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This is my setup for my last overnight hike into the Everglades. The base weight indicated is much lighter than actual. The actual base weight was 12 bounds and consumables was about 8 pounds. I will have to update this kit with the actual numbers to get that other 4 pounds.
I started making a realistic pack setup and since it's only overnight UL should be possible. The challenge is that many UL and SUL take risks by not taking things that are necessary. Since this is my overnight kit I can do with the basics. The best way to shave off some bigger numbers will be going stove-less. But not for me. and not right now.

Hiking VLOGS are definitely bullshit

I started watching "how to make fire" videos when I failed to light up the fire pit at an indian princess gathering. I mastered that pretty quickly, however, youtube's recommendation engine started me down the path of "survival" from which I see that the 5 or 10 Cs and Rule of 3s are still pretty valuable. But there was a point when these presenters seemed off the rails.

And so I started watching hiking VLOGS. Many were AT thru hikers. That turned into PCT, ADT and CDT. And I am here to say that these people and their "hike your own hike" are likely full of crap.

To start; in a previous post I said that UL and SUL hiking was BS and I showed that with sensible choices it was impossible to get to a base weight that was safe. Sure, at least a 3rd of my pack weight was from things that I never used like my first aid kit and water filter. But then those ounce counters also stop counting things that they carry rather than pack. Like not counting the weight …

UL and SUL is bullshit...

unless you have stupid amounts of money to spend on the absolute lightest gear. I see hikers like Neemor, Darwin, Homemade Wonderlust with their 36L packs(Neemor - Kumo) and their ZPacks Duo which is about the size of a rugby ball and a sleeping bag that's about the same size again.

My pack, including 2 meals and 2.7L water weighed in at 20 pounds. When I took out the water and food it weighed 12 pounds.

Compass Headlamp Extra batteries (button batteries) first aid kit lighter tinder fero rod food water tarp footprint bivy blanket or sleeping bag Sleeping pad pillow OPTIONAL

Not a terrible shelter but not great either

Let me start by describing where I am in the process of developing my shelter. Shelters are a primarily personal thing. It depends on what gear is available, your skills, and the environment you plan to visit. This being late spring in Florida (May) I have to deal with heat, bugs, and rain; which makes a tarp and net tent ideal.
This tarp is a 9x9 Silnylon with linlocks around the perimeter. It packs down well.  My only complaint is the seam seal. The tried sealer sticks to itself and peals off the tarp with ease. One thing I like about this size tarp is that there are some interesting configurations. Two that come to mind are a bivy as the tarp can be staked to the ground and then rolled over like a 3/4 burrito. The other configuration I like is similar to the burrito but rather than staking down the open end leaving it open in lean-to fashion.
The silnylon is sold in bulk with a 6ft width. Which means that the tarp would not have a seam. I like that option a lot.

I struggled to get…

The magic of 50 feet

A number of different vendors off their guy lines in 50ft units. What's that all about?

I was confused about the situation until I read an article by Andres Skurka where he described the "normal" line lengths.  4x - 8 foot and and 4x - 4 foot.  That's a total of 48 feet.

CoreOS and Red Hat

What does this mean for CoreOS and for Red Hat? Seems to me that while CoreOS is a complete product many of those functions are already included in Red Hat's offering. So what was the play?

Hammock Tarp as ground tarp

I really like the material that the SeaToSummit Hammock Tarp is made of however since I'm not a hammock person and most hammock tarps use novel shapes to save weight I thought I'd try this one.

This is the general shape. It's huge but is not functional as a lean-to.

In order to function properly I'd need a pullout of some kind. Notice all that sag.

Next I tried to connect it to the ground. I was finally able to get a tight pitch but it did not offer much protection.

One thing that I really like about the tarp is the tieouts. Granted they are large and meant for trekking poles I was able to use them.  The quality seems unmatched.

While tarp is going into my discard pile I see that the $60 premium between the BearPaw Wilderness Designes flat tarp $135 and the s2s minimalist $199 might not be so terrible.