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D4 Portaledge Reviews and Feedback / D4 Octapod Mt. Hooker
« Last post by Deuce on August 26, 2020, 03:34:02 PM »
Chris writes:
Date: August 27, 2020 at 3:03:07 AM GMT+10
To: John Middendorf

Hey John,
Sorry it took me a while to send these pictures and videos. Feel free to use them for whatever you want. Thank you for the great ledge! It was definitely a tight fit for two but the lightness was worth it. During the 17 mile hike in, we were glad to only carry an additional 5kg. It also felt very nice while hauling and allowed us to take extra water. It kept us warm on two cold windy nights on Hooker. The first night was a perfect setup above a small rock ledge that was far too small for the two of us. It kept the wind at bay very nicely that night. The second night setup was not as optimal because we could only find a spot with poor pro that needed to be made into a giant nest anchor and equalized low. The ledge was at an odd angle but it performed really well. It rained on us that night and we stayed completely dry. The Taco effect did not happen either night so it seems as though the square pole design worked. 

Some notes: 
It would have helped to have a slightly more durable material on the upper section of the haul sack. We did manage to wear a hole there during our two and a half days of hauling. A small clip in loop at the bottom would be nice for attaching a poop tube and would allow the user to turn it into a backpack using slings. When carrying down from the summit and across big ramp traverses, we had to carry the ledge so this would have helped.  

Thanks for the great ledge! I'm stoked to try it out on more alpine big walls in the future. I'll make sure to send more pics as more trips happen.

Best, 
-Chris
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BigWalls Forum / Re: portaledge tie in system video
« Last post by MacksWhineturd on August 21, 2020, 08:39:38 PM »
I also feel more comfortable with the harness on.  Remove the leg loops if you want want more comfort.  I feel like if for whatever reason the ledge failed and you're rudely awakened you'd rather be dangling in your harness than a girth hitched sling. 

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BigWalls Forum / Re: Checking back in
« Last post by Max on August 21, 2020, 10:44:31 AM »
Also checking back in....

I'm Max from SF, currently my illustrious career in Big Wall is bailing 3 different times haha.  Seeking the Send post COVID with more knowledge from the forum!
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PORTALEDGE DIY HOMEBUILD INFO / Re: Rainfly general notes
« Last post by Deuce on August 19, 2020, 11:43:11 PM »
You are looking for fabric with at least PU3000 coating. (I get fabric for Delta2p’s with 5000pu coating).  Most fabrics generally come with a thinner coating which is not waterproof.

I also have made, and might make again as I recently found a supplier, PTFE material flys.  But in my experience, breathable flys only work in cold dry arctic type weather. Vented waterproof flys for portaledges are better for all around stormproofness.
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PORTALEDGE DIY HOMEBUILD INFO / Re: GOOD CHINA TUBE BENDER SOURCE
« Last post by Deuce on August 19, 2020, 11:38:33 PM »
I bought this bender to make a Delta3p, by the way, for bending smooth radius’s on 35mm*1.5mm 2024-t3 aluminum  tube, works great!
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PORTALEDGE DIY HOMEBUILD INFO / Good custom tube bending equipment from China.
« Last post by Deuce on August 19, 2020, 08:21:16 PM »
I have had good luck with this company, who makes custom benders to your spec--tube diameter and radius of bend.  This custom radius 35mm tube bender was $400usd shipped to Australia.

Recommended radius based on tube diameter and wall thickness also attached:
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PORTALEDGE DIY HOMEBUILD INFO / Re: Rainfly general notes
« Last post by Deuce on August 19, 2020, 02:33:40 AM »
This is very good fly material, what we use on D4’s
https://ripstopbytheroll.com/collections/waterproof-polyester-fabric/products/hyperd-301?variant=11156282881

7 yards usually suffices, depending on your design. They sell by half yard, so 14 or 15 half yards will generally be enough.
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PORTALEDGE DIY HOMEBUILD INFO / Re: Rainfly general notes
« Last post by Djdriftking on August 18, 2020, 08:45:01 PM »
I've been making measurements and paper prototypes today and I think I'm ready to purchase the materials to start making a fly--I was wondering what denier fabric that you used in the more modern flys? I read in previous literature that the "lightweight 70d" almost resulted in your demise on half dome--does that still hold true or has fabric technology advanced enough that it's safe to use materials less than 200d oxford?
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Love the history in this thread, and it was still good reading second time around!

(PS I'm mostly posting to validate my forum member status, so that my email addy doesn't get booted off the member list as spam, as per a recent email received from Deuce4).
;-)
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BigWalls Forum / Checking back in
« Last post by MtnTradman on August 17, 2020, 09:12:57 PM »
Been over at our Big Walls Forum Fb group maintaining that group with the other Admins and  Mods but will divvy up my time better to be   here more .

Hope everyone is doing good these days and revving up for Fall.
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