was fully solved (and now I even sell a whole line of DAC stakes with those notches that I once disliked).

Behold progress!

Bonus feature: it also makes it easier to pull out your stakes - no extra loop of cord on the stake required!

Push the stake backwards as you pull up - voila!

Some might want to retie the stake loop to make it bigger. I like a full 3" loop (left below). A smaller loop (1 1/2 - 2" on right) works fine for small stakes but bigger stakes are much easier to wrap with a big loop.

Friday, May 19, 2017

We bag our May 2017 ski...out the back door in Louisville?

Our family skis at least once a month year-round. Sometimes it's a struggle - by August we're driving and then hiking.

Not this month.

Here are some totals for the amount of snow that's fallen in Colorado over May 18th & 19th - Wow!

  • Breckenridge - 16.5 inches
  • Nederland - 28 inches
  • Conifer - 17 inches
  • Silverthorne - 16 inches
  • Vail - 10 inches
  • Genesee - 17.7 inches
  • Estes Park - 31 inches
  • Evergreen - 14 inches
  • Allenspark - 36 inches
  • Aspen Springs - 21.5 inches
  • Eldorado Springs - 30 inches 
  • Golden - 13.5 inches 
  • Ward - 38.2 inches
  • Bailey - 9 inches 
  • Boulder - 3.8 inches
  • Lafayette - 6 inches
  • Larkspur - 8.3 inches
  • Crested Butte - 6.2 inches 
  • Fort Collins - 7.5 inches
  • Colorado Springs - 3.5 inches 
  • Loveland - 5.8 inches
  • Louisville - 9.8 inches     <-     that's us!
  • Superior - 10 inches 
  • Castle Rock - 6.0 inches
  • Broomfield - 4.8 inches
  • Greeley - 4.1 inches 
  • Arvada - 5 inches 
  • Aurora - 2 inches 
  • Lakewood - 5 inches 
  • Highlands Ranch 3.5 inches 
Hell-o May ski!

foggy, wot?

first he wanted skis. we put them on. then he didn't want skis. we took them off.  he wanted to go. we went. he screamed bloody murder that he wanted to go back. now I think I know how a 30-something Trump was like.
getting used to poles

"i'm looking for a iceberg, have you seen one lately? pesky icebergs, never around when you need one"

lucky hawk, unlucky rabbit? no, probably just a goose taking off
I got a 2 mi tour in later

Took another tour - 5.3 mi - the next day out Davidson Mesa. Very nice!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day - in which the kids learn about floating things

Many a good outdoor weekend here begins with a pleasant dayhike in the local open space park.


 Sunday was Mother's Day...

T's Mom was in town

the boys gave T a superhero cape
N BEGGED us to let him sail his pirate boat so we went to harper Lake

owing to their inventive design, they floated upside down