Dale is getting himself ready to hike some of the Umpqua Trail. He has been hiking 2 or 3 times a week. While in Joshua Tree (city), he was talking to a man that had hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico. He shared some tips with Dale and one of those was sleeping in a hammock instead of a tent. It is supposed to be lighter packing than a tent, pad and all that.
When we reached Temecula, we had to go to JoAnns to find “sport nylon”. They had a good selection in many colors. He chose a light green and found thread and needles. It was kind of fun shopping with my man who was going to sew!
I was a little reluctant to let him just use my new Husqvarna Viking Emerald 218 sewing machine. Kind of like that anxiety Dale gets when I start going into his shop and using his tools!
He set up outside since the weather was fantastic. He first hemmed around the edges and then turned the hem again and sewed around again. From there I didn’t watch any more.
He took off up the hill to find some trees to try it out when he finished with the ropes and belts. I got a text to come up and try the hammock out.
He found some trees by the Croc Mill Creek.
The first try out was not the best. So down the hill he went to get another rope. He calls it the “structural ridgeline.”
In one day, he completed his sewing project and even tried it out. I tried to talk him into spending the night but he had these excuses that he didn’t have a sleeping bag to keep him warm or a tarp in case it rained. 🙂
He’s a genius!
If you are interested, read his blog here.
The book he used The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping
If you would like one of these hammocks send Dale an email via his blog and he just might make you one!