Zen is…

…Waldo finds himself

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Zen is…

The truth of Zen,
Just a little of it,
Is what turns one’s
Life of monotonous,
Commonplace actions,
Into one of art,
Full of genuine inner creativity.

– D.T. Suzuki

Ennui and Disruptions

Apologies for the recent lack of posts, but I am in a transitional phase right now. All my plans have gone topsy-turvy… I just brought my lady UP from Carolina instead of my moving DOWN there.

I have some posts planned out, but need to find more time.

Please keep checking back….

Alone-ness

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The night goes on as I lie and listen
To the great peace.
Insects chirp and click in the stillness.
The pure moon rises over the ridge
And shines in my door.
At daybreak I get up alone.
I saddle my horse myself
And go my way.
The trails are all washed out.
I go up and down, picking my way
Through storm clouds on the mountain.
Red cliffs, green waterfalls, all
Sparkle in the morning light.

– Han Yu

[photo by my nephew, Rachid Dahnoun/ RachidPhoto]

Mid-Atlantic Fall Hammocking Hang 2018 and the New DynaFly.

I just got back from a trip down South that included the MAHHA Fall Hang at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania. We had upwards of 100 people signed up and most showed up.

I had the new DynaFly prototype from DynaMystic [Josh] out in Washington State set up on my site, and spent both nights using it as my own shelter. This thing is amazing!

 

It was a dite windy on Friday afternoon and I immediately got to put the “dynamic form” to use. Once snugged down on the stakes there wasn’t even a trace of shiver on the fabric. Each of the multiple fabric panels is optimised for the stretch of the material… this means that the orientation of the warp and weft of the weave is used to its fullest potential. And that means the tarp is wicked stable in gusts and strong winds.

While you can not see it from the photo, the top is also made of four panels. It looks great when you are lying in your hammock looking up. And what is certainly not intuitive from photos is that the individual quarters of the tarp are dynamically totally independent. If you pull out one stake, there is no effect on the other three quadrants… they remain as taut as they were.

In practical terms this means that you can accomodate any terrain with the DynaFly. Big boulder right where the stake “should” go???… just peg out beyond it. Tree or shrubs too close to one corner???… peg nearly straight down the slope of that quad. Nothing else about the tarp’s tension is affected. You can even pass the end guys around the trunks of the trees you are hanging from and only use two stakes!… or do it at only one end and using three stakes.

If you pull one side way down onto the guywires and pegs, you can raise the other pitch so that the “roof” is tilted and the vestibule panel overlaps on the high side can be up on a hiking pole to further add to the spaciousness. You can close one end off tighter for weather, convenience, privacy or personal desire, or even set one end much higher than the other. The dynamic tension works whatever you do. Total versatility is the DynaFly’s thing!

The spreader pole across the top gives an incredibly spacious feeling inside. There are three D-rings at the cross-ridge, and I could gather my hammock up and pull it up to one side and out of the way very easily… and the weight made no change to the dynamics at all. Very nice to get in, under, and out of the breezes without the hammock being in the way. The multiple D-rings also mean that you can put your tent light right overhead or to either side.

And even with the side vestibule doors simply opened on one side [both sides the have vestibule flaps] I could be out of the wind and sit in the sun when it moved around a bit later in the afternoon. And when the flaps are rolled back, they stay tightly rolled up for a really clean, neat look.

I of course had a very steady stream of visitors who wanted to ask questions and find out the details about the DynaFly… that was the primary reason I was there. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with the only reservations being about snow-loading on the relatively flat top panels. That is an obvious drawback, but I think the advantages of the DynaFly far outweigh the concern… if it’s gonna snow take your standard A-frame tarp instead.

Most of the visitors were disappointed to find out that this was a prototype and that they couldn’t put in a order right then and there… I could have sold 8 or 10.

As I said to Josh, the developer, when we first talked and I had not yet even seen the real thing in person, the DynaFly is not going to be anybody new to hammocks first tarp. But for those who have already learned to fiddle around with tensioning tarps for different weather, it’s a game changer!

It is actually this “fiddle-factor” that makes the DynaFly so useful. The more you mess around with it, the more you find you can do with it.

Once the DynaFly goes into production I suspect that individuals with find plenty of “modz” from their own genius. I can’t wait to see what comes out of this whole process.

As you can tell, I am sold on it. I can easily see this as my “go-to” for almost every outing. The versatility is simply too amazing to pass up. It was by no means my “first tarp”, but it could easily be my last.

And there are still more details about the DynaFly that add to the versatility. There is a second spreader pole for either end that lets the single tarp cover two hammocks set up side-by-side using Dutchware’s Double Chameleon rig [foot ends together/ head ends separated by a pole and special bling]. There are storm panel/doors that can be added at either end to further close them off in severe weather. Josh has thought out an incredible number of details in his development process, and the results are equally incredible.

Simply put… the DynaFly Rocks!

 

For MAHHA, Josh conspired with the developers of the equally amazing new Tensahedron hammock stand [Latherdome and Raftinghanger of Tensa Outdoor]  to donate their two products as a pair for the charity raffle. It pulled a lot of interest, and was won by a nice kid who was blown away to get it.

As you can see, these two new entries in the market are just made for each other! You can’t get any more “cutting edge” than this.

Finally….

It wouldn’t be a MAHHA hang without some great chow… pulled pork sandwiches and about ten side choices. I like MY mac’n’cheeze with Cheetos, and my pulled pork with both horseradish and BBQ sauce. It was a good choice!

Dutchware, JacksRBetter, Cedar Ridge Outdoors and a couple of other vendors were there in person and I enjoyed spending time with them all. The annual raffle raised a whole-buncha money for various charities [I forget the total]. Through the generosity of those above camping/hammocking community vendors and plenty of others, we had four TQ/UQ pairs, several tarps, at least 4 full hammock setups, knives, bling, somebody took home a Shug-shirt, and a whole-buncha more stuff to toss our tickets after. [I got bupkis, but had a Gr8 time!]

 

 

 

Mid-Atlantic Hammock Hang 2018

God willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…. [thx Hurricane Michael!]… the Château staff are off on a road trip to Pennsylvania.

 

Then on to Carolina for a week to see the sweetie and help her get her house on the market.

We have 99 people signed up for MAHHA this year and a huge number of donations from vendors for the charity auction. It should be a blast.

I’m taking the “DynaFly” prototype that the developer sent me and will be meeting him there to discuss and show off the units.

 

Along the way I will be picking up the schweeet Campground Cruiser that Mr. Hook the bicycle wrench built for me.

Reflective Snake Skin Tires, moustache bars, and a throwback to the 80’s with frame and parts.

Just U-gly enough that [hopefully] nobody will wanna boost it.