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  • Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus
    Weight - 16 ounces
    Weight w/Pegs - 18.125 ounces
    Material - 30D Silnylon
    Features - A no-frills tarp with a no-see-um skirt perimeter. Uses a single trekking pole set anywhere between 40" (100cm) to hug the ground or 49" (125cm) to provide great ventilation.
    Pros - Weight, Ventilation
    Cons - The setup is slightly confusing. There are 6 points to attach with pegs. Two of those point must be pegged first and are very difficult specify in dark and/or windy conditions. I will switch out those two points with a different color cord to solve the problem.

    This picture is the tent setup with two tent pegs and rocks for the other four points. The pitch wasn't the best but the tent was fine. [Read More]
  • Winter Linville Gorge

    On February 27th, 28th and 29th I did a two night out and back trip from Wolf Pit Road trail-head to Table Rock mountain and back. In typical cafe fashion I planned this trip while driving 80 mph east on I-40 heading back from the Smokies. I stopped at a McDonald's to borrow some free Wifi to get a picture of a the trails and away I went. Going up Wolf Pit road in my 2002 Honda Accord was risky with the amount of ice and snow on the road. The final hill going down to the trail-head parking lot made me think I was in trouble when it was time to go home.

    Views going north along the rim and a view of Table Rock maountain

    The trail goes along this very steep section. The trail is about 2 feet wide in some spots with nothing to the one side except air.

    Early the next morning I was able to get out as the ice was still very hard on the road. That Honda has been places that an Accord has no reason to be. [Read More]


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