In early November I was hiking the Long Trail in Vermont, trying to eke out one last weekend section hike before the weather got colder. At this time of year it gets pitch black at 5:00 pm. I finished eating dinner just as the sun went down and then set out to hang my bear bag. After a short visit to the Bromley Shelter privy, I returned to the area where I hung my hammock…or at least I thought I had hung my hammock. Normally I have really good directional sense, but it was really dark, and cold, and I just had a little LED light on me.
All I can say is thank god I use Kelty Triptease to guy out my hammock and tents. Triptease is a highly reflective cord with a Dyneema core. Reflective Scotchlite yarns are woven into the cord that flash back at you when you shine a light on them. My LED soon found my guylines, and relieved, I snuggled into my hammock for the night wearing every piece of clothing I had.
A 50 ft length of Triptease weights 1 oz and while it is not the lightest reflective guyline cord, it certainly is the brightest. With a breaking strength of 188 lbs, Triptease can be a little difficult to cut and once cut the ends must be melted with a candle or match or they fray quickly. Be careful when you do this because Triptease will catch fire and burn.
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