Trailhead Supply Blog / Coffee with Andy
Wow more of you than I thought …..Well this is great. Welcome to the first of what I hope becomes a never ending weekly gathering around a good ol cup of coffee. So, this is kind of a work in progress and I not only think, I know, that the format will be always evolving; since what I had envisioned has only lasted 44 words now.
So, I had started to write on a safe topic to kick off “Coffee with Andy” with just to test the water so to speak. “The weather”, since NW Montana broke every known record in rainfall this October for this part of the world, 4.86” if you are keeping track. But then, by accident, I stumbled into a discussion on Facebook that became a debate….Which then led to talks around Trailhead Supply’s coffee pot and on and on and on…. Because we all know packers are always right!!!!
The questions was asked……..Who out there packs using ratchet straps? Immediately I leaned back in my chair and said “What???????” Why would you…how would you even do that? I hadn’t even looked or considered the whole safety side of this thought process. There would be no quick release knot. All I could picture is some guy losing his teeth as he tries to wrestle the ratcheting mechanism to release everything during a wreck. And boom!!!...hoof…teeth…hand over mouth….while mumbling adult adjectives. I’m starring at the monitor trying to just get a visual in my mind…..Now don’t get me wrong I love to look at packing pictures floating through my facebook news feed. I enlarge them and study them just to see what folks are hauling, where they are headed and how they are securing the loads to their pack saddle. But the only place I’ve ever seen a ratchet strap used before other than on a flatbed trailer is on my friend John’s top pack, which I don’t understand and probably never will.….He just won’t conform to tradition and use rope. See I’m a decker guy we like rope. So, when one starts in with tying a load on with ratchet straps I don’t get it…. at all!!! I basket hitch almost everything the rope goes around and then under. Not feasible with a ratchet strap. Even if you barrel hitch I could see if you had 2 ratchet straps maybe but then again, why??? Then I actually found a picture of this online, someone was hauling lumber, using 2 ratchet straps but still, why? I was then sent a picture after a discussion with friends, and a ratchet strap was used to secure five gallon jugs to a metal rack hanging on a sawbuck…..Note, I took interest in this since I have the same metal racks. I liked that idea… a lot!!! Even though I’m a traditionalist and use rope for many different reasons I’m always looking for something faster and easier……which I really haven’t found yet. Except for maybe a short ratchet strap on a metal rack.
Remember an uneducated guy and a donkey settled the west. There are folks out there making this whole packing thing seem difficult…Only to sell more books or videos….. If it works for you, do it. If you and your stock can keep safe, use it. If it helps you get out on the trail more, I’m all for it. Until next week………..
See you on the trail.
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For years now, starting with my grandfather, who called everyday ….I mean every day, at 5:30 am to have coffee with me no matter where I was in the world. Now there were days this drove me flat nuts and my wife wasn’t thrilled back when the girls were small and he woke them up. In years to follow he still woke them up just so they could say he’s not here he is still packing in the Bob Marshall….yes!! Again. Then he would talk to them at 5:30 in the morning while he had his coffee……………What we all wouldn’t do just to have those talks today……
Over the years somethings have changed but not really that much in the overall big picture. I still get up and have my morning pot of coffee and share that special time with friends and family but just not across the table but around the world via the internet. Just like days gone by at the old coffee shop, sitting under the covered porch in front of the general store, or sitting around the fire. Topics and thoughts cover the gamete and change from day to day. You can be part of these conversations and thoughts in the privacy of your own home or as you ride the bus to work in some big city (where I will never live again) on that mobile device. So, starting next Wednesday at 6am MST I’ll share the discussions and stories I get to be part of throughout the week as I enjoy that big mug of Joe and visit with my back country friends around the globe. Pour you a cup, put your feet up, and get ready… here comes the coffee wisdom.
Have another cup. ~Andy