Skip to main content

upcoming trip shelter

My daughters and I go camping with our Indian Princess group (dads' and Daughters) several times a year. The camping we do is just slightly removed from glamping and in the next few weeks we are going to Disney's Fort Wilderness Primitive sites...  Normally I deploy a Kelty 4p tent for the 3 of us but this year they are likely to get the tent to themselves and I'll try bivy+tarp right next door.
One of the things that is troublesome for me is that the temp is usually very warm until 1am and so it's hard for me to sleep. The tent, with the rainfly, captures a lot of heat. In fact the prevailing philosophy seems to be get a tent that is 2x the number of people.
So this morning I popped up my BearPaw Wilderness Designs Lair as a benchmark.


It's wide open and so there should be plenty of ventilation. All I need to add is a bugnet or a bivy. One advantage is the "short" cordage and in-built line locks. One downside is that it really needs a pullout for a little extra headroom. Even though the lair is seam sealed it's made from multiple panels and so subject to failure.

The second setup is my tarp+bivy from Borah.


If memory serves it's a 5x8' tarp. There are several configurations depending on the weather and while I elected to use tent poles here there were troublesome. I have plenty of trekking poles so I can make that problem go away. One nice thing is that the tarp has no seems and so there is nothing that can malfunction that wouldn't happen anywhere else.


I tried two different line locks but it seems that trekking poles are the only way to go unless I design another contraption. One that comes to mind is a 3 grommet with webbing  The tarp also needs a pullout.

As a variation on the tarp+bivy I deployed my 2gosystems XL. I'ts much larger than I anticipated for a single occupant but it has the benefit of offering extra shade. Even though this is technically a bivy I had always intended fr it to be a tarp.


Like the others it also requires a pullout, however, there is a tie on the outside (look closely).


One sleeping configuration I saw of the SOL tarps was multiple sleepers with their heads at the open end and feet at the closed end. With the size of the 2go tarp I could shelter 4 on a dry night and 3 on a wet night.


The loops on the 2go tarp are smaller and although I do not have cups on these poles that was appreciated. The line locks worked ok.

The next step is to pick up the poop and get ready for bed.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Entry level cost for CoreOS+Tectonic

CoreOS and Tectonic start their pricing at 10 servers. Managed CoreOS starts at $1000 per month for those first 10 servers and Tectonic is $5000 for the same 10 servers. Annualized that is $85K or at least one employee depending on your market. As a single employee company I'd rather hire the employee. Specially since I only have 3 servers.

The pricing is biased toward the largest servers with the largest capacities; my dual core 32GB i5 IntelNuc can never be mistaken for a 96-CPU dual or quad core DELL

If CoreOS does not figure out a different barrier of entry they are going to follow the Borland path to obscurity.

UPDATE 2017-10-30: With gratitude the CoreOS team has provided updated information on their pricing, however, I stand by my conclusion that the effective cost is lower when you deploy monster machines. The cost per node of my 1 CPU Intel NUC is the same as a 96 CPU server when you get beyond 10 nodes. I'll also reiterate that while my pricing notes are not currently…

eGalax touch on default Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS

I have not had success with the touch drivers as yet.  The touch works and evtest also seems to report events, however, I have noticed that the button click is not working and no matter what I do xinput refuses to configure the buttons correctly.  When I downgraded to ubuntu 10.04 LTS everything sort of worked... there must have been something in the kermel as 10.04 was in the 2.6 kernel and 4.04 is in the 3.x branch.

One thing ... all of the documentation pointed to the wrong website or one in Taiwanese. I was finally able to locate the drivers again: http://www.eeti.com.tw/drivers_Linux.html (it would have been nice if they provided the install instructions in text rather than PDF)
Please open the document "EETI_eGTouch_Programming_Guide" under the Guide directory, and follow the Guidline to install driver.
download the appropriate versionunzip the fileread the programming manual And from that I'm distilling to the following: execute the setup.sh answer all of the questio…

Prometheus vs Bosun

In conclusion... while Bosun(B) is still not the ideal monitoring system neither is Prometheus(P).

TL;DR;

I am running Bosun in a Docker container hosted on CoreOS. Fleet service/unit files keep it running. However in once case I have experienced at least one severe crash as a result of a disk full condition. That it is implemented as part golang, java and python is an annoyance. The MIT license is about the only good thing.

I am trying to integrate Prometheus into my pipeline but losing steam fast. The Prometheus design seems to desire that you integrate your own cache inside your application and then allow the server to scrape the data, however, if the interval between scrapes is shorter than the longest transient session of your application then you need a gateway. A place to shuttle your data that will be a little more persistent.

(1) storing the data in my application might get me started more quickly
(2) getting the server to pull the data might be more secure
(3) using a push g…