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    Agree with just folding them over. If you carry a...

    Agree with just folding them over. If you carry a 6 footer, then you also inherently have a 3 footer and an 18 incher with you too.

    If thats a no-go and you already have the dogbones, consider...
  2. Warning: a single blanket by itself isn't good...

    Warning: a single blanket by itself isn't good for much as an underquilt. Two together do very well, but i would only use a single layer concept indoors or on warm summer outings.
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    Costco down blankets make cheap and easy top...

    Costco down blankets make cheap and easy top quilt boosters.
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    Like others mentioned, consider using the...

    Like others mentioned, consider using the smash-n-go method of just using a plastic pack liner. This allows the quilts to fill up the nooks and crannies in bottom of the pack unlike a stuff sack that...
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    I did the math on this a while back when i was...

    I did the math on this a while back when i was researching spandex suspensions

    Here's the lowdown:

    Lightest: Wookie, Clew, 4-Corner
    Midweight: Shockcord Side-Channel (standard suspension)...
  6. Thread: Down hoods

    by leiavoia
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    My opinion is if you're going to get a sleeping...

    My opinion is if you're going to get a sleeping bag, just get a down hood and a quilt.
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    Like fiberglass insulation or the air-bubble...

    Like fiberglass insulation or the air-bubble kind?

    I've got a roll of foil-faced fiberglass insulation left over from redoing my own HVAC system this summer. Hmmmm...
  8. Its okay to admit that hammocks are not miracles...

    Its okay to admit that hammocks are not miracles ("heresy!").

    I don't sleep well (or at all) in a hammock either, but i find that i rest better in a hammock when backpacking.

    At home i lounge...
  9. You have the right idea. Just because the strap...

    You have the right idea. Just because the strap has a sewn loop in it doesnt mean you are required to use it.

    This doesnt fix the problem caused by the whoopie itself though. It needs extra room...
  10. It should be fine if you are attaching along the...

    It should be fine if you are attaching along the seam. KAM snaps push the fibers aside when you insert the stem. It doesnt cut anything.

    The only concern is that you will have a small,...
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    My normal above-freezing routine is to change...

    My normal above-freezing routine is to change into dry cotton undies in camp and take my hiking wear down to the creek to wash. I then ring them dry and sling over the hammock ridgeline (not the...
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    Costco down blankets are a cheap and easy way to...

    Costco down blankets are a cheap and easy way to add booster strength to your quilts. They are also nice around the house when you are not camping.
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    ^ Repeated for emphasis. Gear-talk is fine,...

    ^ Repeated for emphasis.

    Gear-talk is fine, but experience is better.

    In a storm or an emergency, you need to be able to set up fast without too much thought. Otherwise panic and frustration...
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    All that said, most any tarp will eventually need...

    All that said, most any tarp will eventually need re-sealing no matter what.

    Its a simple thing to do: just lay the tarp on the floor and brush the goo into the seam. Allow to dry. Done.

    If...
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    For backpacking, two tips: 1) Wash up. Clothes...

    For backpacking, two tips:

    1) Wash up. Clothes or no clothes, i find it very helpful to rinse off at the end of the day with a washrag and water bottle at the very least. Nearby running stream is...
  16. Just double-up the fabric if you think its...

    Just double-up the fabric if you think its skimpy.

    Don't feel bad about getting regular off-the-shelf ripstop nylon from the local fabric store. These make really solid hammocks.
  17. Sanity check: you're not sleeping on your stomach...

    Sanity check: you're not sleeping on your stomach in the hammock NOW, are you? Because that's just never going to work.
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    I keep lines permanently on the tarp, pre-tied...

    I keep lines permanently on the tarp, pre-tied with an adjustable sliding knot loop. Setup is easy: just slide the loop over the stake. Never had any problem with tangles.
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    I suppose if you really needed it up higher, you...

    I suppose if you really needed it up higher, you could put a trekking pole through it after staking it out.

    But I usually just live with the fact that it’s going to be a bit floppy.
  20. If you're going to go that far, why not just skip...

    If you're going to go that far, why not just skip the whoopie altogether and tie strap directly into continuous loops? This is how i do it now.

    If you're already tying knots, you just don't need...
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    That's how i went around Mt. St. Helens. It...

    That's how i went around Mt. St. Helens. It worked out really well. Exploded volcanoes are just not good hammock country.

    @Aaronbagby: You can try a hybrid pad/quilt combo if you want to hang but...
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    Washington is packed with wilderness areas and...

    Washington is packed with wilderness areas and forests that are wonderful for hammocking. I have not encountered any special anti hammock rules for any of the area I visit (mostly the cascades)....
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    Curious: did you go before or after fires? I...

    Curious: did you go before or after fires? I heard this area got crispy and too bad because i have not yet been out there.
  24. Thread: Need the pros

    by leiavoia
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    Many people own one. I like the blackbird, but i...

    Many people own one. I like the blackbird, but i dont like the footbox (It causes calf-ridge). Love the shelf, though!
  25. Thread: Need the pros

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    I don't sleep well in a hammock either. However,...

    I don't sleep well in a hammock either. However, the net benefit for backpacking means i take the hammock anyway. The alternative is worse. I really need to be on my side for airways to work best, so...
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    +1 on using a costco throw as a quick fix, but...

    +1 on using a costco throw as a quick fix, but you are right about it being bulky.

    Depending on how much effort you want to put into this, if you really want to eliminate cold spots, you can try...
  27. If i have a hammock, i specifically do not want...

    If i have a hammock, i specifically do not want it getting wet.
  28. SilNylon hasnt worked for me either. I like...

    SilNylon hasnt worked for me either.

    I like the vacuum bags, but they lack durability when also using them as a stuff sack. The zippers tend to lose integrity at some point, although i'm still...
  29. Thread: Tree damage

    by leiavoia
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    Tarps do not need to be strung tightly, so there...

    Tarps do not need to be strung tightly, so there is minimal impact.

    If you need even less impact, you can actually tie the tarp into the suspension strap of the hammock itself. That's how i do it....
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    Yes, this is a typical "transitional" set up for...

    Yes, this is a typical "transitional" set up for persons who dont have a specific top-quilt/underquilt combo. Its okay to use what you have. Some people even prefer having the full bag.
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    I have used foam, and it does not work well. Main...

    I have used foam, and it does not work well. Main problem are:
    - Buckles and warps.
    - Acts as a vapor barrier; produces condensation from sweat.
    - Unwieldy in backpack.
    - Most pads for...
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    Yes, it will add more side-flap unless you lay at...

    Yes, it will add more side-flap unless you lay at an extreme diagonal.

    I have not found that wider hammocks provide more comfort or flatter lay. ~60" is about right.

    If you want to reduce...
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    1: 1.0 fabrics are a bit sketchy for hammocks....

    1: 1.0 fabrics are a bit sketchy for hammocks. Don’t feel bad about getting something robust and durable when that is your shelter that you depend on. Also, comfort is more important than a few extra...
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    Depending on how much work you want to put into,...

    Depending on how much work you want to put into, you might consider a clew suspension conversion.
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    Know what would be great? A strap sampler pack. ...

    Know what would be great? A strap sampler pack.

    If any of you independent vendors out there want to create such a thing, you could easily sell it to over-analyzing customers like you see here.
  36. Dry-Bag Pillow Experiment - You Can Help!

    I'm wondering if i can create a hammock knee-pillow from a dry bag by simply "inflating" it. I'm not sure which, if any, brands are air-tight. I need your help to test this.

    If you have a 20L+ dry...
  37. I agree with having a knee pillow. For next level...

    I agree with having a knee pillow. For next level support, try:

    Vacuum Travel Bags

    and

    Lev's $1 Ultimate Knee Pillow Hack
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    "Easiest" and "most ultralight" are sometimes at...

    "Easiest" and "most ultralight" are sometimes at odds with each other. Also, straps may not be the best place to try to save weight, as these are your supports that you need to be able to depend on....
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    I do pointy end up because the poles fit nicely...

    I do pointy end up because the poles fit nicely through the D-rings and catch on the pole's basket. It sets up in 2 seconds. I dont care about handles getting dirty; everything is going to get dirty...
  40. Washington is packed with trails. Be Sure to get...

    Washington is packed with trails. Be Sure to get lorain’s book One Night Wilderness: Portland. It has dozens of places about the length you are looking for. Worth every penny and most of my trip...
  41. I have a guylines permanently attached to the...

    I have a guylines permanently attached to the tarp D-Rings. The free end of the cord is just tied to itself with any sliding knot, forming an adjustable loop. You put the loop around the stake and...
  42. I have tautline/midshipmans hitch pre-tied on my...

    I have tautline/midshipmans hitch pre-tied on my guylines. I just slide the knot to where i want and loop it onto the stake. I do zero knot tying in the field with that setup and i dont need any...
  43. Sap Amsteel abrasion damage I'm not too...

    Sap

    Amsteel abrasion damage

    I'm not too worried about damaging a tree with 4" of bark on it, but i dont want my stuff shredded up and gobbed with sap. Between strap and amsteel, i think the...
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    Consider just clipping your main backpack to the...

    Consider just clipping your main backpack to the hammock and going on dayhikes with a packable daypack like one of these:

    https://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Creek-Packable-Daypack-Black/dp/B06XH44JXM/
    ...
  45. It’s a good idea but it doesn’t work. ...

    It’s a good idea but it doesn’t work.

    Superglue is too brittle. Purpose-made fabric tac glues easily pull apart. They are mostly for temporary tacking while sewing.

    Sorry :-(
  46. Thread: Down hoods

    by leiavoia
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    I just took the detachable hood off a down jacket...

    I just took the detachable hood off a down jacket i got from Goodwill for $10. I take it with me in the colder shoulder seasons when overnight temps approach freezing.
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    "Best" is a very subjective term, but if it were...

    "Best" is a very subjective term, but if it were me, just sew an eye on one end and loop it through. no hardware required.

    If its for a park where weight doesnt matter, then use any of the...
  48. Here's an alternative design for costco blankets...

    Here's an alternative design for costco blankets you can try based on this original clew suspension research. Its not everyone's cup of tea, but its how i do mine.
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    I like the way it turned out, though. Its got a...

    I like the way it turned out, though. Its got a really classy look to it. Kind of a fighter-jet vibe. Who else is going to have one like that? ;-)

    I know you already faux-baffled it, but you can...
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    Ultralight backpacking table. 2oz, folds flat. ...

    Ultralight backpacking table. 2oz, folds flat.

    https://cascadewild.com/ultralight-folding-table
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