It has been a while since my last post, but a lot has gone on in the past week or so.
Forest: To begin with, and as you can see from the above video, I had to get out of the house. So on a whim, I gathered my gear, threw it in the truck, and headed out to Dolly Sods Wilderness. It was a blustery trip getting down there, but after a cold night under the camper shell, I spent a day snowshoeing up a frozen creek and following deer tracks until I ultimately stumbled upon the young buck who made them. The trek had no destination, but it certainly had purpose – lung busting hills and cold fresh air.
Factory: I got an email from the shop and they’ve started full-scale production of the Boilers. The progress bar on the right has been adjusted accordingly, and I’m headed there later today to catch some video of the process. I should be able to post it here tomorrow.
Florida: A couple weeks ago, I got an email from one of the guys over at Hammock Forums. The group over there is having their first large Florida “hang” (what hammockers call their group outings) this weekend, and he and a couple of the other guys were hoping to bring their Boilers along with them. While that wasn’t going to be possible, I did have one Boiler – the production sample – that was sitting unused on my desk.
Primarily for liability reasons, I’ve been reluctant to permanently send these out without an etched-on warning about removing the stopper before use. It would really suck if something I made hurt someone. But given that it was a large group that had given me a lot of support, with a finite pending event, and that they promised to return it to me immediately following the hang, I released the production sample into the wild. They intend to shoot some video and I’ll repost that here when it’s available.
Priority for shipping the production Boilers will be based on the order in which I received reservations and then pre-orders. But if you have ordered one and have a fixed event coming up, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. I know that a Backpacking Light group is meeting in SoCal in late February and I really hope that production Boilers are shipping by that point. They’ll look a lot better than the sample.