why?

I'm a web developer/sysadmin/host (NERD TRIPLE THREAT!) and this is my attempt to write about...leaving the house. Sometimes. Like, to go backpacking. And take some pictures. And justify spending the money on all the gear WHY SO MUCH?!?

So check back weekly for all the smrt missives! And the dumb tweets!

Also hiking things!

Feel free to write and complain.

hammock tv
24 May 2017

That really is the worst phone to do this with so slippery

If you're like me, going out into the woods is pretty much all about not being bored. Since I don't make forts DO BUSHCRAFT, I kinda need...something. So I load up the phone with books and shows and hope for the best. But the weight of all this media really makes the phone a pain to hold for longer than a few seconds (THIS IS JUST SCIENCE, PEOPLE).

Shock cord to the rescue.

Just tie two knots -- doesn't really matter what kind, just make them smaller loops than the size of your device (I wouldn't recommend doing this with a tablet, but you do you) so it will fit properly. Then I just hook the cord to my ridgelight like so:

So.

It tends to want to twist horizontally, so I put my electronics pouch behind it and it keeps it in a good viewing position. You can adjust the verical orientation by positioning the knots -- just experiment (like in college)

That phone was so light!

Of course, you could just not take any electronics SHUT YOUR MOUTH SHUG NEEDS A CONTROL LINE PLANE SQUADRON WE CAN DO THIS PEOPLE

nerve damage
17 May 2017

That wasn't there a minute ago.

Date: 05/06/2017

Location: Laurel Highlands, rt 271 parking lot to rt 30 shelter

Trail Distance: NO MILES FOR YOU COUNTING IS FOR CAMPERS (39.6 miles ytd)

Rain? -- no problem. Wet shoes? -- big deal. Cold? -- BRING IT.

Breezy tree blowing and train sounds? -- OH IT'S BEEN BROUGHTEN.

Man, I gotta get over being freaked out by the wind. Other than that, had a good pace and pretty easy terrain (despite the mud and wet).

Guess I'll go back to trying to grow a pair.

glutenous
10 May 2017

Cream of Wheat is a very Lovecraftian breakfast #eldritchhorror

Ever smack your elbow so hard your stomach hurt? I HAVE.

squimy
26 April 2017

says it took 37 steps to change pants in a hammock. Seems low.

one day at a time
19 April 2017

Yup, down thattaway. Sure it's fine.

Date: 04/01/2017

Location: Oil Creek State Park, park office to Wolfkiel shelter

Trail Distance: 18.1 miles (39.6 miles ytd)

That was pretty but boy-howdy I am glad I waited a day to not do this trail in the pouring rain FOR IT WAS A MUDDY BOG SCAPE ANYWHO. Saw lots of trail runners who were out doing their running thing. I enjoyed the refreshing breeze as they flew by.

What I learned this time is that you shouldn't hang the tarp too close to the hammock or it'll get dewy soaked.

Dewy Soaked is a great band name

Oh yeah -- untangle the underquilt shock cord before hanging it. You will thank me.

more stroud
12 April 2017

Bushcraft is mostly  building forts and making spoons. 

back to the grind
5 April 2017

Evidently pacing back and forth is insufficient cardio.