A Hands Free Umbrella:

What a good idea that would be, especially if you need to use both hands for trekking poles on rough or steep terrain. When the weather is really humid, you really need a roof to keep you dry (and warm). A raincoat in such circumstances will just see you soaked and frozen.

See: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-importance-of-a-roof/ & http://www.theultralighthiker.com/?s=rain)

In such circumstances my ultralight poncho tent may save your life: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/ultralight-poncho-tent/ & http://www.theultralighthiker.com/poncho-tent-update/

There are several possibilities. For example Antigravity Gear has a model featuring clips which attach your trekking umbrella to your back pack. https://www.antigravitygear.com/shop/rain-gear/swing-handsfree-backpack-umbrella/

There are several other possibilities, such as:

 

 

 

 

A search for ‘hands free umbrellas’ will provide you with lots of fun and amusement!

One I particularly like is the Ufocap: http://ufocap.tradekorea.com/product/detail/P280367/UFOCAP—Innovative-Umbrella.html?minisiteprodgroupno=32229 These little guys cost about $10 on eBay and weigh about 170 grams. Even if they look a bit silly they should do the job. The ones with transparent panels (at least at the front) would help you see where you were going.

A reader also recommends this excellent DIY solution to attaching your umbrella to your pack here:https://ramblinghemlock.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/umbrella-rigging.html

I think I would caption this one, ‘Fun with Umbrellas’. Well done ‘Rambling Hemlock’.

 

 

2 Responses

  1. Hey – You always surprise me. Thanks for more ideas on this subject.

    Another good post on this subject is Rambling Hemlock’s “Umbrella rigging” from Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    At: https://ramblinghemlock.blogspot.com/2014/03/umbrella-rigging.html

    • Thank you again Dave for your thoughtful suggestion. I have included it at the end of my post as I just love DIY things. Your friend ‘Rambling Hemlock’ looks a delight in her umbrella!

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