You can read it here.
We just posted a new trip report about last week's 3 day trip to Crocker Point, Yosemite National Park.
You can read it here.
We've completed our 4th Cathedral Peak backpacking quilt prototype! We've refined many of the features that make a backpacking quilt so great, including shaping it to work in conjunction wit the North Rim series of sleeping bags. We're holding off releasing much of the information and photos on this quilt until we have temperature data in from the field, which will be soon.
The Cathedral Peak series of backpacking quilts are excellent quilts for the backcountry adventurer as well as fitted to be used with our North Rim sleeping bags as overbags. Engineered to be highly compressible, lightweight and durable, look for the January release of the Cathedral Peak backpacking quilts by Ardeth backpacking gear.
We're happy to announce that we've completed two more prototypes for our North Rim series of sleeping bags. As we continue to refine our design elements and features, we move closer to have sleeping bags ready to sell. We proud to see our sleeping bag development distill into highly refined products for the backcountry traveler. We are testing our bags with a variety of materials and methods, hoping to provide the best American-made products available.
A few photos of the P6 construction and field test:
And a few of the P7:
We're also fortunate to have an apricot tree, two peach trees, two juvenile Minneola trees, a blueberry bush, a baby avocado tree, three different kinds of grape vines, a walnut tree and a raspberry bush. We also have onion spread all over the place.
Most of the trees were here when we bought this small, ramshackle house. The rest are part of our plan to reduce expenses, to eat better and to have the confidence in knowing how our food is produced. Everything we grow here is organic and we do a lot of composting. We've planted from seed from trays and tend to them in our work room, we buy plants off of 'death row'.
We hope to be able to provide food for us, as well as be able to provide some for other local families. As we learn more, perhaps we'll be able to share what we've learned about productive gardening, and help it to spread in our community.
It's nearly summer, what are you growing?
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Snow cups near Ireland Lake
I've posted another trip report—this one for a trip that I always look back on with a great deal of fondness. This was my third backpacking trip in Yosemite, and it took place over the Independence Day holiday. I've always favored that holiday because of the time of year and the hot weather. The Sierra may still be showing signs of winter in July, but the days are generally warm even at high elevation, and there's likely to be plenty of sun. In fact, the sun and the lingering snow together create this interesting effect called snow cups. It's so fun to be hiking around in sandals on a warm day with patches of snow nearby. High-elevation trips are incredible—I just love them. Perhaps that's why this trip stands out to me, as it was my first to these altitudes in the Sierra. Here's my trip report!