If you have read any of my previous articles I first stepped into MYOG (Make Your Own Gear) with an attempt at a bivy sack. Long story short, your first attempt at MYOG should not be a large project like a bivy sack, start small. I never finished that project but learned a lot form it and am getting ready for attempt two.
Before starting off on attempt two of the Bivy sack, I decided to try something small. On my Mt Whitney tip, I carried Crampons for the entire trip. I was fortunate I did because of the early season trip, we would not have been able to complete the hike without them.
I hated placing my crampons in my pack each time I used them, because I was afraid their tips would puncture everything in my pack. They also would get everything wet.
I had some Gridstop Fabric laying around and a zipper that were going to be used to make a bag for my failed bivy sack. I decided to use that and create a bag for my crampons.
If you would like to create your own Crampon bag or really just a bag in general with a zipper, I followed this tutorial:
I don’t have a the fancy heat cutter he used to cut his fabric but, I did just fine with scissors. I also chose to only use one zipper pull instead of two.
My finished product is by no means a perfectly sewn bag like the one in the video, I definitely rushed it a little and didn’t have pins or chalk, so I only did rough measurements with a ruler and eye balled a bunch. I honestly was very skeptical I was going to have a usable bag at all by the time I flipped it inside out, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was static my Crampons even fit inside the finished product!
Here are some pictures of the finished product:
Things I learned
- Sewing Straight is not as easy as professionals make it look, even when you have fabric with grid lines on it…
- Cuben Fiber is slippery, and you definitely need to secure two pieces together between each other.
- Not sure if pins are the right answer for Cuben, but will try Cuben fiber double sided tape on my next project to help hold pieces together and help me sew straighter.
- Installing a zipper was not as difficult as I thought it would be.
- Next one of these I make will have a small handle at one end.
- I need more small projects before attempting my bivy sack again.