Same here, though I have also made them from pieces cut from a sleeping mat. The advantage of folding it in half, is that if you always fold it the same way, the wet muddy side doesn’t touch anything else in the rucksack.
I like the idea of Wunder’s chair, as it also gives back support.
I’m saving up to buy one of Richard’s thrones, I trust he will stock them with a SOTA logo…?
I generally will spend a few hours on a summit. So, I want to be somewhat comfortable while there. I tried some different alternates beyond a simple ground sheet. I tried a stadium seat similar to the ‘original chair’ and some different kinds of cushioned pads, but none packed very tight and none were very comfortable for very long. I finally spent some money and bought this chair. It was expensive, but it was highly rated by backpackers.
It weighs 1lb 10oz, and packs into a fairly small tote that fits into my backpack with no problem. It is a quick setup and knockdown. It is a low chair, which keeps the weight and packed size down. But, it does take a little effort to get in and out of it. And, because of the pointy legs, it will sink down into soft earth, making it much lower at times. However, it is quite strong, and it has not suffered any damage from sinking into the earth, even when all of the legs do not sink in to the same depth.
The weight and size of everything that you carry has to be considered and trade offs need to be made. So, I’m sure that this is not suitable for everyone. But, it suits me quite well.
I use a padded mat that was originally intended as a laptop sleeve. It fits into a pocket inside the backpack and while it is thin, it improves the comfort of a longer activation, especially when sitting on rocks. Being flexible enough to sit cross legged is also an advantage, so the pilates exercises come in handy there. They have other benefits too…
Like my SOTA activation mentor, Ignacio EA2BD, I also use a small rectangle cut out from a cheap camping sleeping mat, the one with an aluminum side. In fact, mine was a gift from Ignacio, so it’s very likely coming from the same mat.
I also have a tripoded light aluminum foldable camping chair like the one shown by Ignacio in his post, but it’s usually in the boot of my car and I have only used it very few times on some drive:on summits.
Most of the times I seat on rocks, some times, when available, I’ve sat on logs, sometimes on the trig point base and sometimes on the ground, grass, sleeves or whatever it’s down on the floor.
My low back has very bad memories from an activation with snow on the ground without anything to properly seat on.
Since you asked, I always stand. Not going to carry a chair. Not going to sit among cactus needles, snow banks, in mud, red ants, or swarming ladybugs that bite… The trick is to design a complete station that can be in one hand while the other hand is free to key the paddle and write the log. When using an MTR, the paddle is integral (one set up is a magnetically attached pico-palm, another is a built in touch paddle with posts protruding from the MTR case). LiPO battery attaches to the MTR case with velcro. When using the KX2, I designed and made of aluminum an attachment that supports a small log sheet, adds about an ounce, paddle is attached (mic built-in) and battery is inside. Solving the issue of holding everything in one hand comfortably and conveniently is cheaper and easier than carrying a folding chair. A photo of this arrangement is here: Shutterfly - Fred KT5X (aka WS0TA)
I’ve been using something called a Jerry Chair, in combination with a self-inflating pad. The Jerry Chair itself is made of nylon, and is held up by trekking poles. when I made mine, I built a pocket into the seat area to put the inflatable pad. It’s nice having a bit of a backrest in addition to the pad, and the weight is minimal. Mine looks something like the one in this video. Backpacking Jerry Chair - YouTube
If on the summit there aren’t comfortable rocks, I use a shirt as a pillow.
I never brought a chair with me, I have too much stuff, and too little place in the rucksack.
But if you want to get down quickly, this chair should suit your needs…
I usually use the Crazy Creek HEX 2.0 Power Lounger, that’s the blue one with the back. For long hikes or for super quick activations I just bring the folding yellow/grey pad which is a ThermaRest Z-Seat.
Today I brought both so I had more insulation from the snow. I thought that I wouldn’t use the Crazy Creek too much when I got it, but it is fairly light and, for me, the back support makes a big difference when I’m on the air for more than an hour.
This is the only portable one I have… and no I did not choose it… it is already in the boot of the car and I was wondering if I’m brave enough to use it… but after seeing the posts here and realizing this is rather heavy and I may not get far with it, and is too comfortable so I’d take a rest and fall asleep, and it is too attractive in perhaps the wrong ways seeking attention from afar, and may give out the wrong signals, but then again if I get stuck I think satellites will see the luminous pink from far out in space and be able to easily send a rescue should my batteries fail. Then again, the piece of foam sounds attractive, maybe I can find a luminous pink piece of foam? If I DO end up using this, I’ll take a photo!
It sure looks like it! I have wondered what to do with it and it’s been sitting in a store room, I thought, SOTA… but then again… it could indeed be very dangerous to sit in that chair out in the bush!